By: Maria Flynn
Time: approx. 30 min or less
Serves: 3 to 4
1/2 whole salmon fillet
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon dry basil
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary
Sea salt and black ground pepper (to taste)
1/2 lemon cut into thinly sliced rounds. Save the end of the lemon.
Rinse salmon with cold water, pat dry. Place salmon on foiled lined backing dish. Rub extra virgin olive oil all over front and back of salmon. Spread crushed garlic all over top of salmon. Sprinkle basil, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper over top of salmon. Place lemon slices over top of salmon with a thin pad of butter on top of each lemon slice. Use remaining lemon end and squeeze the lemon juice over the salmon.
Let the salmon sit on the middle rack of the oven to remove the chill. This step is not necessary but I find it helps enhance the flavor. Leave salmon on middle rack with oven door completely shut and broil on HI for 15 minutes. Turn the oven off after 15 minutes and DO NOT open oven door. Let the heat in the oven continue to cook the salmon. For thinner salmon 5 to 10 minutes more. For thicker salmon 10 to 15 minutes more. If you like your salmon rare, cook it less.
Cut and serve salmon with lemon slices and steamed broccoli.
Steam broccoli. Place in serving dish and coat with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt to taste. For added flavor use thinly shaved Kerrygold: Dubliner Cheese over broccoli.
Fresh wild caught salmon is always better than farm-raised salmon. According to Dr. Melina Jampolis, diet and fitness expert for CNN Health, "Nearly all salmon Americans eat are farm-raised -- grown in dense-packed pens near ocean shores, fed fish meal that can be polluted with toxic PCB chemicals, awash in excrement flushed out to sea and infused with antibiotics to combat unsanitary conditions. Some salmon are raised on farms that use more sustainable methods, but you can't tell from the packaging."
Salmon has the ever important omega-3 fatty acids. You probably already know that this is good for you and your heart. For ladies over 40, (like me)...this is important because it helps reduce joint pain and inflammation. It helps maintain collagen and elastin in the skin (I notice this especially in my face when I keep salmon in my diet). It may even help alleviate symptoms in certain forms of depression.