Grilled salmon with tomato and basil
Provided that you are not allergic or sensitive to fish, eating salmon regularly (up to twice a week for women and girls and up to four times a week for boys, men and older women) may help to control eczema. Salmon provides an excellent source of long chain omega-3 fatty acids which some studies have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms in eczema patients. A group of substances known as carotenoids may also be important to help eczema and Salmon also contains astaxanthin a carotenoid that gives salmon its pink colour and that can act as a potent antioxidant. The tomatoes contain another powerful antioxidant called lycopene as well as vitamin C and can may therefore further strengthen the eczema combating properties of this dish.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 whole wild salmon fillet (or 4 salmon steaks)
- Large handful of basil
- 2 beef tomatoes
- Freshly ground pepper
Preheat grill to medium.
Peel the garlic and mash with the salt on a board using the side of a knife or a spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil.
Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary. Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil (or use a double layer of regular foil) large enough for the salmon fillet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic mixture all over it.
Roughly shred the basil and sprinkle about two thirds on top. Thinly slice the tomatoes and overlap on top and sprinkle with the pepper.
Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill. Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to a serving platter. Serve the salmon sprinkled with the remaining basil. Serve with sweet potato mash.
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