Delicious Salmon Pesto Foil Packs

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30 MINUTE FOIL PACK MEAL!!! EASY CLEAN UP!!! GREAT FOR LEFTOVERS!!!

How can we not love 30 minute meals!! This salmon pesto foil pack meal is perfect for easy week nights or fancy weekend dinners. With minimal ingredients and quick clean up. It is the perfect blend of seafood meets Italian! Basil pesto sauce is a great addition to the dish due to its healthy ingredients. It is made of olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan cheese. These are considered healthy fats (unsaturated) fats. Salmon offers a great source of protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. I make this dish quit often and it is a hit among my family. Salmon seems to be a fish kids love!

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4 servings ( 4 foil packs) 

First you want to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Then rinse and snip the ends of the green beans. Boil the green beans in a pot for about 4-5 minutes. While those cook cut the tomatoes into halves and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Rinse the salmon and pat dry. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. Set these aside for later.

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Once the green beans are done drain the water from the pot and salt and pepper the green beans to taste. Cut 4 pieces of foil into 16inch long pieces. Lay the green beans evenly in the center of the pack (divide the green beans into 4 equal sections). Place the salmon on top of the green beans in the center. Press down slightly to create an even surface.

Spoon the pesto sauce onto the salmon spreading it out with the spoon. The pesto has a great rich flavor so you do not need too much per foil pack. Evenly distribute the pesto sauce between the 4 pieces of salmon. Add the tomatoes on top with the sliced side facing upward. use the rounded part of the tomato to stick into the pesto sauce. distribute the tomatoes evenly between the 4 salmon pieces. If the top of the salmon fills up just throw the remaining tomatoes into the packs. The tomatoes cook and become so juicy and sweet. This goes great with the green beans and adds to the Italian taste. Last but not least squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the entire foil pack. Yum right?! I bet your mouth is watering just thinking about it! 🙂

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Fold the foil packs by folding each side upward and across the other side making a rectangle pouch. Place packs on a flat baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes to preference. I took my packs out at 28 minutes and they were perfect. I like my salmon cooked through without it being watery or slimy. I like my salmon pink and flakey.

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Ingredients:

4 5 Oz salmon cuts

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans

5 tsp fresh lemon juice

5 tbsp. basil pesto sauce

2 tsp olive oil

Salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste

Instructions: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Rinse and snip the ends of the green beans.
  • Boil green beans for 5 minutes in a pot.
  • While the green beans cook cut the grape tomatoes into halves. Toss with the olive oil and salt/pepper to taste.  Rinse the salmon and pat dry. Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste.
  • Drain the water from the pot and salt/pepper the green beans to taste.
  • Cut 4 pieces of foil into 16inch long pieces. Lay the green beans evenly in the center of the pack (divide the green beans into 4 equal sections). Place the salmon on top of the green beans in the center. Press down slightly to create an even surface.
  • Add the tomatoes on top with the sliced side facing upward. use the rounded part of the tomato to stick into the pesto sauce.
  • squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the entire foil pack.
  • Fold the foil packs by folding each side upward and across the other side making a rectangular pouch.
  • Place packs on a flat baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve in the pack or on a plate and enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe please let me know I’d also appreciate comments with tips and suggestions! Thanks

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January 10, 2018
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76 Comments

  • Reply Georgia Boanoro

    I was thinking of making some salmon for tonight! Thanks you for this easy and healthy recipe, I will try and let you know!

    January 12, 2018 at 8:20 am
    • Reply curlywhipped

      Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy!

      January 12, 2018 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Joan Cajic

    This looks delicious and I love they are all tucked in the foil packet, no fuss no mess.

    January 12, 2018 at 10:25 am
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      Thank you! Yes this is such easy clean up I love it.

      January 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Megan Tan

    30-minute meals are the best recipe for busy mummy and you are so right to say kids love salmon.

    January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Amber

    Yummy! I’ve been meaning to try more foil packs for meals. These look so tasty.

    January 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Everyday Made Fresh

    I’m not a fan of salmon, but since my family is I make it often for them. This sounds like something they would love.

