A Delish Baked salmon with veggies and pesto sauce
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You might wonder how long it takes to cook a delicious recipe. But then it has to be a healthy recipe and that makes it more complex and time-consuming. So many times we settle for some dull dishes, just to get over with it and carry on with our busy lives.
However, healthy food doesn’t have to be complex or time-consuming. And most of all it mustn’t be dull. We want to feel every bit of flavour our food has to offer and we want to make it as fast as we can.
Sounds like we’re asking for too much? Nope, we’re not. And my blog’s mission is to make healthy recipes as simple as possible and most important DELICIOUS, so that’s exactly what we’ll do.
So today I came up with the best salmon recipe that will only take you 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to wait until it’s done.
A small tip: during those 20 minutes, you could sip a glass of wine and read a good quality book or blog (like Blondelish ) 😉 . This way it will seem like your baked salmon is ready in no time.
I’ve made it with pesto sauce, and if you haven’t got any pesto handy don’t worry about it. Just follow the instructions in this Homemade pesto recipe, and you’ll have the most delicious sauce (can’t even compare it to what we find in grocery stores) ready in just 10 minutes.
The cooking technique I used for this baked salmon recipe is called en papillote, and just like the name suggests, it comes from french cuisine. The ingredients are steamed within the baking paper sachet and that makes them tender, juicy and full of flavour.
Although it might sound fancy, this en papillote technique is a lot easier than it sounds. Just take a look at the video recipe and see for yourselves. Oh, and don’t get scared by the hand burns 🙂 , they’re totally unrelated.
You should experiment more with this technique and use different veggies, seafood or any other kinds of fish. It’s a healthy way of cooking low calories and flavour rich food. I’m sure you’ll master it in no time.
Finally, a few Tips: 1. Use fresh skinless salmon 2. The best pesto is the one you make yourself. That's because you can experiment with ingredients and quantities (garlic, nuts or seeds, herbs). For example, if you like an intense garlic flavor then you can always add more garlic to your own taste.
Baked salmon with veggies and pesto sauce
- 1 salmon fillet
- 1 handful of fresh green beans ends trimmed
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 pepper chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 Tbsp pesto
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ lemon
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 400 degrees F
Cut one piece of parchment paper, about 15x30 cm (6 x 12 inches)
To set the “sachet” first you have to place green beans in the middle of the parchment paper, then peppers and cherry tomatoes. Add salmon fillet on top of the veggies and brush it with 1 spoonful of pesto. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, then wrap the paper together.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, until the fish is cooked through.
Top with freshly squeezed lemon and serve hot!
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