Salmon Caprese

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Salmon Caprese takes seafood to the next level. The combination of salmon, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic glaze is amazing!

caprese salmon topped with tomatoes, basil and cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze

What’s Special About This Recipe?

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!

whole salmon on a sheet pan covered with lemon slices

Recipe Tips

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…

whole salmon on a sheet pan with lemon slices and tomatoes, cheese and basil on the side

How to Make Salmon Caprese

Drizzle olive oil on bottom of a sheet pan. Arrange salmon on pan, with top side facing up. Drizzle olive oil over top of salmon.

Mix garlic salt, pepper and paprika together, then sprinkle salmon with mix. Arrange lemon slices on top of salmon.

Sprinkle with chopped green onions. Bake salmon at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. While salmon is baking, slice tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Cook rice as directed on package.

Take salmon out of oven and immediately garnish with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Drizzle balsamic glaze over entire surface of salmon.

a fork taking a bite of seafood.

Serving Suggestions

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.

To serve this beautiful fish, cut into slices and make sure there are plenty of toppings on each slice. Place a bed of rice on each plate and add a slice of salmon on top. Drizzle with extra balsamic glaze and serve.

When you add a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and serve the entire dish over rice, it takes seafood to the next level.

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caprese salmon topped with tomatoes, basil and cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze

Salmon Caprese

The flavor of salmon, combined with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, is absolutely off-the-charts!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 425kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 1 large salmon filet at least 2 pounds
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. green onions chopped
  • 1 cup cherry 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

Instructions

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

Notes

  • 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 fridge to use later.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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9 Comments

  1. 5 Star Restaurant Dish! The flavors are fabulous together, very healthy too. Thanks Debi!

  2. 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!!

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