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Baked Salmon with Pesto Foil Packet

Baked Salmon with Pesto Foil Packet

This recipe indicates the ingredients measurements to make one parcel, for serving one person. Make as many parcels as you like and bake them in the oven together.


  • 1 x 200 grams piece salmon fillet
  • fast-cooking assorted vegetables (e.g. cherry tomatoes, brussel sprouts leaves, chopped bell peppers and corn kernels)
  • halved lemon
  • sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 heaped tablespoon green pesto (either store bought or home made)


  1. De-scale salmon skin and de-bone the fillet with kitchen tweezers. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Partially precook the salmon either by using the microwave (1-2 minutes) or using the stove. The salmon need not be cooked thoroughly because it will be baked in the oven later. If you do want to skip this step and let the fish cook 100% in the oven, make some slits in the salmon fillet and increase the cooking time by another 5 minutes.
  3. Cut a large piece of aluminium foil, arrange vegetables on foil and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Place the partially cooked salmon on top of the vegetables. Spoon over a heaped tablespoon of green pesto. Squeeze some lemon juice over the fish and vegetables.
  5. Pull the foil edges together to make a foil parcel. Repeat the above steps to make additional salmon fillet parcels.
  6. Place foil parcels in baking tray and bake in preheated oven of 200°C (396°F) for 15 minutes.

Noob Cook Wrapping Tips

1. To fold the parcel, fold in edges lengthwise then fold in the other 2 edges.
2. Do not fold the foil to form 2 layers or more, otherwise the food will take longer to cook.

Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food


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33 comments on “Baked Salmon with Pesto Foil Packet”

  1. Baked fish is very handy and and great if you do not want to do much washing up that day. Pesto and salmon are perfect matches. I am not aware the cookbook is named differently in the US.

  2. I love roasting salmon in a parcel like this–the texture turns out great. I’ll have to try it with pesto. Sounds delicious!

  3. i rarely eat salmon fish :X Your picture of salmon really looks yummy… must try it one day! :D

  4. pesto is great to have onhand, fish, veggies, chicken..great recipe..love the pics


  5. Yumm looks delicious. It’s funny because I just did salmon sous vide with pesto today. Great minds think alike;-)

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  7. Hey Wiffy, I just wanted to let you know that I made this last night for my Mom. It was so easy and really delicious. Thanks!

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