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Seared Salmon with Balsamic-Blistered Tomatoes

Seared Salmon with Balsamic-Blistered Tomatoes

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Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and 1/2 cup tomato mixture)

Fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinegar mirror and amplify each other; both are a bit tangy and sweet, and both benefit from a little high heat in the pan. Shallots mellow as they sauté and provide a backbone for the sauce. Moving the salmon to a sheet pan allows you to build the sauce in the skillet while the fish finishes in the oven. When it’s done, simply throw the foil away. Serve with a simple green salad dressed with a mild vinaigrette or creamy dressing as there’s plenty of tang in the sauce.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) salmon fillets, about 1 in. thick
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves, divided
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 338
  • Fat 15.1g
  • Satfat 2.8g
  • Monofat 7.3g
  • Polyfat 3.9g
  • Protein 38g
  • Carbohydrate 11g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Cholesterol 90mg
  • Iron 2mg
  • Sodium 571mg
  • Calcium 52mg
  • Sugars 6g
  • Est. added sugars 0g

How to Make It

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high. Sprinkle fillets evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add fillets to pan; cook 4 minutes on one side or until golden brown. Place fillets, seared side up, on prepared baking sheet; bake at 500°F for 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

Step 3

Return skillet to medium-high. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add shallots, and sauté 2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, tomatoes, and 1/3 cup basil; cook 2 minutes or until tomatoes begin to break down. Stir in vinegar, and cook 1 minute.

Step 4

Place 1 fillet on each of 4 plates; top evenly with tomato mixture and remaining basil.

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