Foil Packet “Soy”-Lime Salmon with Green Beans

by Shawnda on November 27, 2012

in green beans,Lighter & Healthier,Quick & Easy,Salmon,Seafood,Whole30

Foil Packet Salmon with Green Beans

I like following recipes when I cook. I can take a pile of ingredients and make dinner when I need to. But I like order and I like lists and I like continuity. And I hate wire hangers.

And on a day when I’ve stubbed my toe three times on that stupid coffee table while trying to wrangle a fast & mischievous toddler (and they’re even faster when they take their clothes off!), going into the kitchen with a clear-cut plan and an orderly list of instructions is pure therapy. (And so is the beer/margarita/wine I sip on while I cook.)

But this dish didn’t quite start with a real clear-cut plan when I ran into HEB for pork tenderloin to make this recipe and found salmon on sale instead. And I couldn’t pass up on-sale salmon that was already sliced into nice, center-thickness 6oz portions. And they were so perfectly lined up in the seafood case.

I simply wrapped those salmon filets in foil with green beans and those same basic flavors from the tenderloin recipe, threw it in the oven, and then said hi to the dish that we’d go on to eat 4 times in 2 weeks (and is on my menu again this weekend).

The salmon was perfectly cooked and the simple flavors don’t overwhelm the fish. The green beans end up in that nice grey area between just tender and still crisp. It comes together quickly and clean-up is a breeze. But best of all, the lighter dinner was super welcome as we headed into and out of the holiday dinner cream cheese & carbs overload.

Foil Packet "Soy"-Lime Salmon with Green Beans

Salmon is glazed with honey, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), and lime and then baked foil packet-style with garlic and fresh green beans.


  • 4 6-oz salmon filets
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (I substitute Coconut Aminos)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 3 green onions, cut and divided (white and light green parts separated from dark green)
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • Green beans, trimmed (I used 12-15 per packet; thinner ones work best)
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Tear 4 pieces of foil 12-14 inches long.
  3. Place a salmon filet in the center of each piece of foil.
  4. Whisk soy/coconut aminos and honey together in a small bowl (a few seconds in the microwave will help if it's slow to come together).
  5. Brush each filet with honey mixture until it's gone.
  6. Squeeze 1 lime wedge over each filet.
  7. Sprinkle each filet with pepper, white & light green onions, and pinch of crushed red pepper.
  8. Place green beans on top of the filet (they won't all stay) and top with garlic slices, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt.
  9. Seal the foil packet - bring the right and left sides together and fold down, sealing, and then fold up each end to seal.
  10. Bake for 18 minutes.
  11. Let cool a few minutes before tearing open the foil and transferring to plates.
  12. Serve the salmon and green beans drizzled with a spoonful of the foil packet sauce and remaining green onion tops.


Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sara November 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

Love this! Fish in a packet is one of my fav simple meals, and this version looks super tasty!


2 Jessica November 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

That photo is so gorgeous! I love cooking things in packets…hello juicy! :)


3 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Amazing! I’ve always wanted to try the foil packet method!


4 Joanne November 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

The.Boy. and I definitely need some of this in our lives! Healthy and oh so satisfying.


5 Tiffany @ Life Done Domesti-Cali November 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

This sounds like an easy weeknight dinner! And yummy to boot.


6 Charmaine November 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I just found your Blog (link on the Jamaican Epicurean Retreat FB. Page)…. I think I have died and gone to heaven! Lol


7 Bree November 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Foil packet salmon? I am totally going to give this a try! It’s funny I don’t think I have made someone else’s recipes for almost 2 years because of Skinny Mommy and I kind of miss it. This may be the one I make :)


8 Laura November 29, 2012 at 3:11 am

Hi there, I just found your blog through pinterest and wow, it’s super.
I’ve always cooked my salmon in foil with lemon juice and i adore it like that. honestly, i’ve never thought to try other ‘add-ins’ and this sounds incredible.


9 Jessica @ Sunny Side Up November 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

These flavors sound amazing! Fish has been seriously lacking in my meal plan lately and I think it’s time I correct that!


10 Jessica @ Sunny Side Up December 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Checking back in – I made this for dinner tonight and we loved it! Jesse wasn’t super excited when I told him we were having salmon for dinner, but he gobbled up his entire plate and said, “That was pretty good.” Coming from a guy that claims to not like cooked salmon, big compliment. Thanks!


11 foodiebride December 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Great to hear! I’m usually the one who needs reminding that cooked salmon can be good, too :)


12 ErinsFoodFiles November 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

This is going on the meal plan FOR SURE.


13 Ashley December 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

I made this a few nights ago, and WOW. It was amaaaaazing and super simple. Thanks so much for sharing this! I posted it over on my blog with a link back to yours. This will definitely be made again and again in my house :)


14 Diana January 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

I was lured to this blog for your Fresh Strawberry Cake, but it’s recipes like this that keep me coming back for more. Simple, flavorful and surprisingly healthy food that DH asks for again. Thank you!


15 foodiebride January 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

Thank you so much, Diana!


16 Tasha January 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I knew when this recipe popped up on my reader, it would be a hit with my family. I served it with quinoa, and it was an absolutely delicious dinner that we all loved, not to mention a cinch to prepare. This will definitely be a repeat meal in our house!


17 Gwyn M March 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

We absolutely LOVE this dish! So easy to prep and cleanup is a dream! It’s a great way to hit the reset button after a weekend of gluttony (which sometimes is inevitable). So glad you shared!


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