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Southwest Salmon and Sweet Potatoes

by Erika Nicole Kendall
4 5-ounce  fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets
12 ounces  sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut crosswise into 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 teaspoons  olive oil
1/2 teaspoon  dried oregano, crushed
1/2 teaspoon  ground ancho chile pepper or chili powder
1/2 teaspoon  ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper
Nonstick cooking spray
1 medium  orange, peeled and coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels; set aside. In a medium bowl, toss sweet potato slices with oil. In a small bowl, combine oregano, chile pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the oregano mixture evenly on the salmon. Add remaining oregano mixture to sweet potatoes and toss to coat.

Tear off four 18-inch squares of heavy foil. Lightly coat one side of each foil square with nonstick cooking spray. In the center of each foil square, arrange one-fourth of the sweet potato slices, overlapping slightly. Top each sweet potato mound with a salmon fillet and arrange orange pieces atop salmon.

For each packet, bring up two opposite edges of a foil square and seal with a double fold. Fold ends to completely enclose fish and vegetables, leaving space for steam to build. Place the packets, seam sides up, on a very large baking sheet.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork and sweet potatoes are tender. Open the packets carefully when checking doneness. Transfer contents of each packet to a dinner plate.

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Liz April 11, 2011 - 9:47 PM

I loved it! But I added some agave nectar and honey for sweet potato mix. I also dipped the salmon in that mix and then dipped it in the seasoning. I like my food sweet and tangy.

ceej December 27, 2013 - 2:00 AM

Combines my two fave foods: salmon and yams! Question: do you eat the sweet potato skin? I’ve been peeling yams every time I make them and it’s getting tedious. Never occurred to me you could just eat the skin…

Erika Nicole Kendall December 27, 2013 - 11:40 AM

Shoot, I TOTALLY eat the skin.

Tiffani December 28, 2014 - 7:41 PM

Thanks for this recipe Erika. This was delicious

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