Giada’s Salmon Baked in Foil
I fell into the habit of cooking salmon once a week for a while a couple of years ago, and eventually I could look at it no more. Recently though the pretty pink fish has made a welcome re-appearance at out table, and this is a truly fantastic recipe from Giada De Laurentiis’s Everyday Italian. It’s so good I haven’t even played around with it, me a absolute tinterer! I like that it has very little added fat, because it tastes so clean - not to mention fresh and juicy, even if it’s served with something rich the actual salmon doesn’t lose it’s identity. I usually halve the recipe, and this is easy to do. Well actually the whole thing is easy to do, chop, stir, spoon and bake. If you like salmon this is a must have recipe in your collection.
Everyday Italian is a great little Italian cook book, I often cook from it in the summer especially when I’m feeling like cutting down a little, because with one or two exceptions most of the recipes are light and healthy. Expect to see more of Giada in the sunny months! Also, I'll post about her new pasta book soon.
Salmon Baked in Foil
4 (5 ounces each) salmon fillets
2 teaspoons olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tomatoes, chopped 2 chopped shallots
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Sprinkle salmon with 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir the tomatoes, shallots, 2 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper in a bowl to blend.
Place a salmon fillet, oiled side down, atop a sheet of foil. Wrap the ends of the foil to form a spiral shape. Spoon the tomato mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and tomato mixture, covering completely; seal the packets closed. Place the foil packet on a heavy large baking sheet. Repeat until all of the salmon have been individually wrapped in foil and placed on the baking sheet. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 25 minutes. Using a large metal spatula, transfer the foil packets to plates and serve.