Oven Roasted Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Salmon is one of my very favorite things so my hubby and I eat a LOT of it! I am always trying to find new and interesting ways to prepare salmon we we don’t get bored with the oh-so-nutritious fish. This is a super simple (and no mess!) way to get your daily supply of omega-3′s in under 30 minutes!

The great part about this recipe is that you bake the salmon in it’s own tin foil wrapping paper so there is absolutely no clean up required! So feel free to tell your husband/wife/roommate/significant other that you’ll do the clean up today and they can do it tomorrow! ;) Another great thing about this recipe is the salmon steams in the foil so it says really moist and delicious without any tending at all!

Gather up your must haves..

Now it is time to assemble your salmon presents! Grab as many pieces of tin foil as you have salmon fillets. Make sure you make them big enough to wrap the salmon in loosely. You don’t want to wrap your “presents” too tight because you want to let a little air in for a the steam factor. First, place the salmon on the tin foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and chopped rosemary. Place lemon slices on top and sprinkle with capers. Wrap up your salmon, making sure to close all the corners. Bake in a 400 degree oven for just 20 minutes!

It’s like Christmas morning!!!

Right before serving, squeeze a wedge of lemon over the salmon. The rosemary plays really well off the lemon and the capers add just the right amount of salty flavor. This salmon is so quick and easy but packs a huge flavor punch. I even had it cold for lunch the next day and it was awesome-no micro needed!:)


Oven Roasted Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Recipe via Giada de Laurentis (Food Network)

Print the original recipe here


  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 8 lemon slices (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 4 teaspoons capers
  • 4 pieces of aluminum foil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brush top and bottom of salmon fillets with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Place each piece of seasoned salmon on a piece of foil large enough to fold over and seal. Top the each piece of salmon with 2 lemon slices, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice,  and 1 teaspoon of capers. Wrap up salmon tightly in the foil packets.

Place the foil packets in the hot oven (directly on racks) and cook for about 20 minutes for a 1-inch thick piece of salmon. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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  1. Julie says:

    I followed this recipe and 20 minutes is not long enough for salmon to cook. It was still raw. 30-40 minutes is better. The foil is for slower cooking I believe.

    • Tara says:

      Hi Julie,
      THanks for the feedback! Did you check the thickness of the salmon? It can vary and 20 min is for about 1″ thick piece of salmon so if you had a thicker piece it would make sense that it would take a little longer. Also, make sure to preheat your oven. THat can affect cooking time too!

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