Baked Salmon – Salmone al forno

Like a lot of food, some people don’t like the taste or texture of fish; the majority doesn’t like the “smell” and a few don’t like the “taste”.

Fresh fish should smell lightly of the sea, but should not smell fishy unless is been exposed to air for too long. Fresh fish is hard to obtain though (and expensive), so frozen fish is a good alternative as long as it is from a reliable company.

As for tasting, I believe most people don’t like the taste because the fish is either undercooked or overcooked. Fish however is very important for a healthy diet. Salmon for instance, is packed with omega-3 fatty acids that help keep your heart strong and arteries clear. It also strengthens the immune system, mental health and eyesight.

This easy to make recipe is so tasty and healthy it will impress even your most picky guests.

Buon Appetitto!

Baked Salmon – Salmone al Forno

Ingredients for 4 servings

4 – 6 oz. salmon filet
1 Tbsp. salted butter
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Lemon thinly sliced
2 Clove of garlic thinly sliced
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Sea salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Rinse the salmon fillet under cold running water and pat dry. Place in the baking dish (skin side down); brush the salmon with butter, in order, top with garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and lemon. Drizzle with olive oil, cover with aluminum foil and bake until the salmon is opaque in the center about 18 minutes. Uncover and cook 2 more minutes. Serve hot.

Recipe courtesy of Lina Pulitano Waddell

Author Note: For a complete healthy meal serve this dish with mixed salad, quinoa or brown rice.
Wine pair: Chardonnay