This sensational baked salmon recipe is so easy to make and the flavor is excellent. Although you can swap the salmon for thick filets of trout, snapper, flounder or cod, it is also very nice as it is. Round out the meal with steamed spinach or broccoli, and swap the boiled potatoes with fries or quinoa if you prefer. If you are serving the potatoes on the side though, make sure you top the pile of piping hot potatoes with a pat of butter so it melts over them.
This recipe features parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage – four very aromatic and delectable herbs. Although many baked salmon recipes are made with dried herbs, the result is not the same. Fresh herbs give a very delicate, special flavor. The salmon is marinated for half an hour before cooking, so the flavors really permeate through. The exact cooking time of the fish depends on its thickness. The thicker it is, the longer it will take to cook.
Salmon is a healthy addition to most diets and it contains ‘good’ fats which your body needs. It also has a delicious flavor. Salmon is easy to find and cooking it is not hard either. Run your fingers along the filets before cooking just to make sure there are no bones in there.
- 1½ lbs wild pacific salmon
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- ½ tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage
- ½ cup olive oil
- 4 peeled, chopped potatoes
- 4 large pitted black olives, for garnish
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Finely chop all the herbs.
- Rinse the salmon and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Put it in a large baking dish.
- Add the olive oil to fish and ensure it is well coated.
- Sprinkle over the balsamic vinegar and then sprinkle the chopped herbs on top.
- Add a couple grinds each of salt and pepper.
- Let the salmon marinate in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bake the salmon for 15 minutes or until it is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in salted water you can slip a knife through without resistance, then drain.
- Serve the salmon with the potatoes on the side, and garnish with black olives.
Sometimes the most basic recipes come out the best, and this wonderful baked salmon recipe is always a hit. Featuring aromatic fresh herbs, a splash of balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, this simple yet mouthwatering salmon really hits the spot. This is one of the best ways to cook salmon. The boiled potatoes make a satisfying side dish and the black olive garnish stands out, as you can see in the picture, although you could easily omit it or add a couple of halved cherry tomatoes instead. Baked salmon is juicy, succulent and flavorful, and you should enjoy the results of this fine recipe.
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