Published Apr 2nd
Prep 15m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 35m
Servings 4 servings Calories 354.3

Start with the great taste of grilled salmon then finish under the broiler to form a crust of homemade pesto. This recipe is easy to make, but tastes and looks like a gourmet meal.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound salmon fillet

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir pine nuts in the hot skillet until fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Blend basil, Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts, and garlic in a blender until a thick paste forms. Gradually stream olive oil into blender and continue blending until desired consistency of pesto is reached; season with salt and pepper.
  3. 3 Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper.
  4. 4 Place salmon, skin-side down, onto grill grates; close grill and cook until salmon is about 2/3 done, 8 to 15 minutes. Remove salmon from grill using a spatula and transfer to a baking sheet, skin-side down. Spread pesto evenly over the salmon. Save extra pesto for another use if there are leftovers.
  5. 5 Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.
  6. 6 Broil salmon until fish flakes easily with a fork and pesto is bubbling, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 354.3
  • Carbohydrate 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol 81.4 mg
  • Fat 25.6 g
  • Fiber 0.5 g
  • Protein 28.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.6 g
  • Sodium 174.3 mg
  • Sugar 0.3 g

Chef's Notes

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of pesto. The actual amount consumed will vary.
PESTO CRUSTED SALMON SERVES: 4 PREP TIME: 10 MINS TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN Ingredients * 1.5 lb of Atlantic salmon, fresh ...


  1. It was good. Just as a personal preference it wasn t my favorite taste for salmon
  2. We loved this! It was so simple to get together and the pesto worked perfectly with the salmon. I do think a drizzle of fresh pesto at the end would bring out the flavor even more. I prepared exactly as the recipe stated, but, I broiled the salmon instead of grilling since it was a - Read more ...

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