I found this Baked Salmon recipe on Recipezaar - my favourite recipe site on the web. Not surprisingly, I modified it from the original to make use of what I had on hand. This recipe says "Great for Beginners!" in the description, and that appealed to me. I also wanted a fish recipe that my kids would like, and thought this might work. Surprisingly enough, the picky-middle-child ate it up, the girl practically threw it at me, and the oldest boy took a few bits, said it was good, and went back to Guitar Hero. So I almost had two out of three, and two out of three ain't bad. A side of easy rice pilaf and some steamed broccoli made for a colourful and healthy supper.
Baked Salmon with Herbs
Serves 4 (ish, maybe 3 adults)
35 to 45 minutes
375 degree oven
marinating time required (1 hour to all day)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp italian seasoning (I used Epicure Selections' 'pasta' blend)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped, OR 1 tsp dried parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced, OR 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 lb skinless, boneless salmon filets (I used a 1lb package from the freezer section, and there were 5 filets in it)
Line a 8x12 or 9x13 pan with foil. Do this part - trust me. The clean up is much better, and the salmon will steam nicely. Very lightly brush the foil with a little olive oil.
Mix together the oil, herbs, seasonings, garlic and lemon juice. Lay the salmon on the foil, and pour the oil mixture over top. Make sure each piece is covered. Seal the dish with foil, and put in the fridge to marinate. You can marinate this for an hour or two, or prepare it in the morning and cook it when you get home. Preheat the oven to 375. Take the salmon from the fridge and put it directly into the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. If you're like me, then that instruction never makes sense. So, if your oven is working correctly, then assume after about 40 minutes that the salmon is cooked; if you take a fork to one piece, it should flake off like the canned stuff. Enjoy!