I came across this recipe by Giada De Laurentis and HAD to try it. It seemed so easy and tasty with minimal clean-up (always a plus!). When made with a simple side of rice, this meal is a healthy and perfect week night meal!
- 4 salmon fillets (5 oz. each – I use frozen, individually-packaged fillets purchased from a wholesale store. They are tasty, inexpensive and keep well in the freezer!)
- olive oil (I used extra virgin)
- salt and pepper
- 3 small or 2 medium-large tomatoes, chopped (whichever ones look good at the market!)
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup uncooked rice
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Rub the salmon with a bit of oil to coat and sprinkle with salt and pepper to season.
3. Start cooking the rice according to its package instructions.
4. Stir tomatoes, shallots, lemon juice, thyme and oregano and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a bowl to combine.
5. Create 4 small packets for each fillet of salmon by curling up and twisting the ends of a piece of aluminum foil and arrange them on a baking sheet.
6. Place a fillet of salmon in each packet and top with the tomato and shallot mixture.
7. Bring together and fold over the top of the foil packets so each is sealed completely.
8. Pop the packets on the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. (Note: The original recipe says to bake for 25 minutes, which I have found is WAY too long for my salmon. I would suggest baking for 15 minutes then checking one of the packets for doneness. If the salmon needs more baking time, simply place back in the oven and set your timer accordingly.)
9. When the salmon is done, pull the packets out of the oven, wait a few minutes for the foil packets to cool enough to touch then serve on a place with the rice!
I promise you will be addicted to this recipe once you try it! Once you get the method down, you can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. I have made packet flounder with pesto topping and I keep brainstorming new ideas to try – Get creative and enjoy!