Baked Salmon in Foil with Asparagus and Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

This baked salmon dish is a perfect blend of simplicity and flavor. The salmon is cooked to perfection alongside tender asparagus, all wrapped in foil and topped with a rich lemon garlic butter sauce. This recipe is quick, easy, and ideal for a healthy dinner.


Ingredients

  • For the Salmon and Asparagus:
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  1. Prepare the Foil Packets:
  • Lay out four large pieces of aluminum foil, each about 12 inches long.
  1. Season the Salmon:
  • Place a salmon fillet in the center of each piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  1. Prepare the Asparagus:
  • Divide the trimmed asparagus evenly among the four foil packets, placing them around the salmon fillets.
  1. Make the Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce:
  • In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, chopped parsley, thyme (if using), and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  1. Drizzle the Sauce:
  • Pour the lemon garlic butter sauce evenly over each salmon fillet and asparagus.
  1. Seal the Foil Packets:
  • Fold the sides of the foil up over the salmon and asparagus, sealing them to form tight packets.
  1. Bake the Salmon:
  • Place the foil packets on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  1. Serve:
  • Carefully open the foil packets (watch out for the steam). Transfer the salmon and asparagus to plates and drizzle any remaining sauce from the foil over the top.
  1. Garnish and Enjoy:
    • Garnish with additional fresh parsley and lemon slices if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious baked salmon with asparagus and lemon garlic butter sauce!

This recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion. The foil packets make cleanup a breeze and keep the salmon moist and flavorful. Enjoy!

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