The Benefits Of Grilling Salmon In Foil Packets

If you grew up on or near a coastline, you're probably all too familiar with fish. It's is some of the healthiest protein you can eat because it is stuffed full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, calcium, minerals — iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium — that can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke according to the Washington State Department of Health.

And when it comes down to picking out fish for dinner, Healthline lists salmon as the best of the best. Whether it's farmed or fresh, salmon is crazy nutritious for you for all the reasons above, and, luckily, it is just as delicious as it is healthy. Whether you like smoked salmon on a bagel with cream cheese and capers or glazed and grilled on the barbeque, you can't really go wrong. But salmon can be a bit oily and make a mess, especially if battered or marinated in certain sauces. 

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Salmon is at its best when its skin is crispy, the glaze has caramelized, and the inside is not dry. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by cooking up your salmon filet in foil. Using tin foil to cook ensures a gentle bake. By wrapping individual salmon filets in tin foil packages, moisture from the fish is locked inside and will partially steam the meat (via Southern Kitchen). Tin foil will also ensure that your salmon glaze will caramelize and all the rich flavor won't burn off.

The best way to make a tin foil packet for your fish is by folding the foil directly around the filet, making sure to season and glaze your fish before sealing it inside, according to Southern Kitchen. Epicurious advises leaving a small opening at the top to release any excess steam. This technique doesn't require any flipping or scraping the salmon off the bottom of a pan. It cooks quickly and evenly and is the perfect way to ensure your salmon comes out tasting delicious.