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campfire cooked salmon on foil with lemon slices. Campfire in background.

Foil Pack Campfire Cooked Salmon

If you like salmon and are looking for meal ideas while you are camping, here is one for you. It is a recipe for foil pack campfire cooked salmon. A super simple recipe that you cook right in the campfire.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Campfire, foil pack, salmon, camping, camp cooking
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 Medium Sized Piece Salmon with skin
  • 1 Lemon
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Black Pepper


  1. Start your campfire and get the wood or coals nice and hot.
  2. Tear off two pieces of aluminum foil, and lay them on top of each other.
  3. Take your piece of salmon and lay it in the aluminum foil. Cover with salt and pepper to taste (as much as you want) and then top with sliced pieces of lemon all over the meaty portion of the salmon.

  4. Then, close up the aluminum foil completely so that there are no holes or leaks. 
  5. Take your foil packet and place in the fire. (We placed it directly on the hot "bed" or coal area.
  6. This is where you'll need a meat thermometer to check that the salmon is cooked completely.
  7. Once your foil packet is in the fire, flip it over every 8 minutes or so. It's hard to put a time limit on the time to cook in the fire because all campfire heats are so different. 

  8. We cooked ours for about 25 minutes or so, then tested with our meat thermometer. 
  9. Once our meat thermometer showed above 145 degrees, we knew it was cooked and done.