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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.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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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DebbieT User ID: 221944 215729
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

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

Sheila Falk User ID: 3031150 122005
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!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 184707
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Wonderful salmon recipe. Definite keeper."

vwgirl9 User ID: 6542372 213083
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

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

annamariatu User ID: 2868247 184705
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

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

chrisfields User ID: 1006046 138862
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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