Parchment Baked Salmon

Serves 2



 2 (8 oz.) Salmon Fillet

 Salt and pepper to taste

 ¼ cup chopped basil leaves

 Olive oil cooking spray

 1 lemon, thinly sliced



 Place an oven rack in the lowest position in oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Place salmon fillet with skin side down in the middle of a large piece of parchment paper; season with salt and black pepper. Cut 2-3 inch slits into the fish with a sharp knife. Stuff chopped basil leaves into the slits. Spray fillet with cooking spray and arrange lemon slices on top.


Fold edges of parchment paper over the fish several times to seal into an airtight packet. Place sealed packet onto a baking sheet.


Bake fish on the bottom rack of oven until the salmon flakes easily and meat is pink and opaque with an interior slightly darker pink color, about 25 minutes. To serve, cut the parchment paper open and removed lemon slices before plating fish.