Salmon in a Bag

This was a last minute post which I didn’t spend as much time on as other posts on this blog  – hence the Diet Coke can in the background 😉 I didn’t anticipate the traffic this post has generated through Pinterest and I’ve received a lot of questions regarding the temperature I cooked this salmon at. Like all recipes on my blog, this was only a suggestion because it worked for me. A few people have suggested raising the temperature or cooking it longer and have shared their experiences in the comment section below.

Lay out a large piece of tin foil. Slice a lemon and lay flat on surface. Lay salmon on top of the lemons. Add butter, salt and pepper then wrap up the sides and fold tightly together, like a pouch. Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 325° or 350° depending on how hot your oven runs.

Tilapia in a Bag is another great recipe to try if you enjoyed this method of cooking.


114 thoughts on “Salmon in a Bag

      1. Judging by the picture, I would guess the salmon is about 3oz, maybe 4oz. 6 lemon slices, 2 slices of butter, course salt, and fresh ground pepper.

  1. I don’t eat butter so I threw a couple tablespoons of coconut oil on top instead (my go to butter replacement). DE-LISH.

    1. Funny, I just went back to including coconut oil in my diet. I am making this for dinner tonight, of course sans the butter. Sounds like a winner

  2. I love iced coffee and I adore easy recipes! I saw yours on Pinterest and am excited to make it tonight. 🙂

  3. I tried this and the salmon didn’t cook all the way. I may have had to big of a fillet or should have just cooked it a little longer. I will probably try it again though.

  4. Hmm.. I guess my piece was just too big… didn’t cook all the way through — ended up having to open the package up to book it after over 35 min in the oven.

  5. Sorry guys, this was a very generic, last minute post and I didn’t take into consideration how large the piece of salmon was and the efficiency of my oven opposed to other’s. When I cook white fish, I cook it at a higher heat but for some reason on the day I made this specific dish it just turned out for me!

  6. First of all…about to do the Salmon recipe for the second time in two weeks as it was such a hit with the family…so thanks for that!!! I wanted to ask one thing concerning the French pressed coffee. You wrote “I filled my French Press with filtered water and ground coffee”…and this may seem a stupid question but was the water hot when you poured it in with the ground coffee or did you simply use cold filtered water? Again, sorry if it seems dumb but I use my French press daily for my personal cup of coffee but that whole “over ice with cream” made me think it would be something my daughter would like…but honestly it also made me think…”over ICE CREAM” wouldn’t be bad either :).

  7. I never would have thought this simple recipe would be SO delicious! I served it with spinach and pasta with alfredo sauce. Thanks for the idea!

  8. In the beginning it says to wrap it tight and then towards the end it says make a pouch. I bringing the four sides together and twisting them until it’s tight around the salmon. Also can you recommend a side dish.

  9. I made this a few weeks back. I had to raise the temp just a touch for my oven. But let me tell you, it was so friggin delicious! It was tender, super flavorful and just all around great. I did add Old Bay to it before putting it in the oven. (East Coast girl) Cooking seafood scares me for some reason, but this was super easy and am making it again tonight. Thank you!

  10. Yum!! My boyfriend said it was the best thing I’ve ever made him And so easy! I made a little over a pound of salmon and cooked it at 350deg for about 40 minutes since it was larger than above. Mmmmmm

    1. Cooked this over a campfire, turning after first 15 minutes, then continued to cook for 10 or so more minutes. Salmon was perfectly cooked.

  11. Made this last night. Guests wanted salmon; I’m not fond of it. Baked at 350 for 30 minutes. Delicious! Easy cleanup and no stink in the house! Used Chilean salmon, was very mild. Thanks for the directions!

  12. Hi,

    I found your recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. My oven and fish definitely required a little more cooking time, but the salmon tasted delicious. You can’t beat simple ingredients and even simpler cooking! For a quick, easy dinner this was fabulous!

    I actually reviewed this one on my blog. Feel free to check it out at

    Thanks again for a great recipe!

    Take care,


  13. Tried this last night- it was AMAZING! I noticed that 300 for 25 minutes was not long enough. We bumped the temp to 350 for 35-40 minutes. It was still extremely moist from the lemon & butter. Used salmon seasoning rather that the S/P and it gave extra flavor.
    May try cutting the salmon prior to cooking to shorten the time. Made it with rice, delicious!

    1. I think she says to put it on a cookie sheet… Unfortunately I didn’t have one so we used an extra layer of aluminum foil. It took longer to cook so I recommend using the sheet!

  14. Just finished eating. It was a hit with everyone in the family. I used steelhead trourt which is very similar to salmon. After I took it out of the oven i didn’t open the pouch until I finished the side dishes and it was cooked perfectly. The juice of the lemon and butter was poured over the pieces I served. Mmm Mmm Good! 🙂

  15. When you are thawing frozen meat/shrimp/fish….leave it in original package or put in ziplock bag THEN submerge in water….this way you won’t lose flavor, moisture or nutrients

  16. So simple, and you’re right- very flavorful for the few ingredients. My husband and I ate it all! You got anymore equally simple recipes for other fish/meat? 😉

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