Quick and Easy Pesto With Salmon Dinner Ideas

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.

This is an easy and delicious lunch or a weeknight dinner.
The combination of salmon and pesto is surprisingly good that you will want to go back for seconds.

I recommend using the homemade pesto in this recipe, but I totally get that it’s not always practical or convenient to make it.
There is a lot of pesto you can buy in the supermarket if you are short on time.

This healthy salmon with pesto is good for you all-round.
The Salmon is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and is really good to eat when on a low carb or keto diet.

Where-as Pesto is very healthy because the base ingredient is basil leaves which is a good source of vitamin A, and good for digestion.
It is also anti-inflammatory and supports liver function and helps detoxify the body.

Yield: Yield: 1 Serve

Recipe for Salmon with Pesto

Pesto With Salmon

Salmon steaks taste even better using this recipe for salmon with pesto sauce.

Create your own seasoning for the fillets and a home-made chunky green basil pesto for the perfect marriage of flavours.

Use the serving suggestions for different ideas on mixing texture and flavours to make your meal perfect.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


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:

  • 170g Salmon fillet
  • Salt and black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp dried Thyme
  • ⅛ tsp dried Rosemary


    Pesto Sauce Instructions

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

    Pan Fried Salmon Instructions

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

    Oven Baked Salmon Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400*F.
    2. Season the salmon fillet with all the spices and herbs.
    3. Arrange the salmon fillet in a baking dish or baking sheet with the skin side down.
    4. Rub one tablespoon of pesto over the top of each salmon fillet. Squeeze the lemon juice over pesto. Sprinkle the salmon with salt.
    5. Transfer salmon to preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
    6. Turn the oven to grill/broil and grill/broil the salmon for 5-8 minutes until salmon is done and pesto is lightly browned.
    7. Serve with a slice of lemon.


    What To Serve With Pesto Salmon

    Do you want to add a bit more life to your pesto with salmon?
    Try these serving ideas for flavour variations.

    • Salad;
      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.
    • Vegetables;
      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.
    • Pasta;
      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

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per ServingCalories 684Total Fat 54gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 42gCholesterol 111mgSodium 1402mgCarbohydrates 8gFibre 2gSugar 1gProtein 42g

    "These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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