Simple Garlic Herb Roasted Salmon (GF, Oil-Free, Paleo)

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If you have to rank my favorite foods of all time salmon would definitely be up there. As a young child, I was never allowed to eat sashimi. I would watch my parents in envy savoring the pieces of raw fish with sashimi. It just seemed good. So the first time I tried raw fish my expectations was really high. To my dismay, it tasted chewy and flavorless and bland. My dad definitely does not agree with me, because he love this sashimi.

But now years later, since that experience, I have learnt to appreciate Japanese Sashimi. Some things just take time to appreciate, to adapt and to love.

Out of all the types of fish, my favorite would have to be salmon sashimi. There is just something about the texture. Salmon is a little fatty so it just melts in your mouth. Sometimes my dad tells me that I don’t really know how to appreciate sashimi because all I want to eat is salmon sashimi. He is the seafood expert I’m not. But I just love that flavor and texture. I remember back in high school, after the end of school, a couple of my friends and I would go to the large grocery stores (like Taste or City super) and buy a box of salmon sashimi to share and enjoy. Wearing our cute school uniforms – collared button-up shirts and dark skirts, with our maroon sweaters; and a large school bag, we would excitedly make our way to the roof of the shopping mall. Looking over the harbor, ferries coming in and out; tall buildings clouded by the misty fog, we would devour our little box of sushi. We really knew how to enjoy life back then.

Whenever I eat salmon, I would remember those beautiful moments again. Maybe sometimes we love the food we eat not just because it tastes good but because of the memories associated with it. For me, salmon is like that – it reminds my young innocent days back in high school.

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Adapted from rasamalaysia 

Ingredients – Serves 2

  • 2 Salmon fillets
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil leaves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • Black pepper
  • Pinch of Red Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Place Salmon fillets on a baking dish lined with parchment paper
  3. Combine all the remainder ingredients together.
  4. Spoon the mixture over the salmon fillets, making sure there is enough to coat the top of the salmon.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, or until cooked through.

Serve with roasted vegetables, rice, lemon wedges.


Zoe & Mia

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