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Pesto Grilled Salmon Recipe

Pesto Grilled Salmon Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Pesto Grilled Salmon

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

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

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!"

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Wonderful salmon recipe. Definite keeper."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

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

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

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

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2012

"This was delicious and quick. Used my own pesto, had the pasta recipe 2 days later, that was fabulous too!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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