Rating: 4 stars
4 Ratings
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This easy pesto salmon is the perfect choice for a fresh and light summertime meal.

Recipe by Cooking Light April 2001


Credit: Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir

Recipe Summary

2 servings (serving size: 1 salmon fillet and 1/3 cup rice)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°.

  • Place the first 6 ingredients in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Spoon 3 tablespoons pesto into bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with the salmon fillets, and spread with the remaining pesto.

  • Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with rice.

Chef's Notes

As one CL reader said --"We grow basil on our porch and are always looking for tasty new ways to use it. I created this dish on a whim to try and get my husband to eat salmon. I succeeded: He loved it, and now he even requests it on occasion. The salmon tastes wonderful served with grilled or steamed vegetables."

Nutrition Facts

443 calories; calories from fat 45%; fat 22.1g; saturated fat 3.5g; mono fat 12g; poly fat 4.4g; protein 38.7g; carbohydrates 20.6g; fiber 3.1g; cholesterol 111mg; iron 3.2mg; sodium 483mg; calcium 96mg.