Uncle Bill's Salmon Baked or Barbecued in Foil

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

A very tasty salmon whether barbecued or baked in the oven. The dill weed enhances the salmon flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the belly and remove entrails and discard.
  2. Wash inside well with cold water.
  3. Remove head and tail of salmon and discard.
  4. Cut off fins and scrape scales off fish.
  5. Rinse salmon with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Place salmon on doubled aluminum foil (large enough to wrap around salmon and to fold the edges so that it is sealed).
  7. In a small mixing bowl, mix together garlic powder, black pepper, seasoning salt and dried dill weed.
  8. Sprinkle cavity and exterior with this mixture.
  9. If using fresh dill, lay it whole in the cavity.
  10. Layer sliced onion and lemon inside fish cavity.
  11. Bring edges of aluminum foil up around the salmon.
  12. Before closing, pour olive evenly over salmon.
  13. Now add 1/2 cup of water.
  14. Fold aluminum foil over salmon and seal all edges to make air tight.
  15. Place wrapped salmon directly on barbecue grill.
  16. If baking in oven, place wrapped salmon on a metal tray and on the middle rack.
  18. Preheat barbecue or oven to 425 degrees F.
  19. Measure fish"closed" at the thickest point before stuffing with onions and lemon.
  20. For each 1 inch thickness of fish, bake for 15 minutes.
  21. Example: If fish is 2 1/2 inches thick, cooking time would be 38 to 40 minutes.
  22. DO NO OVERCOOK, meat should be opaque and flake easily with a fork.
  23. When fish is cooked, remove from barbecue or oven rack and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  24. Use CAUTION when opening foil, as the steam could burn you.
  25. Mayonnaise may be used as an alternate for olive oil.
  26. Spread 1/2 to 3/4 cup evenly on both sides of exterior of salmon.
  27. Also, add water as noted above.
Most Helpful

Bill - Fantastic recipe. I added 2 sliced cloves of garlic in the stuffing since we are garlic freaks. Beautiful, succulent salmon; one of the nicest we have had!!! Used a piece of Tasmanian salmon instead of a whole fish.

Larry June 20, 2008

Great flavor and so easy to make. My husband says you must be some cook. All the recpies we try of yours are winners :)

slickchick August 16, 2006

This turned out perfect Bill! As you suggested since my oven isnt working properly I used my broiler and placed the salmon on the middle rack, cooked 10 min one side and 15 min the other. Tasted great and flaked nicely!!! I served it with salad and a mushroom wild rice stuffing which I cooked along side the salmon. Thanks for your help and another great recipe.

Tara November 04, 2004