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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easy Garlic Butter Salmon Packets

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I get messages all the time from readers who are empty nesters or retirees who need ideas of healthy and delicious meals for only one or two people.  And there are also some of you who are single adults who feel the same way.  To be honest, I could lump myself into this category during the daytime when I'm looking for a healthy lunch and don't want to go out to eat or drive through a line somewhere.  Well this is an expand-to-fit recipe, because I'm using individually portioned salmon filets.  Boom!  That will cover all of my peeps looking to do their healthy lunch prep at the beginning of the week as well as those looking to make a meal for one or two.  

I'm just going to put it right out there that the only salmon I'm a fan of is the wild Alaskan sockeye.  I really don't care for the farm raised Atlantic type.  For one, the wild Alaskan sockeye has a higher omega-3 content which makes it more heart healthy.  Additionally, I just prefer the taste.  But you feel free to use whatever you enjoy.  You are the one cooking.  It's your kitchen!  By the way, this meal is so easy my kids could put it together.  It's also super healthy and very quick, coming in at the 30-minute mark!  My kids told me that we've had this so many times now that it's time to put it on the blog for everyone.  So here it is.

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easy garlic butter salmon packets_menumusings.comIngredients: (for 4 servings)

  • 4 individual wild Alaskan sockeye salmon filets 
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (~ 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced very fine 
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 - 2 lemon slices per filet for baking 
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley for garnish
  • Optional fresh dill 
Step-by-Step:
First go ahead and get your oven preheating to 375F.  Grab some pieces of aluminum foil.  Parchment paper won't work for this because of the butter sauce and we'll be putting it under the broiler.  You'll need pieces that are about 12" x 14" or so to make these individual packets.  The foil needs to be large enough to fold over the and seal the fish and veggies.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the butter, fresh lemon juice and minced garlic.  I just threw it in the microwave for a minute to melt the butter and combine the ingredients.
4 Tbsp melted butter + 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp finely minced garlic
If you have any veggies you need to use up, grab them out of the fridge.  I used some zucchini.  An onion or carrots sliced thinly would work, too.  I didn't want my fish to stick to the aluminum foil.  Turn your foil so that the dull side is facing up and the shiny side is facing down.  Place the veggies on the foil or at least spray it with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the salmon on the veggies.

Pour the melted butter mixture over the salmon.  You may want to bend up the edges so none of your sauce will run out.
Season liberally with salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes.  Add fresh dill if you'd like.  Add thinly sliced lemon slices cut in half.
kosher salt + black pepper + dried oregano + crushed red pepper flakes
thinly sliced lemons
Fold up each side of the foil over the salmon, making a double fold over the top.  Then fold in the ends, making sure each is well sealed and the sauce does not leak.  You also want to leave room on top of each filet to allow the steam to circulate.


Place your filets in the oven and bake until for around 20 - 22 minutes.  
Open the salmon packets carefully.  Turn the oven on broil for about 3 minutes and return the fish to the oven.  
Remove packets from the oven.  The salmon should flake easily with a fork.   You may want to spoon some of the sauce from the bottom of the packet over the top of the salmon and sprinkle some chopped parsley over the top to garnish.
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Just an FYI:  This is how it looks if you want to make a bunch of it for a whole family.  This is about 2 1/2 pounds of fresh wild Alaskan sockeye salmon.  This is how I do it if I'm making if for all of us.  Just adjust the amounts and basically double everything.  *I actually prefer it with the chopped dill as you see in the family style salmon below, but today I somehow left that item off of my grocery list.  Ughh!
easy garlic butter salmon packets_menumusings.com
Serve your cooked filets with roasted vegetables, rice/quinoa, salad, you name it!
easy garlic butter salmon packets_menumusings.com
Serve to some people you love!

easy garlic butter salmon packets_menumusings.com
I hope you have enjoyed this easy, family friendly, healthy entree recipe.

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Written Method:
First go ahead and get your oven preheating to 375F.  Grab some pieces of aluminum foil.  Parchment paper won't work for this because of the butter sauce and we'll be putting it under the broiler.  You'll need pieces that are about 12" x 14" or so to make these individual packets.  The foil needs to be large enough to fold over and seal the fish and veggies.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the butter, fresh lemon juice and minced garlic.  I just threw it in the microwave for a minute to melt the butter and combine the ingredients.  If you have any veggies you need to use up, grab them out of the fridge.  (Zucchini, onions or carrots sliced thinly work great.)  You don't want the fish to stick to the aluminum foil.  Turn your foil so that the dull side is facing up.  Place the veggies on the foil or at least spray it with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the salmon on the veggies.

Pour the melted butter mixture over the salmon.  You may want to bend up the edges so none of your sauce will run out.  Season liberally with salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes.  Add fresh dill if you'd like.  Add thinly sliced lemon slices cut in half.  Fold up each side of the foil over the salmon, making a double fold over the top.  Then fold in the ends, making sure each is well sealed and the sauce does not leak.  You also want to leave room on top of each filet to allow the steam to circulate.

Place your filets in the oven and bake until for around 20 - 22 minutes.  Open the salmon packets carefully.  Turn the oven on broil for about 3 minutes and return the fish to the oven.  Remove packets from the oven.  The salmon should flake easily with a fork.   You may want to spoon some of the sauce from the bottom of the packet over the top of the salmon and sprinkle some chopped parsley over the top to garnish.

FYI: If you are making a bunch of it for a whole family and can purchase the whole fresh filets, I usually use two whole filets.  This is about 2 1/2 - 3 pounds of fresh wild Alaskan sockeye salmon.  Just adjust the amounts and basically double everything.  Serve your cooked filets with roasted vegetables, rice/quinoa, salad, you name it!


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