salmon tomato basil relish gluten-free recipe

Salmon with Tomato Basil Relish

As I have mentioned here before, I am always looking for inspired ways to eat salmon. First priority, disguising the fishy flavor!

Well, lo and behold, last night as I sat on the couch making my way through the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated (my dear friend Deb subscribed me as a gift last year), I found a section on cooking salmon. I was so inspired that I decided to test out the recipe for tonight’s dinner.

I do like Cook’s, however their recipes are a bit fussy for me, so here you will find my take –a simple version of one of their magnificent salmon recipes.

Salmon with Tomato Basil Relish
Serves: 2
  • ½ pound salmon
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in quarters
  • ½ small shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • celtic sea salt to taste
  1. Turn oven on to 500°
  2. Cut fish into 2 pieces, leaving skin on; rinse and pat dry with paper towel
  3. Place fish skin side down on a metal baking sheet
  4. Rub fillets liberally with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 275°, then put sheet with salmon on lowest rack
  6. Roast 8 to 13 minutes --so that centers of thickest part of fillets are still translucent when cut into with a pairing knife
  7. To make relish, stir together remaining ingredients from above in a medium size bowl
  8. Remove salmon from oven, transfer to plates and serve with relish

This simple, healthy salmon recipe was a hit all around tonight at dinner. My favorite taste tester said he was surprised at how little fishiness there was to the salmon –a huge compliment in this neck of the woods. It’s so great when those fresh, easy, healthy dinners turn out to be winners!

Salmon is in the air these days –my mother recently requested my salmon burger recipe which will definitely be appearing over here as part of the salmon series sometime in the near future.


  1. Nicole says

    I noticed you feel the need to disguise the ‘fishy’ flavour of salmon, and as a person who is super picky about eating fish, I wonder what salmon you’re eating. Not farmed, right?

      • Mandy says

        Where do you source wild Atlantic Salmon from? I’m here in Australia & all I can get is organic sustainably farmed (which is feed meal made from soy & wheat). I can get socket eye salmon wild, is this what you are referring too?
        Thanks for all of the wonderful info, it is so empowering :)

  2. Christine says

    I absolutely love the tomato relish in this dish. I eat it by itself. It is wonderful. Thank you.

  3. says

    Barry -Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Let me know how this recipe turns out when you make it. See you soon!

    ~M -Thanks for all of your great ideas. I love the suggestion for the balsamic salmon, will have to stop by Kalyn’s and check it out sometime soon.

  4. ~M says

    I really enjoy salmon, too.

    I recommend these recipes (the first is similar to your recipe above):

    Elise of Simply Recipe’s Salmon Provencal
    When I make this version, I use 4 tomatoes and only 1 shallot. It’s a great summer dish with green beans. What your version shows me, however, is that I can use grape tomatoes – the only tomatoes that taste decently in the winter – and still have a version of this dish (and without blanching the tomatoes!).

    Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen Balsamic Salmon
    I think you’ll like this recipe, Elana, since I know you like balsamic on poultry. If you make a version of the sauce with agave instead of sugar, please let me know! The balsamic reduction sauce is so wonderful, it’s like candy! My fiancé and I really enjoy this salmon year-round with sweet mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, and my homemade version of mango-avocado salsa.

    Please keep the salmon recipes coming! :)

  5. Barry Reese says

    Hi Elana,

    Since Donna told me about your website a few months ago, I now find myself looking through it every morning. Today however, I was especially excited because I absolutely LOVE salmon.

    I am always looking for new and interesting ways to prepare it and this recipe not only looks very tasty, but is also so very simple to prepare. It looks so good in fact, I may have to try it tonight!

    I love your site by the way and have shared it with many of my friends. As always, I look forward to all the savory new things that are sure to come.

    Hope to see you again soon.


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