Salmon for Supper
Updated: Apr 27
The roasting tins are out again. This recipe is an all time family fav and If I had to have a jar of something in my fridge it would have to be a jar of Sacla pesto, in fact we have three - the No.1 Classic Basil, No.2 Sun-Dried Tomato and No. 8 Fiery Chilli. Home made pesto is fab but when you are feeding 6, sometimes you just have to reach into the cupboard. I have to thank Jamie Oliver for this recipe. Its one of the first of his I ever made and I love the way he throws ingredients into a big roasting tin and shoves it on the oven. It's my kinda cooking. We've added pesto to it, which we smear over the top of the salmon, sometimes we use the classic basil or mix it up with one of the others. My dad who is 85 has nailed this recipe. He turns the oven onto its top whack and then puts the dish in for exactly 10 minutes. The salmon is perfectly cooked. Thanks Dad for the tried and tested formula. I used fresh anchovies in this dish but the tinned ones are just as good.
TRAY BAKED PESTO SALMON & GREEN BEANS
What you need
200g fine green beans topped and tailed (the extra fine ones are the best for this dish)
20 small cherry tomatoes
1 handful of pitted black olives
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 salmon fillets, skin on
4 tbsp green pesto
1 handful of fresh basil, optional
12 anchovy fillets
What to do
Preheat the oven to the highest setting.
Steam the green beans until they are just tender, drain and put in a large bowl with the tomatoes and stoned olives.
Toss in the olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper - I often add a dollop of pesto to the veg as well.
Squeeze juice of half a lemon over the salmon fillets on both sides, season both sides and drizzle with olive oil. Put the fillets of salmon skin side down at one end of a baking tray and spread the pesto over the top of the fillets. Toss the basil into the green beans with the olives and tomatoes and place this mixture at the other end of the tray.
Lay the anchovies over the green beans and roast in a preheated oven - highest setting for ten minutes. Quick easy and all on one tray!
Cook with Steph Top Tips
I've served it with roasted veg - mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, courgettes, sun-dried tomatoes and green olives, drizzled with olive oil a handful of fresh herbs and few crushed garlic cloves. Roast in the oven for about 30mins 200°C.