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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.