Cilantro lime salmon in foil may be the easiest salmon dinner you’ve ever cooked. From prep to cleanup you’re looking at a quick 30 minutes all-in.
Baked Salmon with cilantro and lime is, of course, a Mexican inspired combo of flavors. I was intrigued by a similar salmon recipe I came across that used lime and chopped jalapeños (which I still need to try by the way).
I LOVE spicy BUT… I thought cilantro may be more of a crowd-pleaser for a more mild and tangy dish. Cilantro and lime is a common combo I cook with all the time in fish tacos etc., but I never thought to try it on the more pronounced salmon flavor.
The fresh lime juice, garlic, honey, cilantro, and cumin all come together to deliver a really zesty dish with just a pinch of sweetness from the honey.
How to Cook Salmon in Foil
If you’ve never cooked salmon in foil, today is the day to start. The foil seals the flavors and juices in and keeps whatever sauce or rub you’re using in close contact with the salmon while it cooks. However, the best part is the 30-second cleanup.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper and place on a large piece of greased tin foil. Fold up all four sides of the foil slightly to prevent the sauce from spilling out. Pour your marinade or sauce over the salmon.
- Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon covering completely, and seal into a closed packet. Place on oven rack and bake until cooked through, usually about 15-20 minutes.
Finish With a Broil
Whenever I cook salmon or trout in foil, I always opt for an uncovered, 5-minute broil at the very end. This lends a crispy final touch that slightly sears and carmelizes the skin so it has a bit more texture and crust.
More Salmon Recipes You’ll Love
- Bourbon glazed salmon
- Grilled cedar plank salmon
- Salmon piccata
- Salmon with creamy avocado sauce
- Grilled salmon with basil butter
- Sesame ginger salmon in foil
- Blackened salmon with cilantro lime butter
Cilantro Lime Salmon in Foil Recipe
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: American
Baked salmon with cilantro and lime is a tangy Mexican inspired salmon entrée that is perfect for summer and super easy to clean up.
- 1 lb salmon filet, skin removed (on is OK too)
- 1/2 lime, juice squeezed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2–3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1–2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- In a small bowl, combine lime juice, garlic, honey, cilantro, olive oil, and cumin. Stir well and set aside.
- Season salmon filet with salt and pepper to taste and place on a large piece of greased tin foil. Fold up all four sides of the foil slightly to prevent the sauce from spilling onto the counter. Pour the cilantro lime sauce over the salmon.
- Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon covering completely, and seal into a closed packet. Place directly on oven rack and bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
- Optional step: Open the foil exposing the top of the salmon and broil for the last 4-5 minutes, for a browned top. Top with additional cilantro or lime juice just before serving.
For larger pieces of salmon, you may need to layer two sheets of foil to fully wrap.
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 436
- Sugar: 17.6g
- Sodium: 181mg
- Fat: 21.2g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 20.3g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Protein: 44.5g
- Cholesterol: 100mg
Keywords: salmon in foil, cilantro lime salmon
Easy enough to make… I’m not any kind of a fish eater but will make salmon for my hubs and son. Just did a search for Mexican salmon and found this recipe. Was in the mood for guacamole so had to find something to go with that which was not meat as our Lenten holiday countdown has started with no meat on Fridays.
Thanks for a easy recipe with easy clean up!!
Made this with Steelhead instead of salmon as that is what we had. It was the 2nd recipe I looked at when searching for cilantro lime steelhead. Was fabulous and will definitely made again. Might try with other fish also.
Lovely. Foil makes the trick; keeps the juices and easy to clean.
Yes! So easy
Cilantro and lime – what a nice way to dress up a piece of fish. Beautiful and healthy , the perfect equation for the ideal meal.