I’ve mentioned on here before that learning to cook as a visiting chef in Barclay’s kitchen has always been– oh, shall we say — a bit of an adventure.
There are always multiple reasons for this. But probably the primary difference between his kitchen and mine is that his oven hasn’t worked for a number of years. And instead of getting it fixed, he and his roommate have always happily just relied upon their 20-yr-old little toaster oven that sits on top of the counter. Works for them! But, um, cooking for a crowd with just a stovetop and a toaster oven has sometimes proved a bit of a challenge for me.
So this summer, I decided it was time to dust off their grill — that’s surprisingly also rarely used — and put it to work when we were entertaining at his place. And it was so fun!! Turns out my boyfriend knows a thing or two about grilling. (And, ahem, looks smokin’ hot behind a grill!) We made a series of kabobs over the summer, and cooked up a ton of grilled veggies. But mostly, we grilled so much of this lemony, buttery, ultra-garlicky, hea-ven-ly salmon. Seriously, like so much of it. Barclay does 100% of his grocery shopping at Costco. So whenever we decided it was salmon night, we grilled up a huge slab of it and invited friends and family over to enjoy it all together. And then chopped up tons and tons of garlic (from his, yes, Costco-sized bag of garlic) and spread it all over the top with some butter, lemon juice, herbs, and a dash of white wine to make it all the more delicious.
And oh my goodness, this garlic lovers salmon (as we decided to name it) was an absolute winner EVERY TIME.
Since the weather has cooled off, I’ve now switched to baking this up in the oven. But either way, it’s always a crowd-pleaser, it always takes just a few minutes to prep, and it’s always so incredibly delicious.
Garlic Lovers’ Salmon Recipe | 1-Minute Video
To make it, grab a sharp knife and get to choppin’. You’ll need tons of chopped fresh garlic. I recommend chopping it fairly coarsely, but if you don’t want obvious chunks of garlic in each bite, you’re welcome to finely mince it.
Then melt some butter in a small saucepan on the stove (or in the microwave) and cook the garlic in it for a minute or two until it is soft and fragrant, but not completely cooked through. Stir in some white wine and lemon juice with the butter. (<– Or if you don’t cook with wine, you’re welcome to leave it out.)
Then lay a very large piece of foil (or you may need to use two) on top of a large baking sheet, brush a little of the butter on the bottom of the foil (so that the salmon won’t stick to it), and then place the salmon evenly on top of it. Spread the rest of the butter-garlic mixture evenly on top of the salmon, and then season it with a few generous pinches of salt and black pepper. Then fold up the foil on top of the salmon until it forms a sealed packet (again, just use two pieces of foil if need be), and you’ll be ready to cook it up!
You’re welcome to either carefully transfer the packet to the grill and cook the salmon there. Or you can just slide it into the oven, and then cook and broil it to perfection!
Different cuts of salmon will definitely cook more or less quickly, depending on how thick they are. So keep a close eye on the salmon to be sure that it’s cooked through (and not overcooked). I like mostly cooking the salmon in the sealed foil packet until the last few minutes, when I open it up to let the top get a little crispy. But feel free to grill or bake it however best you prefer.
Then, once the salmon is cooked, remove it from the grill or oven. Sprinkle on a bunch of fresh herbs and green onions, cut it into your desired size of portions, and then — voila — dinner is served.
This Garlic Lovers Salmon is easy to make on the grill or in the oven, it’s cooked with the most heavenly lemon butter garlic sauce, and it’s always a crowd favorite!
2 pound side of salmon, boneless and skinless
4 tablespoons butter
8 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice, plus extra lemon wedges for serving
salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley*
1/4 cup thinly-sliced green onions
Heat oven to 375°F. Or heat a grill to medium heat.
Line a large baking dish with a large piece of aluminum foil.
In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat until melted. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. (You want the garlic to be partly- but not fully-cooked.) Remove from heat and stir in the white wine and lemon juice.
Using a pastry brush, brush a tablespoons of the butter mixture on the foil until it is evenly covered. Lay the salmon out on the foil. Then pour the remainder of the butter-garlic mixture on top of the salmon and brush it around until it evenly covers the salmon. Season the salmon evenly with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper.
Fold the sides of the aluminum foil up and over the top of the salmon until it is completely enclosed. (If your sheet of foil is not large enough, just place a second sheet of foil on top and fold the edges so that it forms a sealed packet.
