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Baked Salmon with Pesto Wrapped in Foil


Baked Salmon with Pesto

I saw this recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food cookbook (this is the title of the UK edition, in US the book is called Food Revolution) and this is one of the main reasons why I started making my own pesto. With some pesto in the fridge, you can whip up a decent looking meal like this pretty effortlessly. This is a fun yet still easy way to cook salmon besides the simple (still delicious) method of grilling or pan-frying. The food is wrapped up in a foil parcel and after baking, I simply serve the parcel on a plate so that the cleaning up is much easier.

Makes 1 parcel for 1 person

(Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food)

– 1 salmon fillet (about 200g)
– fast to cook assorted vegetables (I use cherry tomatoes, brussel sprouts leaves, chopped bell peppers and corn kernels)
– half lemon
– sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
– 1 heaped tablespoon green pesto (either store bought or home made)

1. De-scale salmon skin and de-bone the fillet. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Partially pre-cook the salmon either by using the microwave (1-2 minutes) or using the stove. The salmon need not be cooked thoroughly because it will be baked in the oven later. If you do want to skip this step and let the fish cook 100% in the oven, make some slits in the salmon fillet and increase the cooking time by another 5 minutes.
3. Cut a large piece of aluminium foil, arrange vegetables on foil and season with some salt and pepper.
4. Place the partially cooked salmon you prepared in step 2 on top of the vegetables. Spoon over a heaped tablespoon of green pesto. Squeeze some lemon juice over the fish and vegetables.
5. Pull the foil edges together (see “How to wrap the parcel” below) to make a foil parcel. Repeat the above steps to make additional salmon fillet parcels. Place foil parcels in baking tray and bake in preheated oven of 200C (400F) for about 15 minutes.

Baked Salmon with Pesto (making of)
Step 3: Arrange vegetables and season with salt & pepper

Baked Salmon with Pesto (making of)
Step 4: Place salmon on top of vegetables and spoon pesto over.

How to wrap the parcel

How to wrap food in aluminium foil
Fold the edges lengthwise first

How to wrap food in aluminium foil
Fold in the other edges in and scrunch them up to seal the parcel

Wrapping Tips
1. To fold the parcel, fold in edges lengthwise then fold in the other 2 edges.
2. Do not fold the foil to form 2 layers or more, otherwise the food will take longer to cook.

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33 Responses to “Baked Salmon with Pesto Wrapped in Foil”

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  1. Joyce — May 30, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

    droolworthy indeed! Should stop looking at your website at this time of night.


  2. Pei-Lin — May 30, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    Yea! Agreed totally! Pesto is one of the easiest things to make, seriously! I mean it’s also such versatile that it goes so well with so many dishes. Your idea with baked salmon is good one. I’ll cooking these two things together by wrapping in foil. Usually though I’d just cook the fish first then spoon pesto over to serve.


  3. Selba — May 30, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    This one is a must try one!!! :)


  4. Angie's Recipes — May 30, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    A seriously delicious-looking baked salmon!


  5. anncoo — May 31, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    Mmm….so easy and hassle free ;D


  6. The Sudden Cook — May 31, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    Hi! This dish I can tell is super healthy! Am trying to incorporate more grilled fish in my diet – thanks for the recipe!


  7. peachkins — May 31, 2010 @ 3:29 pm



  8. pigpigscorner — May 31, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    I like baked salmon too, so simple and delicious!


  9. wyyv — May 31, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    this seems simple n nice =D


  10. tasteofbeirut — May 31, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    I love this recipe! First of all, it allows me not to clean up and secondly it is delicious with that green pesto inside!


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