Sunday, March 17, 2019


Basil & lemon baked salmon in foil is a healthy salmon recipe and an easy way to make a low-carb, Paleo and gluten-free dinner the whole family will love! 

Gluten-free lemon salmon recipe on tin foil for a healthy dinner.

 We would be celebrating with this basil & lemon baked salmon in foil, a few side dishes, and of course a huge peanut butter or chocolate cake for dessert.

Dessert was always my dad’s favorite.

It’s not often I get too personal on here.  However, Father’s Day is this weekend and I can’t help but get a little emotional.

It’s been over nine years since I last hugged my dad.  A hug I will never forget.

I can still feel his arms squeezing me tight and telling me how much he loved me.

An overhead picture of a healthy salmon recipe with lemon slices and fresh herbs.

He was the best dad ever.  A father to four boys and two girls.

My dad attended every sports game, dance recital, piano performance, school play, awards ceremony, and any other event his kids were in.

He was the man.  And I was his princess.

So much has happened since that cold and dreary day in 2008.  I graduated college and then dental school.

I met and married the love of my life.  We moved to Austin and bought our first house.

I started this food blog where I get to make yummy recipes like this lemon salmon every day.

My little sister and two of my brothers got married.  Three more grandchildren were born.  The list goes on and on.

Easy baked salmon recipe with lemons on a baking sheet lined with foil.


This weekend in June has and always will be difficult for me.  No matter how old I am, no matter how many years it has been.

I know there are many of you out there that can completely relate.  It’s OK to be sad, but it’s also OK to be happy for those you still have in your life.

You may be celebrating your dad, your husband, your grandfather, your father-in-law, or another father-figure in your life this weekend.

Whoever it is you are celebrating, please make sure to give him lots of love.

Whether that is making this basil & lemon baked salmon in foil for lunch, going for a hike, or playing catch outside, cherish each and every minute you have with them.

(This lemon & basil baked salmon in foil takes minimal prep so you can maximize your time with your men!!)

A row of Basil & Lemon Baked Salmon on a baking sheet lined with foil.


While this basil and lemon salmon in foil is already a low-carb, Paleo, whole30, and gluten-free dinner recipe, there are a few tweaks you can make:

  • Try using dill instead of basil.
  • Switch up the citrus and try out limes or oranges!
  • Not a fan of baking salmon in foil?  Feel free to use parchment paper instead.

A close up picture of gluten-free baked salmon in foil with slices of lemon on top.

Basil & Lemon Baked Salmon in Foil
This salmon is baked in foil and topped with basil and lemon.

  •  Course Main Course
  •  Cuisine Seafood
  •  Prep Time 5 minutes
  •  Cook Time 20 minutes
  •  Total Time 25 minutes
  •  Servings 6 servings
  •  Calories 265 kcal
  •  Author London
  • 1 ½ lbs salmon cut into 6 fillets
  • 6 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 handful basil finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 6 lemon slices

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Lay salmon fillets on aluminum foil, evenly spaced.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl combine butter, garlic, basil, juice, salt and pepper. Mix with a spoon until combined.
  4. Pour half of the lemon-basil sauce over salmon fillets. Reserve the remaining sauce for later.  Top each fillet with one lemon slice.

  5. Close aluminum foil around salmon to make a packet. Bake salmon for 15 minutes without undoing the foil packet.
  6. Open the foil packet, pour remaining lemon-basil sauce over fillets and return salmon to oven under a High broil for 5-7 minutes.

  7. Watch salmon closely while broiling. Once salmon starts to brown slightly, remove from oven and serve immediately.