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Salmon with Basil Oil

Real Simple AUGUST 2006

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time:15 Minutes


  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a bowl halfway with ice water.

Set broiler on high. Place the salmon on a foil-lined broiler pan and season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, without turning, until the salmon is the same color throughout and flakes easily, 7 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness; set aside.

Meanwhile, add the basil to the pot and cook for 5 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the basil to the ice water. Drain and squeeze to remove any excess water. Place on a paper towel and pat dry. Place the basil, oil, pepper, and the remaining salt in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer the salmon to individual plates and drizzle with some of the basil oil. (You can cover and refrigerate the remaining oil for up to 2 weeks.)

Tip: You can also drizzle this aromatic oil on corn on the cob, grilled or broiled chicken, fresh mozzarella or Feta, boiled new potatoes, roasted vegetables, fried eggs, country-style bread, and vegetable or white bean soup.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 372
  • Calories from fat: 60%
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 94mg
  • Sodium: 251mg
  • Carbohydrate: 1g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 34g

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