Barb’s Beach House Foil Baked Salmon

Wow! I love salmon!

One of the really great perks about living in the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of fresh Salmon. I try to incorporate salmon into my diet at least once a week. Not only is it tasty, it is good for you, too. Barb’s Beach House Foil Baked Salmon is a combination of recipes I have picked up from others over the years. I enjoy this meal regularly when I stay at the Sea Anemone.

A little aside

When I was about 10 years old I lived in North Dakota with my family out in the country and away from any large city. The only fish I had ever eaten were the ones my grandpa caught out of the river, fried in butter. One day a traveler stopped at our farm selling fish. Large fish. He was selling wild caught salmon from Alaska. He brought out a specimen and I could not believe how giant that fish was compared to the ones my grandpa caught! My dad purchased a section and we had a salmon feast that I remember with clarity today.

I like eating salmon too much to have to wait for grilling season

Upon moving to Oregon at age 20 I was able to enjoy fresh caught ocean fish whenever I chose (or could afford). Over the years, I have had a love/hate experience with cooking fish at home. Salmon is really the only one I feel I have succeeded at. (Other than bouillabaisse, which I will blog about eventually). A friend slathers a salmon filet with mayonnaise and wraps in foil and throws it on the grill. I like eating salmon too much to have to wait for grilling season so I developed my recipe for baking in the oven. Of course, I love it grilled when the season is upon us.

Barb’s Beach House Foil Baked Salmon


2 lb *salmon steaks or fillet
1/2 cup butter
4 fresh lemons
4 cloves garlic, roughly sliced/diced
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup capers
Fresh parsley

aluminum foil

*Fresh salmon is available in season at Luna Sea Fish House in Yachats, Oregon.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pull out a hearty piece of aluminum foil, long enough to wrap entire salmon. Place foil into 8 X 10 pan and lay salmon on top of foil. Cut butter into slices and place along the length of the fish. You can use olive oil instead of butter – rub oil into salmon. Mix honey with juice of 2 fresh lemons and pour over the top of the salmon. Sprinkle cut up garlic evenly over the salmon. Or, you can use whole cloves and stuff into the soft flesh. Scatter capers around on top of the salmon. Sprinkle parsley generously over everything. Finally, slice 1 lemon and place lemon slices directly on top of the salmon. (You can also use lime instead of lemon).

Lightly fold foil over salmon and place in refrigerator to marinate for one hour. After 1 hour, fold foil tightly at the edges creating an enclosed package of the salmon. Be sure edges are crimped well so as to hold the steam inside as the fish cooks. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Pull out of oven and open foil to check if the meat is done at the thickest part. Be careful opening foil as hot steam escapes. Salmon should flake and have no translucent appearance at the thickest part. Re-crimp foil and bake longer if necessary, taking care to not over-bake.


Barb's Beach House Foil Baked Salmon

More easy recipes while on your beach vacation

Check out my blog for other healthy (or not) recipes that are easy to prepare and yummy to eat. There are many benefits to renting a beach house over a motel. Most importantly, you are in control of what you eat when you prepare your own meals while on vacation. Thus, you save money on food costs and you can save on calories if that is a concern for you.  Furthermore, the only screaming kids you have to listen to are your own.  A big plus is that you can enjoy your meal along with an ocean view when you stay at the Sea Anemone. Enjoy Barb’s  Beach House Foil Baked Salmon. Contact me if you would like to share a recipe on my blog.

Regards, Barbara at the Sea Anemone

I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

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