Easy Lemon Caper Salmon in a foil house

Uses a cooking method that won’t make your house smell fishy for days

Did you ever think cooking salmon could be easy? When I was a kid, I used to watch my mom tuck a healthy piece of salmon in foil, dress it up with all kind of yumminess, fold the foil into a little house, then pop it in the oven. It’s such an easy and delicious way to prepare salmon, and here’s a special bonus: No lingering fish odors. This cooking method keeps the fish neatly contained inside the foil house, so it’s not popping oil or sending airborne grease all around the kitchen.

Got FHS (Fishy House Syndrome)?

A quick aside … if you ever do have a lingering food odor in your home, here’s a cure. Fill a pot with a couple of cups of water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, and drop in a teaspoon of cloves, a teaspoon of ginger and a cinnamon stick. Let it sit for a few hours and it will significantly reduce the unwanted odor.

But getting back to this lemon caper salmon recipe

Is it really this easy, you ask? Yes! I used to be scared to make salmon, partly because while attending culinary school, my chef instructors would lean over my shoulder with a clipboard and yell in a loud French accent, “Do not overcook zee fish!”

In the past, I’ve grilled salmon and even pan seared it, but for me baking it in the oven in this little foil house is the very best method. Here are a few reasons why:

1. As mentioned, it won’t make your house smell like fish.

2. The salmon is super tender and moist when you steam it in foil with (my fav ingredient) white wine.

3. Baking it in foil makes for easy clean up. Yeah baby, I’m all about the easy clean up! 😉

Watch the video (see written recipe at bottom)

Recipe for Easy Lemon Caper Salmon in Foil House

lemon caper salmon
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First, pre-heat oven to 350.


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 small jar of capers, or use the whole jar
  • 1 lemon to juice and zest (I use 2 lemon slices for 1 piece of salmon)
  • 3 Tablespoon of butter cut into cubes
  • salt, pepper, olive oil


  • Place each salmon fillet on its own foil sheet.
  • Fold foil sides together but not closing completely … let it have a little opening at the top. This will make a little steam house for your salmon. 🙂
  • Drizzle a little olive oil on fillets, then add capers, salt and pepper.
  • Zest lemons first then cut lemons in round slices. Remove any seeds from lemon then squeeze onto salmon. Arrange the squeezed lemon slices on top of salmon. I use a lot of lemon! Fish + Lemon = perfect marriage!
  • Pour in a little white wine on the fillets and drink the leftover wine if any left. 😉
  • Cut butter into squares and place on top of each piece of salmon.
  • Place these on baking sheet and put in oven. Bake at 350 for about 15 to 20 min.

Deliciously simple. Enjoy!

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