Pesto Grilled Salmon Recipe
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Pesto Grilled Salmon Recipe

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Buttery, colorful and flaky, this rich and impressive salmon will be a family favorite in moments. Five smart ingredients, and you’ll have just the leftovers you need for tomorrow night’s pasta dish. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 salmon fillet (3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked salmon: 262 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (trace sugars, trace fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges:3 lean meat, 3 fat

Directions

  1. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Place salmon skin side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the pesto, onions, lemon juice and garlic. Carefully spoon some of the pesto mixture over salmon. Grill 15-20 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting occasionally with remaining pesto mixture. Yield: 12 servings.
Glazed Asian Salmon: Replace the basting ingredients with 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon each crushed red pepper flakes and ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil. Grill and baste salmon as directed.

Herbed Salmon: Place salmon on double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Mix 1/2 cup softened butter with 1/4 cup each minced fresh chives, tarragon and thyme; spread over salmon. Top with 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and 1 thinly sliced lemon. Seal foil and grill 20-25 minutes. Open carefully to allow steam to escape.
Originally published as Pesto Grilled Salmon in Simple & Delicious August/September 2012, p21

Full-Bodied White Wine

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


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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Put it on a wood plank. Best salmon ever."

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"The MOST AMAZING flavour!! My kids were raving about it and they asked me to share this recipe with everyone we know so if we are invited out, they'll make it for us at their house! No leftovers and I made a large fillet for our family of five. Next time I'd like to try two fillets just so I get leftovers to try the pasta recipe. Only changes I made were that I didn't have fresh green onion or garlic so I added those spices to the pesto also with some lemon dill spice, and bit more lemon juice to make a nice paste and placed sliced lemon on the salmon while grilling right after adding the pesto mixture. A quick and easy meal for a quick weeknight dinner, but delicious enough to serve when company comes!"

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Wonderful salmon recipe. Definite keeper."

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Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"We grilled it in foil so it wouldn't stick. Came out beautifully."

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Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"Just delicious. I have made it with salmon and other types of fish. I will make it again and again!"

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