Want something quick and easy for dinner with very little cleanup? Salmon in foil packet with potatoes to the rescue! You just slice up the potatoes, chop the tomatoes, and then layer everything into a piece of aluminum foil, folded into a packet. Then just pop it in the oven. When you’re done, just toss the foil . No cleanup!
Since this is cooked in foil, there are no pots to scrub after dinner. I do like cooking, but I’m not that mad about cleaning up afterward, so this is a big bonus as far as I am concerned.
If you can, get the salmon at Trader Joe’s. Their frozen salmon is considerably cheaper than the fresh salmon at the usual market. You will have to defrost it first, but that’s easy enough (just stick it in the fridge in the morning). Other than that, there’s very little effort involved in making this dish. It’s flavorful, it’s one pot (er, foil packet), and it’s an entire dinner in one simple package.
The citrus adds zest, the tomatoes are sweet, and the potatoes are baked right in the package with the salmon. Plus, the foil keeps the salmon from drying out. Because nobody wants to eat hard, dry fish!
I don’t like freshly-cooked tomatoes (even though I love tomato sauce and soup), so I added them at the end. If you don’t have that weird problem, put them in the packet with the rest of the ingredients.
UPDATE: I’ve altered this a bit because the potatoes didn’t always cook through in 25 minutes. So, now the process is start with the potatoes and onions, then add the fish later.
Salmon Foil Packets with Potatoes
Salmon in foil packet with potatoes is a quick meal with no cleanup. Your entire dinner in one easy package.
1 salmon fillet
Make sure to slice the potatoes thinly so they cook all the way through.
- 1 small potato sliced thinly
- 1 salmon fillet (about 6-8 oz)
- 1 T olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 small onion sliced
- 1 tsp lemon juice (preferably from a fresh lemon)
- pinch dried thyme
- pinch dried oregano
- one small tomato, chopped (or use 3-4 grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half)
- Heat toaster oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the potato slices on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to hold the salmon.
- Drizzle the slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and add the onions.
- Wrap in foil and bake for 10-15 minutes.
- Open the package, add the fish, and season with salt and pepper.
- Squeeze the lemon juice over the top.
- Sprinkle the fish with the thyme and oregano.
- Wrap the foil up again into a package, and bake the salmon for 25 minutes.
- Open the packet and add the tomato.
Salmon Foil Packet with Potatoes Substitutions and Variations
- squeeze some orange juice over the salmon
- add lemon and/or orange slices to the packet
- add a dollop of butter
- throw in some extra veggies, like bell pepper or zuchhini
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