Pesto Salmon Recipe
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Pesto Salmon Recipe

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A flavorful pesto helps keep the fish moist, and toasted bread crumbs give the entree a nice finishing touch. “I like to use fresh basil from the garden for this easy dish,” notes Lee Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 slice bread
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh parsley
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dash salt
  • Dash coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 406 calories, 25 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 35 g protein.


  1. For pesto, tear bread into pieces; place in a miniature food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs form. Set aside 1 tablespoon. To the remaining bread crumbs, add the basil, parsley, oil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper; cover and process until finely chopped.
  2. Place salmon on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Spread with pesto. Sprinkle with reserved bread crumbs. Bake at 400° for 20-22 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and crumbs are lightly browned. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Salmon in Cooking for 2 Fall 2005, p59

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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