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Pesto Grilled Salmon

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


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


  • Place salmon skin side down on lightly oiled grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the pesto, onions, lemon juice and garlic. Carefully spoon some of the pesto mixture over salmon. Grill until fish flakes easily with a fork, 15-20 minutes longer, basting occasionally with remaining pesto mixture.
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.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked salmon: 262 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 fat.

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  • kmpatch
    Jul 19, 2020

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  • asaan
    Oct 7, 2017

    I like your recipe its amazing.

  • DebbieT
    Dec 23, 2014

    Put it on a wood plank. Best salmon ever.

  • Sheila Falk
    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!

  • justmbeth
    Feb 22, 2013

    Wonderful salmon recipe. Definite keeper.

  • vwgirl9
    Sep 15, 2012

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

  • annamariatu
    Aug 21, 2012

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

  • chrisfields
    Aug 8, 2012

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