Sunday is always the day where I try and make a few things to eat throughout the week. When I don’t make food in advance, I wind up either eating peanut butter and jelly all week, or else spending money at the overpriced deli downstairs. Sigh. So on Sundays, I usually try and make something rice-and-beans-ish, like this, and some kind of protein, like fish or meat, like this recipe!
I actually prefer white fish to salmon, because I have had a lot of salmon that has been overcooked and dry. But salmon was on sale a few weeks ago, so I thought I would give it a try – and I have liked it so much, I have bought it three times since!
To make this, it is literally the easiest thing in the world. That is why there aren’t any photos of the cooking process. To make the salmon, just rub the entire piece of fish in olive oil, sprinkle the top with salt and pepper, and in this case, I used some fresh basil from my garden. Sometimes I drizzle a little bit of lemon juice on top, too.
Stick it in the oven at 350° for about ten to twenty minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. I don’t even set a timer on mine, usually, and just check in every couple of minutes to make sure it isn’t getting too dry.
I have to confess, I eat so much sushi (there is a super cheap but über-delicious sushi joint right next to my apartment….cheap like, $3.00 for a Tuna California roll, my favorite) that sometimes when I make salmon I have to force myself to keep the fish in the oven long enough to make sure that it isn’t dark pink anymore! But see how the salmon is still nice and juicy inside? Perfection.
A large fillet can be divided into four different pieces – that’s four different lunches! Easy to prepare, tasty, and cheap – what more can you ask for?