Stuffed Salmon

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 half-pound salmon fillets (or a 1-pound salmon fillet)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1/3  cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach, loosely packed
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

 

Step 1: Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 F, and spray an oven-safe cooking dish with oil, Evenly coat the bottom of a baking dish. 

Step 2: Make the Filling

  • Use a paper towel to dab some of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes before placing them on a cutting board and chopping them.
  • Chop the sun-dried tomatoes. 
  • Add the oil and chopped sun-dried tomatoes to a skillet over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally or until fragrant.
  • Cook the sun-dried tomatoes until fragrant. 
  • Add the baby spinach and chopped basil leaves to the skillet. It's OK if the skillet seems very full -- the leaves will wilt and cook down. Stir occasionally until the leaves have completely wilted, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and basil.
  • Saute until the leaves have wilted.
  • Turn off the cooking element, and remove the skillet from the heat. Add the feta cheese and stir until well combined with the other ingredients.
  • Add the feta cheese to the skillet.
  • Stir until everything is combined. 

Step 3: Prepare the Salmon

  • Place salmon fillets (or fillet) on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice the salmon through the center, just until the knife almost reaches the other side.
  • Slice the salmon through the middle.
  • Cut until just before you reach the other edge.

Step 4: Stuff the Salmon

  • Use a large spoon to distribute the stuffing into the centers of each of the salmon fillets.
  • Add the filling to the edges of the salmon. 
  • Carefully transfer the salmon fillets to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Put the raw stuffed salmon in the baking dish.

Step 5: Bake

  • Bake salmon on the center rack of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. If the fillets started out thinner than 1 inch, it should take 20 to 25 minutes. Salmon fillets that started out thicker than one inch will take closer to 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and use a spatula to serve alongside your favorite side dishes.
  • Serve this stuffed salmon with a side salad for a healthy meal. 

Author: ehow.com/how_2303835_cook-stuffed-salmon.html