This rosemary roasted garlic salmon is simple, delicious and perfect for an easy family meal as well as impressive enough for a dinner party.
I am a huge fan of salmon but I have to admit that I don't cook it very often. Unfortunately I'm the only one in my family who really loves it. The rest of the family prefer to eat white fish and so that's what I tend to cook. The kids love pan-fried sea bass and I often cook it with this samphire or just a simple caper butter sauce. My husband is always happy with these recipes.
The Inspiration for this Rosemary Garlic Salmon
However, sometimes I decide to put myself first and that's exactly what happened recently when I saw this beautiful roasted fish recipe on Binky's Culinary Carnival. I was looking for one of Beth's recipes to make as I'd been assigned her blog in a food blogger recipe swap. This salmon just jumped out at me. It was all the things I love in a recipe: easy, healthy and it would be great to eat cold the next day. If there was any left.
I especially loved how the rosemary garlic paste is made with roasted garlic. As soon as I read the recipe I wanted to roast some garlic bulbs and so I did. I roasted a few bulbs whole and then kept them in the fridge for the next few days. Whenever I wanted an extra boost of garlic in a soup or stew I just squeezed out a couple of cloves. That's definitely something I'll continue to do.
Can you adapt this salmon recipe?
I adapted the recipe just a little. I had a jar of truffle and black peppercorn salt so decided to use some of that in the paste instead of plain salt. Of course, feel free to use ordinary sea salt instead of the salt I used. I added a squeeze of lemon before cooking too.
In the original recipe the salmon was grilled but I baked the salmon in the oven instead. As you can see, I used a 500g piece of salmon but you could easily adapt the recipe and use it for a whole side of salmon.
Can you serve this roasted garlic salmon cold?
The salmon smells amazing as it's cooking and it tasted just as good. I think it would make a great recipe for over the Christmas period as it's simple to prepare and easy to cook. It's also just as good cold so you could make it to serve as part of a cold buffet over the Christmas period.
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Rosemary Roasted Garlic Salmon
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 3 cloves roasted garlic
- ¼ tsp sea salt I used Camargue sea salt with black pepper and truffle
- 500 g piece of salmon
- 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- Remove the leaves from the stalks of rosemary, chop them roughly.
- Put the rosemary, roasted garlic and sea salt into a pestle and mortar and pound to a paste.
- Put the salmon on a piece of lightly oiled aluminium foil on a baking tray. Make f ew slashes in the flesh of salmon. Spread the garlic and rosemary mixture into the salmon.
- Cut the lemon into quarters. Squeeze a quarter over the salmon before it goes in the oven. Save the rest to serve with the cooked salmon.
- Bake the salmon in the oven for 15 minutes.
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