To Cook In The Oven: Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until the salmon is almost completely cooked through. (Cooking times will vary on the thickness of your salmon, so I recommend checking it a few minutes early if you have a thinner cut of salmon.) Remove the salmon from the oven and carefully open and pull back the aluminum foil so that the top of the fish is completely exposed. (Be careful, lots of hot steam will be released!) Change the oven setting to broil, then return the fish to the oven and broil for 3-4 minutes, or until the top of the salmon and the garlic are slightly golden and the fish is cooked through. (Keep a close eye on the salmon while broiling, though, to be sure that the garlic does not burn.)
To Cook On The Grill: Carefully transfer the packet of salmon to the grill, and grill for 12-14 minutes, or until the salmon is almost completely cooked through. (Cooking times will vary on the thickness of your salmon, so I recommend checking it a few minutes early if you have a thinner cut of salmon.) Carefully open and pull back the aluminum foil so that the top of the fish is completely exposed. (Be careful, lots of hot steam will be released!) Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, or until the top of the salmon and the garlic are slightly golden and the fish is cooked through.
Remove salmon from the oven or grill. Sprinkle the top of the salmon evenly with parsley and green onions, and serve immediately.
*Feel free to also sub in whatever other fresh herbs you have on hand, or use a mix! I love using parsley as a base, and then mixing in some chopped fresh rosemary and thyme too. OR, I also love just stirring in 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning into the butter mixture, and brushing that all over the salmon.
Thanks, Ali! I was wondering what to whip up for dinner tonight, and I have the ingredients for this amazing looking salmon.
You’re very welcome, Stacy — we hope you enjoyed this! :)
Yum! This looks delicious!
Thank you — we hope you enjoy! :)
It’s hard to say which I love more – garlic or salmon! I love cooking salmon in foil (really all kinds of ways) – I could literally eat it a few times a week!
This recipe looks amazing, Ali!
Thank you, Robyn! We hope you can give this one a try sometime soon! :)
Foil is not suitable for cooking and is not suitable for using with vegetables like tomatoes, citrus juice or spices.” On the other hand, the researchers also noted that foil can be considered safe to wrap cold foods, since no leaching was observed without heating.
what would you use instead of foil?
I’m always scared to make fish on my own at home… but you made this look so easy and delish! Can’t wait! Thanks : )
Thanks, Sam — we hope you can give it a try soon and that you enjoy it!
this looks scrumptious and I will definitely send a pic when we make it.
Thanks, we hope you love it! :)
Thanks for this recipe, Ali! Will try it this coming weekend. As I am quite new to using oven for cooking/baking, should I just half the cooking time for a 1 pound Salmon? I live alone, hence the plan to try this recipe out with half the ingredients first. Thanks in advance!
You’re very welcome, Ida! We hope you enjoy it! And the cooking time will probably still be the same if you cut the recipe in half.
Yes! I doesn’t get better!
Made this last night! Added fresh chopped basil on top. Delicious. Served it over a spinach salad with heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and a light sweet mustard vinaigrette.
We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Julie — and that salad sounds so yummy!
OMG this looks so much like our dinner this past weekend! I too love to buy the huge slabs of salmon! And I always drench it in my cajun, garlic butter :) My mom only had a toaster oven to work with so she made this kind of dinner frequently when I was growing up :) YUMMERS
Awesome! We hope you can give it a try soon! :)
This was delicious! I must have had a really thick cut of salmon because I needed to cook it for twice as long. But it turned out great. I used meyer lemons and it seemed to add some brightness.
We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Christina! And yes, some salmon filets will take longer if they’re thicker cuts.
Sounds delicious! when do you add the wine & lemon?
Thanks, Jill — we hope you enjoy! And in the 3rd step:
In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat until melted. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. (You want the garlic to be partly- but not fully-cooked.) Remove from heat and stir in the white wine, lemon juice and Italian seasoning.
I absolutely love salmon too! And normally cook them in parchment parcels for easy clean ups. This looks fantastic, will have to try it!
Thanks, Gem — we hope you enjoy it! :)
I made this for dinner tonight, and it was so good! Very easy and very tasty!
We’re so glad to hear that, Suzanne! :)
That’s a gorgeous way to do salmon! Thanks for sharing :) I’d also LOVE to know how you did the brussels sprouts that are pictured with the salmon. I like them, but never know quite how to cook them in an appetising way. Any tips?
Thanks for your sweet words, Cat! We actually just published our favorite, go-to brussels sprout recipe on the blog, so you can check it out here!
I’m not a big fan of fish, but this dish I’d love to try out. Looks so delicious, my mouth waters just by looking at the amazing photos. Would definitely try it this week!
We hope you enjoy this, Amber!
Loooove this one!! Salmon is my favorite fish and I’m a total garlic fiend. Making this this week for sure.
