This dinner is so fast and easy to make, you will even surprise yourself. The original recipe called for Arctic Char, which I could not find anywhere, so I googled for a substitute and found that salmon will work well. I’ve been so busy lately playing catch up from vacation (still) I really needed something fast, and diet friendly, since I definitely indulged while in Chicago, and am now trying to “get back on the wagon,” so to speak.
Salmon is one of my favorite ingredients. I think its pretty family friendly, not to mention easy to prepare and hard to really screw up. If you want to eat more fish, but are intimidated by cooking it, start with salmon. With all fish, remember, it cooks fast. You can always put it in for more time, but you can’t take it back once its over cooked, so start with shorter cooking times and go from there.
Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes adapted from Cooking Light
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 4 garlic cloves, halved
- 3 pints multicolored cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
- 2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle fillets with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add fillets, flesh side down, to pan, and sauté for 2 minutes. Place pan in oven; cook at 400° for 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.
- 3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic, and cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high. Add tomatoes to pan; sauté for 2 minutes or until skins blister, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat. Sprinkle tomato mixture with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, basil, and shallots; toss to combine. Serve with fish.
Yesterday I got my first ever migraine! (So sucky!) So I’m a bit behind and have a lot of rushing around planned for today to make up for the time I spent laying in a dark room yesterday. No worries though, I’ve got plenty of great spring ideas up my sleeve including many more asparagus recipes for Seasonal Potluck!