Sunday, February 13, 2011

Baked Stuffed Salmon, Brown Rice, and Easy Baked Asparagus

Are your ready?  Are you asking yourself, "What do I cook for Valentine's Day?"  No need to fret!  How about a delicious stuffed salmon?  Are you ready for him to be impressed? 

       Photo: Matt    Food Styling: Jason


Baked Stuffed Salmon

3 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Salt and ground black pepper to season
¼ cup butter or extra light olive oil
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped onion
4 slices soft crust less bread,
   ripped into small pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400o

To prepare fish, melt two tablespoons butter in a medium size bowl.  Dip salmon in butter and then lightly season with salt and pepper.   Slit an opening lengthwise down the side of each fish.  Make the opening deep enough for stuffing to be put inside.  Place in a baking dish and set aside. 

                                                                                Photo: Matt

In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt ¼ cup butter or heat olive oil.  Add celery and onion.  Sauté until tender.  Stir in all the remaining ingredients- bread, salt, thyme, and pepper.  Cook in skillet until bread has been moistened by butter or olive oil.  Let stuffing cool for a couple of minutes. 

Stuff each fish opening until fillets are evenly stuffed.  Do not worry about fitting stuffing completely into the fish opening.  Bake for 13-18 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

                                                                          Photo: Matt

Recommended Side dishes

Side Dish ~ Brown Rice

1 medium onion, chopped
½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1½ cups uncooked brown rice
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

In a medium size saucepan, sauté onion and mushrooms in oil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until lightly browned.  Add rice to pan, and stir until rice begins to lightly brown.  Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 35-40 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Side Dish ~ Easy Baked Asparagus


1½ pounds asparagus spears
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450o.

Cut off and discard the woody base from the asparagus. 

Coat the bottom of an oven-safe baking dish or a cookie sheet with olive oil.  Roll asparagus on the bottom of the dish to coat with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 15 minutes.


  1. YUM! I can't wait to try this...but maybe not on Valentine's Day since my husband isn't a big fan of salmon. However, I made the crusted salmon recipe you gave me and he actually liked that! I have hope for this recipe. Me, on the other hand, I love everything you make!

  2. Wow, I never seen stuffed salmon before. I love salmon...will have to give the recipe a try!