Pesto Crusted Salmon

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I think I’m a bit obsessed with pesto!  This pesto crusted salmon recipe is another great way to use this super versatile spread.

Pesto Crusted Salmon | Delish D'Lites

 Pesto crusted salmon is my FAVORITE way to eat this tasty (and good-for-you) fish!  So easy, and so elegant, it’s perfect for a weeknight, or for fancy dinner guests.  Even my dear husband loves this dish, and he HATES salmon.  Despises it, in fact.  So if that’s not a indication that this is a winning dish, well, I don’t know what is.

Pesto Crusted Salmon | Delish D'Lites

You can also use this recipe for your favorite protein, this would be great on steelhead trout. shrimp or even thinly sliced chicken breasts.  I always have some frozen pesto in the fridge, it’s great for so many things. Stir a spoonful into mashed potatoes for a zesty twist.  Toss some hot pasta with pesto for a delicious herb-y dish. The possibilities are endless!

ingredients

1 pound of boneless & skinless salmon fillets
2 heaping tablespoons Macadamia Nut Pesto (or store-bought)
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
Cooking spray or olive oil mister

directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the salmon into your desired portion sizes.  I cut my salmon into roughly 5 ounce pieces.DSC_0302

Stir the panko and pesto together, to form a crumbly topping.  It should be the consistency of wet sand.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

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Lightly season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides, then coat each piece of salmon with the pesto crumb topping.  Divide the mixture evenly, and use all of it.

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Spray the coated salmon pieces with cooking spray or olive oil and pop them into your preheated oven.

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Bake the salmon at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.  You want the crumb topping to get nice and golden brown, and the fish to cook through.

Pesto Crusted Salmon | Delish D'Lites

Pesto Crusted Salmon | Delish D'Lites
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Pesto Crusted Salmon

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of boneless & skinless salmon fillets cut into 4 oz. portions
  • 2 heaping tablespoons pesto
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray or olive oil mister

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Stir the panko and pesto together, to form a crumbly topping. It should be the consistency of wet sand. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides, then coat each piece of salmon with the pesto crumb topping. Divide the mixture evenly, and use all of it.
  4. Spray the coated salmon pieces with cooking spray or olive oil. Bake the salmon at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until the topping is golden brown and the salmon is cooked through.

Pesto Crusted Salmon

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7 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Hi! This recipe looks delicious! I was planning on making the exact dish for my sister in law’s birthday dinner on Saturday!

    Thanks,

    Cleopatra.

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