Friday, July 22, 2011

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil

I am a huge seafood fan. I especially love crustaceans (shrimp, crab, lobster!). When it comes to fish, I really like salmon. It's not boring and it's not fishy tasting, it's just delicious, and healthy too! However, when it comes to loving salmon my dad takes the cake. He absolutely loves salmon. He gets super excited every single time it shows up in the fridge.

When I came home a couple weeks ago, I noticed some salmon in the freezer just waiting for me. It was sockeye, bright red and gorgeous looking, which I have never had before. After defrosting it I went on a search for a delicious and healthy grilled salmon recipe. It's summer after all, I don't want to use the oven if I can use the grill instead. I found this yummy recipe online at Eating Well. I had all of the ingredients on hand, which is amazing, and it looked both healthy and delicious. I was right. This turned out to be one of the best salmon recipes I have tried yet. It was quick and easy but still impressive and tasty. I will definitely be making this one again.

The finished product

A beautiful fillet

Garlic and oil for the top

Spread the garlic oil on the fish

Add some basil (yum!)

Layer on the tomatoes

Grilled, ready to devour

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 whole wild salmon fillet 
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided 
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced 
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
Preheat grill to medium.

Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.

Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup basil.


  1. Nothing more comforting than a perfectly baked salmon! This is also my fav fish and lets not forget how healthy it is :)

  2. I agree! Thanks so much for your comments, I appreciate them a lot.