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Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil

July/August 2010

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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!



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"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...
Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes & Basil Recipe

Makes: Makes 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole wild salmon fillet (also called a “side of salmon,” about 1 1/2 pounds; see Tips)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 & Notes

  • 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

Per serving: 248 calories; 10 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 80 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 35 g protein; 1 g fiber; 367 mg sodium; 799 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium (23% daily value), Vitamin A (22% dv), Vitamin C (18% dv), Magnesium (15% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 5 lean meat


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