Easy, healthy, garlic Herb Butter Salmon and Asparagus Foil Packs are a quick-and-tasty 30-minute meal for summer nights, camping, and cookouts. The flaky salmon and tender asparagus will melt in your mouth!
1lemonthinly sliced, (plus additional wedges for garnish)
½cup butterat room temperature
3teaspoonsItalian seasoning or Herbs de Provence, see note
fresh thyme or parsley, for garnish
Season salmon generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Arrange one salmon fillet and 1/4 of the asparagus in the center of one 12x12 inch piece of foil. Repeat with remaining salmon and asparagus on 3 other pieces of foil. Slide lemon slices under the salmon and asparagus.
In a small bowl mix butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Drop large dollops of the herb butter on top of the salmon and asparagus.
Fold the foil tightly around the salmon and asparagus, being sure to seal the ends together tightly so the juices and butter doesn't run out while cooking. Grill over medium high heat for 6-8 minutes on each side, OR bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, until asparagus is tender and salmon is flaky.
Drizzle fresh lemon juice over the top and serve immediately.
These foil packs can easily be made in the oven instead of on the grill. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place foil packs directly on your oven rack (positioned in about the center of the oven) or on a sheet pan, and bake for about 15 minutes til salmon is opaque and asparagus is tender. For a little added color you can open the foil packs and broil for 1-2 minutes!
My secret weapon is Herbs de Provence - get yourself a bottle (or make your own blend!) and anytime you read "Italian seasoning" in a recipe, simply swap it out for the same amount of Herbs de Provence. This is a little trick that really takes the flavors of the dish to the next level.
You don't have to trim the ends of your asparagus, but I tend to find that the cut ends are a little tough so I like to trim about 1/2 inch off before proceeding with the recipe. This ensures the entire cooked asparagus is nice and tender.
Easily swap out the asparagus for other veggies like broccoli florets or bell peppers if you prefer!