Easy Weeknight Meal: Foil Packet Salmon with Snap Peas

Foil Packet SalmonNow that I’m a mom, I am always looking for recipes that are super quick and easy.  I still love to cook, and I still like to try recipes that are more involved, but I just have no desire to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when I could be playing with Wes.  By the time I get home from work, I only get a few hours with him each night, so I really want to capitalize on that.

That’s why when I saw this recipe by Hungry Girl, I was really excited because it was not only basically effortless, it was also really healthy!  You have your salmon, which is full of Omega-3s, and your vegetable all cooked together in one foil packet in the oven.  If you want, you can make another side to go with it, such as a salad or some sort of potato or rice.  I kept it easy and made some sweet potato fries since I already had the oven on.

Foil Packet Salmon

The salmon and snap peas turned out delicious!  The sesame ginger was very flavorful and the salmon stayed nice and moist in the foil packet.  As always, I highly recommend using fresh salmon as opposed to frozen because it has a much cleaner, fresher taste and juicy, tender texture.

Foil Packet Salmon

So the next time you’re looking for a quick, healthy, and flavorful weeknight meal, give this one a try.  You won’t be disappointed!

Foil Packet Salmon with Snap Peas

Adapted from Hungry Girl

Makes 2 servings

1/4 cup low-fat sesame ginger dressing
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
Dash ground ginger
2 raw skinless salmon fillets (about 4 oz. each)
2 cups sugar snap peas
1 tsp sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a shallow dish, mix dressing with garlic and ginger. Place salmon fillets in the dish and gently flip to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray. Place snap peas in the center and top with salmon. Pour remaining dressing mixture over salmon.

Place another large piece of foil over the top. Fold together and seal all four edges of the two foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until snap peas are tender and fish is cooked through.

Allow packet to cool for a few minutes, and then cut to release steam before opening it entirely. (Careful – steam will be hot.)  Just before serving, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Foil Packet Salmon


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