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A foil packet that has been torn open to reveal baked salmon with a tomato topping and rice.

Tomato Pesto Salmon and Rice Recipe Baked in Foil

Katerina | Diethood
Incredibly flavorful, quick, 30-minute healthy dinner recipe with tomato pesto, salmon and rice baked in foil.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 heavy duty foil sheets
  • 2 cups instant rice (you can use brown rice)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 6 (about 4 to 5 ounces each) Salmon Fillets, skins removed
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2- cup Sundried Tomato Pesto
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Place rice and water in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Lay out the foil sheets and divide the rice mixture evenly over each foil, squeezing the water out as much as possible. I just spoon out some rice, then hold the spoon to the side of the bowl and tilt the spoon a bit to drain out the excess water.
  • Top rice with salmon fillets; season with salt and pepper, and rub with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Add a tablespoon of tomato pesto on top and spread it over each fillet.
  • Sprinkle some garlic over fillets.
  • Place a sprig of fresh thyme over each fillet.
  • Fold the sides of the foil over the fish, covering completely; seal the packets closed.
  • Transfer fillets to a jelly roll pan or large baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through.
  • Transfer foil packets to plates.
  • Carefully open up the foil packets and serve.


Calories: 386 kcal | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Protein: 36 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 95 mg | Sodium: 267 mg | Potassium: 846 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 250 IU | Vitamin C: 2.7 mg | Calcium: 53 mg | Iron: 3.6 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon recipe, easy salmon recipe, salmon dinner recipe, salmon recipes