    January 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Jay Colby

    Love this recipe quick and easy are always my go to. This sounds like a great meal I’ve always been a fan of salmon.

    January 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply kraushousemom

    My husband and son would love to have this for dinner. They are both huge fans of salmon and I like no scrubbing a sheet pan.

    January 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Patricia-Ann Que

    i have actually done this recipe before as it is so easy and delicious! sometimes i would add some roasted baby potatoes! very good if your serving a crowd of 4 🙂

    January 12, 2018 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Aditi Kulkarni

    I love salmon and this definitely looks like something I want to try. The fact that it looks non-messy is an added advantage. It could serve as a complete meal in itself, but is there any particular side you think would go best with it?

    January 12, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      Hi, Thank you for the reply. I plated mine with a Caesar salad. The whole pack slid off nicely onto the plate so the meal stays intact. The green beans, fish, and salad made it a great meal. I also tried asparagus instead of green beans and that was great also!

      January 12, 2018 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Dana Brillante-Peller

    Thirty-minute meals are one of my go-to for when we’re running late for a game with the boys. This one looks delicious!

    January 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      Thank you! and yes defiantly great for those busy days.

      January 12, 2018 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Rose

    We enjoy salmon here and usually have pesto on hand so this recipe could happen . Thank you for giving me a new salmon recipe.

    January 12, 2018 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply adstanfield25

    I love making foil packets. So quick and easy to clean up! This recipe looks absolutely yummy. The ingredients look so fresh!

    January 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Corinne and Kirsty

    This recipe looks delicious! I love salmon! one of my fav meal! and pesto! i usually have it with pasta but i am sure it tastes amazing with salmon!

    January 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      Thank you! I love pasta as well and this is a great healthier substitution. It is still packed with flavor! enjoy!

      January 12, 2018 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Hands up I love a good salmon meal, I love the idea of foil packing to keep in all the flavours.

    January 12, 2018 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply lambamsworld

    Babe ! Love the way you put us through in depth , even though am not a fan of salmon, but with all these , I need to try this . Thanks 🙏

    January 13, 2018 at 1:53 am
  • Reply shubham mahajan

    This seems healthy as well as lip smacking. Loved your recipe.

    January 13, 2018 at 10:17 am
  • Reply jplagens

    Looks really easy and delicious. I love the foil packs. No mess!

    January 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply laurence (@thethriftescape)

    looks healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing. I will try this one this weekend too! I love how the food is tasty when it is wrapped in foils or papers.

    January 13, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      Thank you! Let me know how it turns out. Your right the foil makes everything so flavorful .

      January 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply jerseygirlcooks

    Great recipe! I love easy quick meals that are healthy.

    January 14, 2018 at 2:31 am
  • Reply Laura Dove

    Oh this looks amazing! I LOVE salmon, and pesto too, and it’s a great way to cook it! I bet the flavours are just amazing, will try it!

    January 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      Thank you! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

      January 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply My Dee Dee's Diary

    This recipe looks really good. i’ll have to pin it for later use when I have friends over.

    January 15, 2018 at 12:57 am
  • Reply miljance93mommysup

    This looks more than delicious! I love pesto. 🙂

    January 15, 2018 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Fatima D Torres

    Easy and healthy? you’ve got my attention. That, and we LOVE salmon in our home. Pups included.

    January 15, 2018 at 2:01 am
  • Reply Amila Wickramarachchi

    wow!This looks so yummy and a quick idea.I love to taste all these vegetables in my food pack too.

    January 15, 2018 at 3:07 am
  • Reply Anosa Myrabev Malanga

    Wow, you photo looks so real! I love the pictures and I am inspired to try this too. Looks so delicious!

    January 15, 2018 at 4:15 am
  • Reply beccajtalbot

    I love salmon, and I love pesto – but I don’t think I’ve ever had the two together! I usually just use pesto for pasta, and haven’t experimented with it much 🙁 this recipe has definitely given me “food for thought” 😉 x

    January 15, 2018 at 10:18 am
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      I was the same way. I had only used it in pasta. The pesto really gives it a great unique taste.

