Baked Salmon with Pesto Foil Packet

This baked salmon with pesto foil packet is a fun and easy way to cook salmon besides the usual method of grilling or pan-frying. I saw this recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food cookbook (this is the title of the UK edition, in US the book is called Food Revolution), which is mainly why I started making my own pesto.

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With some pesto in the fridge, you can whip up this gourmet-looking meal effortlessly. The food is wrapped in a foil parcel and after baking, I simply serve the parcel straight on a plate so that the cleaning up, just like the cooking, is totally fuss-free.


Salmon Pesto Foil Packet Recipe
Arrange vegetables and season with salt & pepper

Place salmon on top of vegetables and spoon pesto over.

Fold the edges lengthwise first…

Salmon Pesto Foil Packet Recipe
Fold in the other edges in and scrunch them up to seal the parcel.

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.