Salmon with Pesto


Here, sizzling seared salmon is topped with a light and flavorful herb pesto.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 403
Fat 26g
Saturated fat 5g
Carbohydrates 20g
Sodium 1181mg
Fiber 5g
Protein 24g
Cholesterol 70mg

Salmon with Pesto

2 fillets
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 TB. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 TB. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 TB. toasted pine nuts
  • [1/4] cup plus 2 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 (6-oz.) salmon fillets
  • [1/2] medium lemon


In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, pulse basil, garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, [1/2] teaspoon salt, and [1/2] teaspoon black pepper 15 times.

Add Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and [1/4] cup extra-virgin olive oil, and pulse 15 more times. Set aside.

Set salmon fillets on a plate. Drizzle both sides with remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and season with remaining [1/2] teaspoon salt and remaining [1/2] teaspoon black pepper.

In a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add salmon, and cook for 5 minutes per side.

Place salmon on a serving plate, spoon 2 tablespoons pesto over each piece, and serve warm.

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