Foil Pack Cilantro Lime Salmon — EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Tender, juicy, and bursting with Mexican-inspired flavors that everyone LOVES!!
Grilled Salmon Foil Packets
If you’re looking for a fast, foolproof, and flavorful way to cook salmon, save this grilled salmon foil pack recipe. It’s so easy and the Mexican salmon is tender, moist, and perfectly cooked in just 10 minutes on the grill.
I used my outdoor grill so I don’t have to heat up my house during these warm summer days, but you can bake the salmon foil packets if you don’t have a grill.
I have plenty of recipes for lemon salmon but have never used lime until now. It’s tangy, zippy, and lime + cilantro is such a classic flavor combination. The cilantro lime salmon is naturally gluten-free, too.
Cleanup is as easy as throwing away a sheet of foil. No dinner dishes means more time for relaxing. Perfect for lazy summer days.
What’s in Cilantro Lime Salmon?
To make the lime cilantro salmon foil packets, you’ll need:
- Salmon fillet
- Red bell peppers
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Fresh cilantro
How to Grill Salmon in Foil
To make the foil packs, simply add a salmon fillet to a sheet of foil, nestle lime slices under it, sprinkle lime zest over it, add cilantro, a dash of olive oil, salt, pepper, and any veggies around the perimeter that you’d like, seal up the foil, throw it on the grill, and you are all set.
In total, the grilled salmon in foil will need to cook for roughly 8 to 10 minutes.
Can I Use Other Veggies?
I used red peppers because I had them on hand and the red is such a pretty contrast to the green cilantro and flecks of lime zest. And the peppers play on the Mexican-inspired flavors of the recipe. However, you can also try zucchini, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, or your favorite vegetables.
Tips for Making Cilantro Lime Salmon
This cilantro lime salmon recipe serves 1 person, but you can easily double or triple it depending on how many people you need to feed.
Note that salmon skin is edible and packed with flavor. It’s up to you whether you buy skin-on or skinless salmon, but don’t throw the skin away if it’s on your fillet!
This Mexican salmon is best enjoyed right away, but leftovers are great cold atop salads, grain bowls, and more.
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Foil Pack Lime Cilantro Salmon
EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make cilantro lime salmon!! Tender, juicy, and bursting with Mexican flavors that everyone LOVES!!
- 6-ounce center cut salmon fillet
- 1 medium lime, sliced thin for nestling under salmon
- 1/2 cup red bell peppers (may be substituted with other peppers, zucchini, broccoli, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely minced; plus more for garnishing if desired
- Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Alternatively, preheat oven to 425F.
- Place 1 large sheet of foil on the counter, add the salmon to the center, nestle the lime slices from 1 lime under the salmon, arrange the peppers around the perimeter, evenly drizzle everything with olive oil, evenly sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon lime zest and the juice from the second lime.
- Evenly sprinkle with salt, pepper, cilantro, seal up the foil pack very tightly, place it on the grill and grill for about 8 to 10 minutes. Exact grilling time will vary based on the type of grill, the size, the heat level, how thick the salmon is, etc. If you’re baking this in the oven, I would start checking at 15 minutes and go from there.
- Optionally garnish with additional cilantro and serve immediately.
- Recipe is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 978Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 46gCholesterol: 250mgSodium: 542mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 89g
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I haven’t actually tried grilling salmon yet….but love how approachable and delicious this recipe is!
It’s so FAST when you grill it! In less than 10 mins, you are done which is what I love!
This is one gorgeous salmon! Perfect for a summer dinner since I can throw it on the grill!
Thank you and yes I love easy grilling recipes too!
Perfect! Perfect recipe and so easy! I love the Mexican mix of flavors!
I know what we’re having this weekend!! I love using the grill for fish–easy clean up and the flavor is so good!
It adds so much great flavor for sure! Hope you enjoy this over the weekend!
So good Averie–we definitely enjoyed it!! This was the first time I’ve had lime juice with salmon and I like it as much as lemon and orange.
I love limes so figured they would go well with salmon and glad you agree and enjoyed it just as much as lemon or orange!