Sunday, February 12, 2012

Foil Baked Basil Pesto Salmon

I think I've officially been converted to foil baking. I don't know why I've never cooked fish like this before? It cooks perfectly, keeps the fish so moist and the flavors are incredible.

Whenever I'm not sure what to make for dinner I usually pick 2 or 3 ingredients that I have, put them into google search and let the ideas come to me. This was the first hit I got when I put in salmon and basil pesto recipe. Matt and I both really liked it.

When I'm in a rush it's nice to buy the prepackaged fish entrees, but I really like finding new recipes and making them myself. Fish may be my new favorite meat to work with.

Interesting fact:

  • Pescetarians: One whose diet contains fish, but no meat. They eat fish and other seafood, but no mammals or birds. I never hear people say, "I'm a pescetarian". But I always hear people say, "I'm a vegetarian. But I eat fish!".... 
Foil Baked Basil Pesto Salmon

You will need:
  • 2 4-6 oz salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4tbsp basil pesto
  • 6 small tomatoes, sliced or halved
  • handful of four cheese blend

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place baking sheet in to heat up. Tear two large sheets of aluminum foil and layer them. Pour 2 tbsp olive oil in the center and place salmon on top. Spread 2 tbs basil pesto on each piece and lay sliced tomatoes on top. 

Top with cheese. Fold over sides and double the seams and ends so it is sealed completely. Place on preheated baking sheet and bakes for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Unfold the foil carefully and serve immediately.

This smelled so good!

We just had it with white rice and a small side salad. We loved this, and Matt even ate some of the warm tomatoes! (warm tomatoes are not his thing) Whoa.


  1. This looks so simple and SO delicious! BEING made! Without a doubt!

  2. I make a pesto salmon that is similar to this but I love the addition of tomatoes! These look delicious!

  3. Thanks:) this will be a repeat recipe in our house!