Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Baked Salmon with Basil Aioli

Elegant. Simple. Fresh. That's the best way to describe this salmon dish. Not only is salmon extremely good for you, its the type of fish that even people who don't like fish enjoy. If you are looking for a quick and healthy dinner, look no further than this recipe.

Ingredients for salmon seasoning:
1 pound of fresh salmon
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 of teaspoon of pepper

Ingredients for basil aioli:
3 cloves of garlic
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of olive oil
1 cup of basil
1 jalapeno (seeded)
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
Zest of one lime
Juice of two limes

Kitchen Essentials:

Ziploc bag

Cooking spray
Oven-safe baking dish
Cutting board
Measuring cups and spoons

The night before you make this recipe, put the salmon in a Ziploc bag. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper to allow it to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the oven safe dish with cooking spray to prevent the fish from sticking. Place the piece of salmon on the dish and sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper. Place it in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until it is nice and golden brown. NOTE: Depending on the thickness of the salmon, cooking times may vary. Ensure that the salmon is always cooked through.

To make the aioli, place the chopped garlic cloves, egg yolk, salt, pepper, basil, lime zest and lime juice in the blender. Turn the blender on to high speed and begin to slowly add the olive oil. Once the mixture is well mixed and thick, add the seeded jalapeno. We removed the seeds to infuse the flavor of the jalapeno but not the heat. Blend well and your aioli is complete. Pour over the salmon and enjoy. We like to serve this with couscous.

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