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Crispy Salmon with Pesto Sauce: Restaurant-Worthy in 30

This recipe for pesto with salmon creates a dish that is moist, healthy, and so flavourful and done in around 30 minutes.
Your salmon fillets can be oven-baked, pan fried or cooked on your barbecue hotplate.

Imagine this: a pan-seared salmon fillet, its golden crust glistening with a touch of olive oil.
Coated with a layer of lush pesto sauce bursting with the vibrant green of fresh herbs and flecks of almond nuts, the dish is a feast for the eyes even before the first bite.

This pesto sauce on salmon is an easy and delicious lunch or a weeknight dinner.

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Recipe for Salmon Pesto

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Indulge in a restaurant-worthy dish with this recipe for crispy salmon topped with flavourful pesto sauce. Elevate your cooking skills and impress your guests with this delicious and easy-to-make meal.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 person
Calories 684 kcal


  • Food processor
  • Tongs
  • Frying pan or skillet, if pan frying.
  • Oven with grill/broiler, if oven baking.
  • Baking dish or baking sheet, if oven baking.


Pesto Sauce Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and black pepper

Ingredients For Salmon:

  • 170 g Salmon fillet
  • Salt and black pepper
  • tsp dried Thyme
  • tsp dried Rosemary


Pesto Sauce Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients in the food processor.
  • Pulse on high until everything is coarsely chopped, about 1 minute.
  • Set aside.

Pan Fried Salmon Instructions

  • Season the salmon fillet with all the spices and herbs.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and add olive oil.
  • Add the salmon to the skillet, skin down first. This can also be done on your Barbecue hotplate.
    Cook for a few minutes.
  • Flip the salmon carefully and continue cooking until thoroughly cooked.
  • Serve with a slice of lemon.

Oven Baked Salmon Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400℉).
  • Season the salmon fillet with all the spices and herbs.
  • Arrange the salmon fillet in a baking dish or baking sheet with the skin side down.
  • Rub one tablespoon of pesto over the top of each salmon fillet. Squeeze the lemon juice over pesto. Sprinkle the salmon with salt.
  • Transfer salmon to preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the oven to grill/broil and grill/broil the salmon for 5-8 minutes until salmon is done and pesto is lightly browned.
  • Serve with a slice of lemon.



What is the Best Side Dish for Salmon Pesto?

Elevate your dining experience with the perfect side dish for Salmon Pesto by exploring different pairings and options that complement the flavours of this delicious dish.
Try these serving ideas for flavour variations.
A light and healthy salad like Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons would pair wonderfully with this pesto salmon.
Potato or Rice;
Serve the salmon over a bed of Cold Rice Salad or Potato Salad are two yummy choices.
Add more vegetables to your meal by serving a side of Spinach and feta pie then Boil some Chat or baby potatoes and Saute some carrots to have with your salmon.
Serve it with angel hair pasta (lightly tossed with fresh herbs and olive oil), a basic spring mix salad with vinegarette, and a crusty, hearty garlic bread
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3 thoughts on “Crispy Salmon with Pesto Sauce: Restaurant-Worthy in 30

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is so simple. We had friends over and had it on the bbq for lunch, it got some good comments

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