This recipe is so beautiful and yet so simple to prepare--it's perfect for entertaining. You just spread a side of salmon with minced garlic, sprinkle with fresh basil, then layer sliced tomatoes on top. Put it on the grill for 10 minutes and you're done! Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat grill to medium.

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  • Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef's knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.

  • Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary (see Tips). Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  • Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Tips

Tips: Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) are more sustainably fished and have a larger, more stable population. For more information, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, seafoodwatch.org.

Depending on how your side of salmon was prepared at the market, small white pin bones may still be in the fillet. We suggest removing them before you cook the fish. To remove the bones, place your hand underneath the fillet to bend it up slightly, exposing the row of bones running down the length--they will poke out of the flesh and point at an angle toward the wider end of the fillet. Grasp each bone with a clean pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers and gently pull it out in the direction of the wide end of the fillet.

Nutrition Facts

248 calories; 9.9 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 80 mg cholesterol; 367 mg sodium. 799 mg potassium; 3.1 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 34.8 g protein; 1084 IU vitamin a iu; 12 mg vitamin c; 32 mcg folate; 86 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 59 mg magnesium;

Reviews (18)

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2018
Very easy recipe. Lots of flavor. I thawed individual salmon portions from the freezer and cooked them on a stove-top grilling skillet to avoid time and mess of firing up the outdoor grill. Great quick-easy-tasty dish. Lovely presentation adds a little cheer on those days when you are exhausted after work. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2015
Moist and Easy Perfectly Grilled Salmon Great for when it's too hot to cook indoors this second time I used it for salmon tacos. The beauty of this recipe is the thin sliced tomatoes hold the moisture in while grilling. I used a grill with holes in it instead of the foil. By heating the grill to very hot then using a paper towel soaked in corn oil the salmon didn't stick. My salmon steaks were very thick and needed extra grilling which I did for the entire time on the unlit side of the gas BBQ. In spite of the extra time they were so moist. Please use fresh basil so much better than dried. Pros: Stays moist perfect flesh when using wild caught salmon Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/06/2015
too much garlic i suggest that you grill the salmon first to 3/4 of the way and then put the tomatoes on. Use 1/2 the garlic. Pros: easy to prep Cons: tomatoes limit the cooking temp makes mushy salmon Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2015
This is delicious and elegant Made this tonight - I got a bunch of fresh basil in my farm shares and some native tomato - so I went and bought 2 pieces of Wild King salmon (very expensive yikes!) but I wanted to make a nice meal for my husband. I thought I'd have some trouble grilling on the foil and then getting if off but had no problem at all. I cooked it like 14 minutes as the pieces were fairly thick and I don't like my fish raw-ish man they came out beautiful! I served them w/ lemon wedge fresh avocado and some thin salted cucumbers (also in the farm share!) in sour cream. Served it with a nice chardonnay - I will make this again! I may not spring for the super expensive salmon but it was worth every penny. My husband absolutely LOVED it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2014
Most often repeated Eating Well recipe! I have made this dish going on three times now since I first made it a month ago. It is just perfect! So easy fresh and healthy! I highly recommend splurging and getting a good thick cut of salmon fresh from the seafood counter for this (none of those freezer-packed filets) if you can afford it. Pros: easy few ingredients fresh delicious healthy Cons: good salmon can be a little pricey Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2013
Moist Tender and Gorgeous I had fresh home grown tomatoes and basil. I shopped for fresh (not frozen) WILD salmon. I got a long fillet and followed the tip to remove a few minor bones. Mine looked as good as the photo and tasted even better. I served it to company and they loved it. We also had fresh green beans corn on the cob crusty fresh sourdough bread and a green salad. Pros: Easy Easy Easy and fast! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2012
Absolutely my favorite way to eat Salmon...My tomatoes basil and garlic and the best Salmon I can buy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2012
Easy and delicious So easy and delicious! I have celiac disease and this is another wonderful gluten free recipie.This also produced a very elegant plated meal perfect for company. I cooked it in foil on the gas grill using wild king salmon. It was perfection! Pros: Gluten free Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely delicious! Very easy; I'd say this is a no-fail recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So good! On the table in 15 minutes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I grilled our fresh wild caught sockeye salmon fillet on a cedar plank. The only difficulty I had was with the cooking time. The cedar plank may have extended the time but the slices of tomato seemed to keep it from cooking as quickly as well. But once it hit my mouth! Wow. I used Brandywine tomatoes from the local farmers' market and fresh basil from my garden and it was so good with the cedar flavor infused in it that I almost CRIED. Absolutely amazing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I also cedar plank grilled mine but I did not have a timing problem. Maybe because I only made half a recipe? Anyway I agree that this almost made me cry it was so delicious--especially with the cedar infusion. I served this with the roasted corn salsa http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/roasted_corn_salsa.html. Amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We loved it. Also used wild sockeye - so moist flavorful and easy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
What to do with the tomatoes my neighbor handed me today? Since I wanted to cook salmon for dinner I was delighted to find this recipe using tomatoes with the added WOW of garlic and basil. It's a keeper for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Ok I usually mess up any dinner I fix but this came out perfect! Needed to cook little longer but that is because our gas grill was turned down too low.. used some heirloom tomatoes from a good friends garden and basil I have on our deck! Absolutely perfect dinner! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this. He is really picky but he raved about how awesome this was from the first bite and told me that we should definitely make it again. We halved the recipe using two frozen filets (250 grams total) because it's hard and expensive to get fresh salmon where we live. We don't have a grill either so I wrapped the fish in foil put it in a grill pan and cooked it over the stove for around 8 minutes. It turned out great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I have never liked salmon... until now! I used sustainable wild-caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon. Instead of grilling I put the salmon in foil and baked at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. I also did not have "fresh" basil so I used organic dried basil. Superb! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great Summer Night Dinner! You must use the wild caught salmon. Much much better flavor! I don't have a grill either so I baked it in the oven with my vegetables. (I had Eatingwell's roasted cauliflower) I had my oven at 450F and baked salmon for 20 minutes. Pros: Easy to cook. Read More