This healthy salmon dish is a perfect dinner idea and can be ready in less than 30 minutes. The pleasant taste and aroma of dried Basil and chopped shallots add a subtle sweetness, complemented by the fruity taste of baked oranges. Garlic and sea salt balances out those sweet flavors while real butter makes the fish dish extra creamy.
Although wild salmon these days can be tad expensive, it has higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than farmed. It is such a tremendous dietary resource to add protein and antioxidants to your meal. These fatty acids can be damaged, though, when overcooked. So you want to make sure your fish is cooked all the way through but is not dry. Depending on the size of your salmon, that can take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes in a 375 degrees preheated oven. After 15 minutes, I poke a fork through the thickest part of the fish to see if it is cooked through, or I do a small taste test. If still slightly raw, I keep it in the oven for another 5 minutes.
You can use olive oil instead of real butter, but for this recipe, I prefer the latter. It adds a creamy taste to the shallots and the fish and makes the ends of the salmon sweet and crunchy.
A simple yet super delicious and healthy baked wild salmon recipe that gets you dinner ready in no time.
- 2 pounds wild salmon fillet (about)
- 5 tablespoons real butter, divided
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried Basil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ shallot, finely chopped
- 4 to 5 thin half orange slices
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the fish on the parchment paper, skin-side down. Divide two tablespoons of butter evenly under the fish. Divide the rest of the butter evenly on top of the salmon. Evenly spread the garlic and shallot on top of the salmon—season with salt and basil. Place and divide the orange wedges on top in between the butter.
- Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven. Bake for 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon) or until the salmon is cooked through. If you like your salmon a little bit raw, check at 15 minutes for the desired doneness.