Oven baked teriyaki salmon in foil is an amazing healthy fish dinner. Baked in an oven to flaky fork tender in just 15 minutes, it will be the best baked salmon you will ever make.
We call this our easy Asian salmon. Ok so sometimes we cheat and use bottled instead of our homemade teriyaki sauce. Either way though it turns out perfectly cooked, moist, with a ton of flavors. If you love fish for dinner you need to try this hack that keeps all the YUM locked inside the “boat”. (affiliate links present)
Baked Teriyaki Salmon
I use this sauce A LOT. Since I was born on the island of Oahu Hawaii I guess it was just ingrained in me while growing up. Between this and soy sauce it was just a staple in our house and on our table. Now that I am an adult I still revert to making things like teriyaki chicken thighs in the oven. Now my kids are obsessed too.
Don’t know why it took me this long to share how to cook fish with teriyaki. I guess I assumed I’d already done so. Last night when I had a salmon filet that needed to be cooked, I once again baked salmon in the oven with teriyaki sauce. This time I took pictures to show you just how easy this foil packet meal really is.
How Long to Bake Salmon at 350
Let me start by saying we are VERY particular when it comes to the “doneness” of fish. Not only did I grow up in Hawaii where I ate a lot of it, but then when I married we lived in San Clemente right by the beach. Then we moved to Idaho and I realized not everyone knows that grey is too done. Ugggg, it’s so disappointing when I see this.
SO let me educate you on the fact that underdone is better than over when it comes to baking this. It is okay to have a little bit pink right in the center where it is just a bit translucent.
- If it is grey at all on the bottom or middle you have killed it. Decrease your timing next time if this occurs. Treat it gentle, it doesn’t need a lot of time friends.
I like to cut my large filet into 3 inch pieces. That way they are easier to eat and cook evenly as well. Either way I feel like 15 minutes total is just about right. Of course the thicker your piece is in the center the more variation in cook time there will be.
How to Bake Salmon in the Oven
If your family is anything like ours you have different preferences all the way around. My husband loves totally raw salmon sushi, so does my middle daughter. So when it comes to baking it they like it more underdone than myself and my youngest. NO problem because thicker pieces take longer so I give them the middle sections.
Two pieces are placed into each aluminum foil “bowl” of sorts. They get 2 middle chunks while we get 2 pieces closer to the ends which are thinner than the others. That way when it is done all of us are happy. You only need two ingredients with seasonings at the end (if you think that is necessary)
- Salmon cut into 3″ pieces is what I prefer. 2 pieces will be in each piece of foil – or 1 serving per piece basically is best.
- Your choice of teriyaki sauce, or make a homemade version – thicker is better
- If you love this and want to try it with other flavors you could sprinkle our salmon dry rub on the top fillet
Salt and pepper is the only thing I ever add at the end. I don’t always think that is necessary. To taste of course. You could add a dry rub like we did with our baked Smithfield pork loin if you wanted really bold flavors. From start to finish this is an under 30 minute meal which is fantastic.
Foil Packet Salmon
You could totally cook this if you were camping too. I might prep them, put in a frozen filet in the center and they’ll defrost in the cooler.
As soon as they thaw you’ll want to cook them that night. I mean fish starts to smell, well fishy and you won’t enjoy that with or around your other foods. Great as an RV meal as well if you ask me.
Best side dishes with salmon would be a batch of pressure cooker rice or a low carb choice would be spaghetti squash pasta. You can start all of these at the same time. Then you’ll be prepped and you can serve dinner when your family is hangry! To make this you just;
- Cut salmon fillet into 3″ pieces. Lay 12″ pieces of non stick foil on counter. Lay 1-2 pieces of salmon in the middle of each piece of aluminum. Fold up on sides so it looks like a boat with high sides and fish in the center.
- I do not close the top as I like the sauce to thicken and a bit browned on top
- Pour about 3 tbsp of teriyaki sauce on the top of each one so the top is nicely coated. A bit of sesame oil can be added too.
- Place foil “boats” on a baking sheet and put into preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- * Timing will vary slightly depending on how thick your fillet pieces are. Another variation will be how well done you want your fish to be. This is usually perfect, we do not like overcooked fish at all.
- Remove from oven and add 1-2 more Tbsp of teriyaki on the top of each one. Season with salt and pepper if you wish
If you want to pretty your foil packet up you can sprinkle diced green onions and sesame seeds on top. Super easy right??
How long does it take to grill salmon in a foil packet?
If you are taking this on a camping trip it will take about the same amount of time. Of course it depends on how hot your grill or campfire is but typically you’re still looking at about 15 minutes. You will need to enclose the whole thing unless you have a grate to set them on. Steaming salmon in foil is totally fine too, just won’t get browned on top.
What temperature do you grill salmon in foil?
If you are using charcoal you will want to light and wait until they turn grey so the flames aren’t still rising. For one that has a temperature gauge you’d still want to follow the same directions as below, so 350 would be ideal. Make foil pack the same way but closed at the top so it steams.
Looking for other ways of cooking salmon you’ll be obsessed with after giving this a 5 star rating? Try air fryer frozen salmon or frozen salmon in Instant Pot too. Both of those are done in under 20 minutes. Just use a bit of olive oil or a pat of butter on top, steam and serve.
Baked Salmon in Foil
If you have leftovers you can serve as fish tacos or chop up and throw it into a stir fry with vegetables the next day!
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Oven Baked Teriyaki Salmon in Foil
- 1 aluminum foil
- Cut salmon into 3" pieces. Lay 12" pieces of non stick foil on counter. Lay 1-2 pieces in the middle of each piece of aluminum, fold up on sides so it looks like a boat with high sides and fish in the center.
- Pour about 3 tbsp of teriyaki sauce on the top of each one so the top is nicely coated. Place foil "boats" on a baking sheet and put into preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- * Timing will vary slightly depending on how thick your fillet pieces are and how well done you want your fish to be, this is usually perfect, we do not like overcooked fish at all.
- Remove from oven and add 1-2 more Tbsp of teriyaki on the top of each one, season with salt and pepper if you wish, serve and enjoy with a side of rice and/or vegetables.