I just made this tonight. My family LOVED LOVED LOVED this recipe! This will definitely be a keeper in our home. I used vegan butter and couldn’t tell the difference. Thank you for the recipe!
Thanks for sharing, Maryam — we’re so happy you and your family enjoyed it!
I also substituted white grape juice for the wine. Absolutely scrumptious!
We’re so glad you enjoyed it!
Hi Ali, Thank you for this recipe…I saved it awhile ago, but have always been intimidated when it comes to cooking fish. I love so many of your recipes and your instructions are always so easy to follow, so tonight I bit the bullet and tried to make this salmon. It was a total hit! My husband commented that I cooked the salmon perfect and it was soooo delicious! Thank you for helping make a wonderful dinner!
Well that was weird! When I added the lemon juice to the garlic butter mixture it turned blue. Doesn’t look very yummy but hoping it will taste otherwise!
That’s really strange, Allison — we’ve never had that happen before!
This recipe was great. Made for dinner tonight. Fast and easy. Thanks. I half the recipe.
Thanks for sharing, we’re glad you enjoyed it!
Salmon reachs Omega 3 and really good for health, especiallypregnancy and baby. :) I didn’t know how to cook salmon. But when I read your post, I thinkI can make itbut don’t know it’s good or not :) ahha. This weekend I’ll make it for my family.
Thank you for you guide.
Salmon rich Omega 3 and they are really good for health, especially for pregnant woman and baby. I didn’t know how to make the salmon. When I see your post about this meal, I think I will try to make it this weekend formy family but don’t know it’s will tasty or not :D Ahaaa!.
Thank you for your guide
My boyfriend is pescatarian and we’re always looking for new ways to jazz up some fish. This is a must try. Thanks so much!
I love the combination of salmon and garlic. This is definitely a must try recipe for dinner!
Thank you for this recipe!! Now, I have dinner planned out for tomorrow night!
You’re welcome, we hope you love it!
Legit so easy and so delicious! thanks for sharing!!
Thanks, Mary, we’re so glad you loved it!
Made this for my family last night. We really love it. Added to my new favor :)
Thanks for sharing, Melissa, we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it!
I`m always searching for healthy and fast to make recipes. I love salmon and I`m sure that I will like this recipe.
Thanks, Rachel, we hope you can give it a try sometime soon! :)
My husband and I definitely classify as garlic lovers. Pinning this one for us to try!
I love Salmon, it is so tasty, thanks
Love salmon and this dish looks so tasty and healthy in those pictures!!! Great ingredients. Planning to make it for dinner.
Thanks, Jessi, we hope you love it! :)
I will try it at home. Such food recipes are hard to find in my country Indonesia. Thank you for sharing
Can’t wait to make this!!
Thank you, we hope you love it!
This is a meal to kill for!!! Thank you for the amazing recipe!
Thanks, Sarah, we hope you enjoy!
Made this last night….so good. And first time cooking fish in the oven! Will be adding to regular rotation for sure. Thanks!
Thank you, Lindsay, we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
Would substituting minced garlic from a jar work as well as, or close to fresh?
Hi Teri! You could definitely used minced garlic from a jar, but we do think this works best with fresh garlic. Either way, we hope you enjoy the salmon!
Absolutely love this!!!! Just awesome!!!
Thank you, Ana, we’re so glad to hear that! :)
Salmon + garlic = WIN! I will try this one today and can’t wait to taste it ( let’s hope my dish will look as gorgeous as yours).
Thank you, Amanda! We hope you enjoy!
This is one of my family’s favorite recipes! We make it on the oven yearround. :)
This garlic lovers salmon absolutely something new for me! Looks yummy! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thx for sharing recipe, i definitely add it to my cookbook!
I have made this a couple of times throughout the years, and it is delicious every time! Sidenote: If you’re cooking individual filets, lower your cooking time by a few minutes or they will overcook a touch.
I used fresh cilantro! I was so hungry and it smelled so good I forgot to take a pic. I will make this again!
Our family loves this one so much! The more garlic, the merrier, if you ask me. ?
You’re amazing Ali! I was wondering what to prepare for dinner tonight, and I have the ingredients for this amazing looking salmon. Thanks for sharing!
I prefer healthy food! And I’ll definitely try this garlic with salmon. My husband would love it! Thanks for sharing!
Recently prepped this at home for a camping trip and my husband was SO not excited about it (he’s not a huge salmon fan). We made it in the convection microwave in our RV, didn’t broil at the end. It was AMAZING! We can’t wait to make it again!
I have tried this and it’s great!!! Doesn’t cost that much to make either.
This was absolutely delicious!!!