salmon with caprese salad on a pan

Salmon Caprese

I’m always looking for new ways to cook fish. There are tons of ideas out there, and each one sounds better than the next. But, one night after making a Caprese Panini, I wondered if the same topping would go go well with baked salmon…

Frankly, my dear, the answer is YES!

My first attempt at making this dish was a complete disaster. I would post a picture, but you’d probably never read this blog again. 🙂 So, I’ll just show you what it looked like before it went into the oven. Isn’t it lovely?

Silly me. I thought it would be a neat idea to cook everything on a sheet pan, which was brilliant, except for the mozzarella cheese mixed with balsamic glaze. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Three days later, I was still scraping cheese off that pan!

Thankfully, my savvy daughter-in-law suggested I bake the salmon as usual, then add the caprese topping without being cooked. BINGO! Did I mention I have the smartest DIL in the world? Look how nicely this dish turned out…

Y’all, the flavor of the salmon, combined with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, is absolutely off-the-charts! The warmth of the baked salmon melts the cheese to the perfect temperature. When you add a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and serve the entire dish over rice, it takes seafood to the next level.

I think it’s good to know when people make mistakes while cooking…especially me. Momma always said, “You’ll never learn unless you try.”

It’s all fine…until you have to make another trip to the grocery store to buy a second round of stuff. 🙂 Oh well, enjoy this dish…’cause it’s one of my best catastrophes!

salmon with caprese salad on a pan

Salmon Caprese

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings, depending on size of salmon 1x


The flavor of salmon, combined with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, is absolutely off-the-charts!  Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and serve over rice to create a dish that takes seafood to the next level.



  • 1 large salmon filet (at least 2 pounds)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, cubed
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked and seasoned with butter and a dash of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drizzle olive oil on bottom on a sheet pan.
  3. Arrange salmon on pan, with top side facing up. 
  4. Drizzle olive oil over top of salmon.
  5. Mix garlic salt, pepper and paprika together, then sprinkle salmon with mix.
  6. Arrange lemon slices on top of salmon.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped green onions.
  8. Bake salmon at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
  9. While salmon is baking, slice tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.
  10. Cook rice as directed on package.
  11. Take salmon out of oven and immediately garnish with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.
  12. Drizzle balsamic glaze over entire surface of salmon.
  13. Slice salmon and serve over cooked brown rice.


The warmth of the salmon will melt the cheese to the perfect temperature.

If you can’t find balsamic glaze in your store, make it by boiling 8 oz. balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup brown sugar together for 20 minutes over medium heat. Let it cool about 10 minutes before using, then store in the frig to use later.

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Oven Baked

Keywords: salmon caprese, baked salmon, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze

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I’d love to hear what you think about this recipe. Please leave a comment and *STAR* rating below…


  1. Looks delish!

  2. 5 Star Restaurant Dish! The flavors are fabulous together, very healthy too. Thanks Debi!

  3. Teresa Powell Kagley

    I made this and cheated on the topping. I used canned roasted tomatoes, dried basil, and shredded mozzarella. It was the best salmon I’ve ever had!! I’ll definitely make this again! Thanks Debi!!

  4. Pam Salyers

    Oh my…..I’ll be trying this!

  5. I love salmon. This recipe is so different than any I have seen. I bet it’s delicious!

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