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, 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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Tear 4 pieces of foil 12-14 inches long.
- Place a salmon filet in the center of each piece of foil.
- Whisk soy and honey together in a small bowl (a few seconds in the microwave will help if it's slow to come together).
- Brush each filet with soy-honey mixture until it's gone.
- Squeeze 1 lime wedge over each filet.
- Sprinkle each filet with pepper, white & light green onions, and pinch of crushed red pepper.
- 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.
- Seal the foil packet - bring the right and left sides together and fold down, sealing, and then fold up each end to seal.
- Bake for 18 minutes.
- Let cool a few minutes before tearing open the foil and transferring to plates.
- Serve the salmon and green beans drizzled with a spoonful of the foil packet sauce and remaining green onion tops.
Yields: 4 servings
Estimated time: 30 minutes