Monday, August 13, 2012

Simple Salmon

One doesn't usually think of Galesburg, Illinois as a great place for seafood, but we're very lucky to be the home location for Sitka Salmon Shares.  David and I have been enjoying our first delivery of our share of sockeye salmon, which came with this simple and delicious recipe.  Our garden has an abundance of cherry tomatoes and basil at the moment, so this was perfect.

adapted from recipe from  Sitka Salmon Shares

1 lb. salmon fillet
12 or so cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
10 big basil leaves
2 T. olive oil

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Cut salmon fillet into 2 equal pieces.  Lay out two sheets of aluminum foil large enough to completely wrap around each fillet.  Brush each sheet of foil with olive oil and place fillets, skin side down, on the foil.  Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Layer salmon first with the sliced cherry tomatoes and then the basil leaves.  Drizzle remaining olive oil equally over each.  Close each foil package tightly, making sure all edges are crimped together tightly.

Place the foil packets in a metal baking dish or jelly roll pan.  Cook salmon for about 10 minutes (medium rare) or 13 minutes (well done).  Remove from oven, and let the package cool for a couple of minutes before opening.


  1. Sounds simple AND delicious! I've already printed it out for my pile of recipes "to try."


  2. I tried this last night with yellow grape tomatoes, and the salmon was moist and delicious. I now understand, though, why the instructions say to crimp the foil tightly around each piece: I didn't do that tightly enough, so some oil leaked out and started to smoke. I think next time (besides crimping more completely) I will use half the amount of oil, especially with the non-stick foil.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!