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Basil Salmon Recipe
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Basil Salmon Recipe

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Homemade pesto adds instant flair to these tasty salmon fillets. While they bake in the oven, you can assemble the simple green salad.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 4 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 205 calories, 18 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 223 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 10 g protein.

Directions

  1. For pesto, combine the basil, oil, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, salt and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped.
  2. Place the salmon in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread 2 tablespoons pesto over fillets. (Cover and refrigerate remaining pesto for another use.)
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-22 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil Salmon in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 205 calories, 18 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 223 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 10 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2008

This is one of our favorite ways to prepare salmon. When basil isn't in season, we'll cheat and use prepared pesto. It's delicious!

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