Slow-Baked Salmon with tomato, orange and basil sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Makes: 4 servings

Cooking salmon at a low temperature in the oven makes it easy to prepare, and keeps it super moist. Salmon is a great source of DHA (an Omega-3 fat). Learn more about DHA


1 lb salmon fillet with skin 500 g
1 tsp olive oil 5 mL

Salt and ground black pepper to taste


1 1/2 lb vine-ripened tomatoes (about 6 medium) 750 g
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 10 mL
1 tsp minced garlic 5 mL
1 medium orange 1
1/2 tsp cornstarch 2 mL
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves(finely sliced) 30 mL


To make Salmon:

  1. Preheat oven to 300º F (150º C).
  2. Place salmon skin-side-down on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush top with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until flesh in thickest part appears cooked (separate flesh with tip of paring knife to check).


To make Sauce:

  1. While salmon bakes, cut tomatoes in half crosswise. Squeeze out seeds and discard. Set box grater in medium bowl. Holding hand flat, rub cut side of each tomato half over coarse side of grater until only skin remains; discard skins.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil; add garlic and stir until fragrant and just beginning to colour, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and simmer until most of watery portion has evaporated, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Grate 1 tsp (5 mL) zest and squeeze 3 tbsp (45 mL) juice from orange. Combine zest and juice with cornstarch, stirring until cornstarch is dissolved.
  4. Add mixture to tomato sauce along with basil; stir briefly until sauce has returned to simmer.
  5. Use metal spatula to remove portions of salmon, leaving skin behind. Serve with sauce spooned on top.


Nutrients per Serving

Calories 281
Carbohydrate 10 g
Fat 16 grams fat (2.6 g saturated fat)
Fibre 2 g
DHA 1093 mg*
Protein 24 g
Cholesterol 67 mL
Sodium 83 mg

*Based on 75 g (2.5 oz) cooked Atlantic farmed salmon. DHA amounts may vary based on the type of salmon you choose.

Related Articles