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Lemon Basil Salmon

It was my husband, Steve, who came up with this easy, foil-packet recipe for flaky, fork-tender Lemon Basil Salmon. We eat a lot of salmon and Steve likes trying out different herbs and spices on our food. This recipe's a winner! —Marianne Bauman, Modesto, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 salmon fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Lemon wedges, optional


  • Prepare campfire or grill for medium heat. Place each fillet, skin side down, on a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square). Mix melted butter, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; spoon over salmon. Fold foil around fish, sealing tightly.
  • Cook on campfire or in covered grill until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 10-15 minutes. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 274 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 264mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • JMartinelli13
    Nov 16, 2020

    Made in oven instead of grilling, 350 for about 22 minutes. My husband really enjoyed it.

  • MamaMeese
    Jul 24, 2020

    I had a huge salmon filet so just used equal parts butter and lemon juice, and added some extra basil, salt, and pepper. I also baked it in the oven instead of grill. 25 min @350. It was perfect. Light and flavorful!

  • Cargram
    Feb 13, 2020

    Salmon is a favorite for me with sauces like this. Thanks to the persons that put in an oven temp and 10 min. per inch note as a reminder. I always cook fish like that very notation.

  • Eden G.
    Jan 9, 2016

    Just made this for dinner. My picky husband said it was the best meal that I have ever cooked. Wow!!! I ended up doubling the sauce and did 4 TBS of everything in a foil pack. Cooked it in oven at 400 degrees for 25 min. It was amazing and loaded with flavor. It was so moist and juicy that the salmon just fell apart . This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  • vbk3159
    Jun 20, 2013

    No comment left

  • time2cook
    Jun 9, 2010

    Good, but not a lot of flavor. I prefer sweet, glaze type marinades for salmon. But if you have leftovers of this recipe, it makes great salmon patties.

  • jkjdk
    Apr 16, 2009

    You can bake the salmon. 400 deg. for l0 minutes per l inch but you can check fish to be sure its cooked. I would use this recipe and merely bake it.

  • taffysugar
    Jun 20, 2008

    Seems every recipe for salmon is cooked on a grill, is there no other way to prepare salmon for those that do not own a grill ??