Monday, February 28, 2011

#15 - Salmon Baked in Foil

Remember how we said we've been trying to have more fish lately? Well, since the last few times we've made fish it's gone in some sort of pasta, we decided to try something else this time.

Salmon Baked in Foil

From Everyday Italian
This recipe is pretty straightforward and doesn't call for too many crazy ingredients. And you can replace the fresh herbs with dried ones if you don't want to spend too much time a) at the store and b) chopping oregano.
The first thing you do is chop up some tomatoes and shallots, and toss with fresh herbs and olive oil and lemon juice.
It smells really good, but don't taste it as is because of the lemon juice.
Then you put the salmon on a piece of foil, cover it with the tomatoes, wrap and pop in the oven. And that's it. Simple, huh?
And oh my goodness, for being so easy to make, this fish was delicious. We made some mashed potatoes and peas while the salmon was cooking, and we had a really nice complete meal done in less than an hour start to finish.

And with Lent coming up, we're going to have to try this out again soon on a Friday.
Here's the recipe:
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 Tbs + 2 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped (3/4 tsp if dried)
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped (3/4 tsp if dried)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 oz each)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the tomatoes, shallots, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 2 Tbs olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  3. Lay out four sheets of aluminum foil, and spoon 1/2 tsp olive oil in the middle of each.
  4. Place one salmon fillet on top of the oil and turn to coat.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper over all of the salmon.
  6. Spoon the tomato mixture over the fillets.
  7. Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and tomato mixture, covering completely, and seal the packets closed.
  8. Place packets on a large baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes.
  10. Carefully transfer the foil packets to plates, open and serve the fish using a large metal spatula.

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