Parchment Baked Salmon with Lemon and Basil

Parchment Baked Salmon with Lemon and Basil

Serves 6
In this easy recipe, the salmon is cooked simply in a parchment paper packet with slices of lemon and fresh basil. Use any leftovers to make an out-of-this-world sandwich by layering the salmon with vegetable cream cheese and cucumber slices on slices of toasted sourdough bread.
  • 6 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 (15-square inch) pieces parchment paper
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • Kitchen twine
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Place a large baking sheet on bottom rack of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F.

Season salmon with salt and pepper. Cut two half inch slices into flesh of each piece of salmon; roll basil leaves and stuff into slits in salmon.

Place a salmon fillet in the center of each piece of parchment paper. Drizzle each fillet with 1 teaspoon of the oil, then place lemon slices on top. Gather sides of parchment up over salmon to form a pouch, leaving no openings, and tie tightly with kitchen twine. Place packages directly on hot baking sheet in oven and cook for 20 minutes. Transfer to plates and carefully open packages to release steam before serving.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 450 calories (220 from fat), 15g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 2g carbohydrates, 34g protein.
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