      January 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply lavandamichelle

    30-minute meals are the best recipe for a busy mom like myself. I know my family will love this!

    January 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply nbosken

    I love anything with pesto sauce. It’s great! Fats from oils and nuts are really good for you.

    January 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    This looks delicious! I am always looking for new Salmon recipes because it is my favorite fish. I will definitely be trying this out this week. Thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

    January 16, 2018 at 2:53 am
  • Reply Aduke Schulist

    This sounds so good! I don’t think my kids would like it as much as me, so more for me!!

    January 16, 2018 at 3:14 am
  • Reply Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life - Lauren Atkins

    This looks SO tasty, thanks for sharing a great healthy eating recipe 🙂 I’ll add this to my collection!

    January 16, 2018 at 6:18 am
  • Reply tzbliss

    I was looking for a recipe tonight, these yummy salmon pesto looks so delicious man ! Can we try it on pan too ?

    January 16, 2018 at 8:38 am
    • Reply CurlyWhippedTee

      Thank you, I think it would be good in a pan as well.

      January 16, 2018 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Dee Jackson

    Wow. Everything looks so yummy. I’d definitely use this recipe ☺☺

    January 16, 2018 at 10:39 am
  • Reply kittyslifestyle

    I never tried a foil pack before… I love salmon so I would definitely try this recipe… It looks very healthy 🙂

    January 16, 2018 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Farrah Less G.

    I always buy wild caught salmon a little bit pricey but it taste good. I will probably add some steamed broccoli too on the menu. Photos above is so mouthwatering.

    January 16, 2018 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Kendra W.

    That looks delicious! I’m always quick meals for those days when I don’t have time and I love pesto.

    January 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Siti Aana

    These look yum! I used to be so efficient in doing foil packs for fish n chicken. I gotta start doing it now.

    January 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Christina

    Oh these look so good! I love salmon.

    January 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Terri (@mylittleport)

    I eat salmon several times a week and not just because I love it. It’s really good for us. I can’t ever have to many recipes and this one looks like one I’ll add to my recipe collection.

    January 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Cathleen

    I love a good salmon recipe! They always come together in no time 🙂

    January 17, 2018 at 2:09 am
  • Reply Anchal

    This looks yummy. Thanks for sharing. I love it. Have never tried this before

    January 17, 2018 at 8:17 am
  • Reply fashionmommywm

    The fish looks incredible, and the fact that it is so quick, and there’s hardly any washing up certainly tempts me.

    January 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply lifewithjoshandkristyn

    I love this recipe. Will have to try it out the next time I make salmon.

    January 17, 2018 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Anamika

    Looks great..thanks for sharing this amazing recipie! 😀

    January 18, 2018 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Amber Myers

    This sounds like a wonderful meal. I love cooking with foil packs. I need to try this one night!

    February 17, 2018 at 1:08 am
  • Reply Alison Rost

    I love salmon because it’s so versatile. Pair it with simple ingredients like veggies and you’re good to go. Love this recipe, I’m sure it’s so tasty and good!

    February 17, 2018 at 1:20 am
  • Reply LaToyia Dennis

    Looks yummy. My kind of meal….healthy, fresh, simle and GOOD. Thanks!

    February 17, 2018 at 1:29 am
  • Reply Jessica Joachim

    Oh man, this looks delicious! I love Salmon and this looks super easy to make! I totally have to try it out soon.

    February 17, 2018 at 2:24 am
  • Reply Dee Jackson

    This looks really good. My mom loves fish so I know she’d love this

    February 17, 2018 at 2:52 am
  • Reply Nicole Anderson

    A delicious and healthy looking meal. The colours are vibrant and mouthwatering. These pictures make me want to get Salmon for dinner tonight.

    February 17, 2018 at 4:48 am
  • Reply Waren Jean

    I love everything with pesto and this is a must try for me. Thank you!

    February 17, 2018 at 6:16 am
  • Reply Julie Plagens

    This is fast, easy, and nutritious. I’m pinning this!

    February 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply hannah marie

    I am not good in cooking. But this time, I think I will cook this one because it looks super easy to do. I hope my family will love it too.

    February 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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