Baked Salmon and Tomatoes

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Baked Salmon and Tomatoes: Your New Favorite Family Dinner Idea

Baked Salmon and Tomatoes is a sheet pan recipe, perfectly marrying the rich flavors of flaky salmon with the bright, juicy burst of cherry tomatoes, all elegantly wrapped in the aromatic embrace of garlic and basil.

Drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and seasoned with just the right amount of salt and pepper, this dish stands out not only for its delightful assembly of flavors but also for its health benefits, aligning with the demands of gluten-free dish lovers and those in pursuit of low carb meals.

It’s the quintessential choice for a broad spectrum of occasions, from a regular quick weeknight meal to a more festive holiday dinner, making it a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire.

Whether it’s a cozy dinner for two, a robust Christmas meal, or a simple yet sophisticated date night dinner, Baked Salmon and Tomatoes effortlessly adapts, promising to become a staple in your array of easy dinner ideas and family meals.

A vibrant dish of baked salmon fillets surrounded by roasted cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet, showcasing a healthy and colorful meal.

Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes Ingredients

  • Salmon: The centerpiece, offering omega-rich, succulent bites.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: For richness and moisture.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: For a pop of color and freshness.
  • Garlic: Minced, for depth of flavor.
  • Basil: For a fresh, herbaceous lift.
  • Salt and Pepper: For seasoning to perfection.
Top-down image of a beautifully plated baked salmon and cherry tomatoes on a pristine white dish, ready for a healthy and inviting meal.

Instructions for Baking Salmon and Tomatoes

Preparing the Dish

  1. Mix the Marinade: In a bowl, combine extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, chopped basil, salt, and pepper to create a simple yet flavorful marinade.
  2. Marinate the Salmon: Brush the salmon fillets with the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Arrange the salmon on a baking sheet.
  3. Add Tomatoes: Scatter cherry tomatoes around the salmon fillets on the sheet pan, embracing the simplicity of sheet pan dinner preparations.

Baking

  1. Preheat the Oven: Warm your oven to 400°F (204°C), setting the stage for a perfectly baked creation.
  2. Bake the Dish: Slide the sheet pan into the oven, letting the salmon and tomatoes bake for about 15-20 minutes. This method not only accentuates the flavors but also aligns with the philosophy of easy clean-up dinners.

Resting and Serving

  1. Rest the Salmon: Allow the baked salmon to rest briefly after baking. This ensures the juices redistribute, making every bite succulent.
  2. Serve and Enjoy: Present the beautifully baked salmon and tomatoes hot, pairing it with sides that complement its flavors and textures, making every meal an occasion.
Top-down shot of salmon and tomatoes on a sheet pan, highlighting the vibrant colors and ready-to-bake arrangement for a quick and healthy dinner.

Tips for Perfect Baked Salmon and Tomatoes

  • Marination Time: While quick to prepare, allowing the salmon to marinate for a brief period can enhance the flavors.
  • Skin Side Down: Begin with the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet to achieve crispy skin and moist flesh.
  • Low-Calorie Option: This recipe is a great choice for anyone watching their calorie intake, offering a nutritious yet satisfying meal.
  • 30 Minute Meal: Ready in about 30 minutes, this dish is perfect for quick weeknight dinners.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Transfer the cooled salmon and tomatoes into an airtight container. They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, ensuring freshness and flavor are preserved for your next meal.
  • Freezing (Optional): For longer storage, you can freeze the baked salmon and tomatoes. Wrap them individually in freezer-safe wrap or place them in a freezer bag, labeling with the date. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheating: To enjoy again, reheat the salmon and tomatoes gently in the oven at 275°F (135°C) until warmed through. This method helps retain moisture and prevents the salmon from drying out. If in a rush, you can also microwave them on a low setting, using a microwave-safe dish and covering lightly to keep the moisture in. Remember, reheating times may vary based on the thickness of the salmon and the type of tomatoes used.
Oven-baked salmon with a golden crust, nestled among juicy, blistered cherry tomatoes, ready to serve for a nutritious dinner.

What to Serve with Baked Salmon and Tomatoes

Baked Salmon and Tomatoes is a wonderfully versatile dish that can be paired with a wide range of sides to suit any occasion, be it a casual dinner or a festive gathering.

Here are some suggestions to complement its flavors:

Other Salmon Dinners to Try!

Juicy cherry tomatoes and perfectly baked salmon fillets on a sheet pan, illustrating an easy and healthy one-pan dinner option.
Yield: 4 servings

Baked Salmon and Tomatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Savor the simplicity of Baked Salmon and Tomatoes, where succulent salmon meets bursting cherry tomatoes, seasoned to perfection. A heart-healthy, low-calorie delight that transforms dinner into a nutritious feast in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

Preparing the Dish

  1. Mix the Marinade: In a bowl, combine extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, chopped basil, salt, and pepper to create a simple yet flavorful marinade.
  2. Marinate the Salmon: Brush the salmon fillets with the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Arrange the salmon on a baking sheet.
  3. Add Tomatoes: Scatter cherry tomatoes around the salmon fillets on the sheet pan, embracing the simplicity of sheet pan dinner preparations.

Baking

  1. Preheat the Oven: Warm your oven to 400°F (204°C), setting the stage for a perfectly baked creation.
  2. Bake the Dish: Slide the sheet pan into the oven, letting the salmon and tomatoes bake for about 15-20 minutes. This method not only accentuates the flavors but also aligns with the philosophy of easy clean-up dinners.

Resting and Serving

  1. Rest the Salmon: Allow the baked salmon to rest briefly after baking. This ensures the juices redistribute, making every bite succulent.
  2. Serve and Enjoy: Present the beautifully baked salmon and tomatoes hot, pairing it with sides that complement its flavors and textures, making every meal an occasion.

Notes

  • Marination Time: While quick to prepare, allowing the salmon to marinate for a brief period can enhance the flavors.
  • Skin Side Down: Begin with the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet to achieve crispy skin and moist flesh.
  • Low-Calorie Option: This recipe is a great choice for anyone watching their calorie intake, offering a nutritious yet satisfying meal.
  • 30 Minute Meal: Ready in about 30 minutes, this dish is perfect for quick weeknight dinners.
  • Nutrition Information

    Yield

    4

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 575Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 143mgSodium 217mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 51g

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