Apr 052010
 

The weather in New York over the the past few days has been unreal. Layout on the roof, frolic through central park, smile for no reason kind of weather. And when the weather starts to change, I find myself craving fresh, springy food. So tonight, even though I knew I was going to be eating solo, I decided to make a delicious, light and fresh salmon packet.


This recipe is super easy and can be made for just one or for a dinner party of 10. I started by marinading the salmon in a simple white wine, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper mixture.

I topped the salmon with some fresh thyme sprigs which add a great lemony freshness. Basil would work great in this recipe too if you don’t have thyme. But try to get some thyme…you won’t regret it.

After about 15 minutes of salmon soaking and oven preheating, I assembled my packets. Place the piece of salmon in the center of a piece of foil. Pour over sauce, sprinkle with thyme, and top with 2 thin lemon slices. I threw in some fresh cherry tomatoes because I had them but it would be just as tasty tomato-free.

Roll up the tin-foil so it makes a packet where those delicious wine, lemon, thyme and garlic flavors can mingle while they cook. I cooked it for 15 minutes with the packet closed and 5 open at the end (I like my salmon cooked through completely so subtract a few minutes if you like it more rare). I like to serve them right in the foil packets because it looks rustic and fresh.

Nutritional highlights: You all have probably heard that salmon is one of the best sources of “omega-3 fatty acids”, but why is that so important?? Our bodies don’t produce omega-3’s on their own so we must get them from food. Omega-3’s have been said to reduce risk of heart disease and some cancers, lower triglycerides, and help prevent high blood pressure and strokes. Basically it’s a superfood and you should eat it. Out of a tin foil packet. Because it’s delicious and really easy.

Lemon White Wine Salmon Packets

Ingredients:

2- 6 oz salmon filets
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 thin slices fresh lemon
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
10 cherry tomatoes (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400
1. Season salmon with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
2. Pour over white wine and lemon juice. Sprinkle on garlic and leaves from 2 of the thyme sprigs. Let marinate for 15 minutes.
3. Assemble your packets. Lay out a piece of tin foil per piece of fish. Place fish in the center and pour excess marinade over. Lay 2 lemon slices on the salmon and top with 2 thyme sprigs each. Garnish with cherry tomatoes if desired.
4. Wrap up your packets and bake for 12-15 minutes (depending on doneness preference). Open packets and cook for 5 more minutes or until fish flakes to your liking.
5. Simply remove from oven and serve!

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