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Pesto Salmon

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


2 servings

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.
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  • 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)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. 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, uncovered, until fish flakes easily with a fork and crumbs are lightly browned, 20-22 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

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

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