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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”

  1. tigerfish — June 1, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    This is definitely delicious and easy to make. I like the addition of brussel sprouts – do they get caramelized as well after baked with the salmon?


  2. Looks so yummy and refreshing. Jamie Oliver is great I once saw him cook fish in a dish washers, yes a dish washer. :)


    • wiffy replied: — June 7th, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

      yes Jamie Oliver is awesome. love his style of cooking, so unpretentious and relaxed!


  3. TasteHongKong — June 1, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    Simple yet beautiful. The pesto must have kept the salmon moist and flavorful.


  4. MaryMoh — June 1, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    Mmm….pesto with salmon…looks delicious!


  5. daphne — June 1, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    I am sooo with u on this recipe! It works very very well. I am a huge fan of Ministry of Food- so simple but very delicious. I think one of Jamie’s best book ever.


  6. Ching — June 1, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

    This is a great all in one, easy to clean up individual serving dish. Perhaps I will do this on my lazy day.


  7. HoppingHammy — June 2, 2010 @ 1:22 am

    You are SO creative wiffy! Gotta love quick cleanup, right?

    My mom makes a similar recipe (similar in the way it is cooked in the foil like this one), but it has chicken breast, stuffing, mushrooms, peas, etc. in a sauce. It’s very moist and keeps all the flavor in. Let me know if you’re interested in it and I can send it to ya. :wink:


    • wiffy replied: — June 2nd, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

      omg your mum’s version sounds delicious! and yes! I would love to have the recipe if it’s not too much trouble for ya. take your time. xo :)


  8. Reeni — June 2, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    This is such a great idea! And I love pesto! Never had it on salmon. Bet it’s delicious. :lol:


  9. Juliana — June 2, 2010 @ 4:33 am

    Wow, what a nice way to prepare salmon…love the way you wrapped with foil…nice pictures!


  10. Anh — June 2, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    That looks so delicious. I like baked salmon like this a lot.