Pan Seared Salmon and Scallops with Macadamia-Cilantro Pesto


Try to get wild Alaskan king salmon if it's in season. But any salmon will do, just make sure it's fresh. However, if there are no good quality scallops available, just omit them.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • ½ cup unsalted macadamia nut pieces

  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

  • ½ cup chopped green onions

  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • ¾ cup macadamia nut oil, or more as needed

  • Kosher salt to taste

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 8 (6 ounce) salmon fillets, with skin

  • 16 large (U-10) scallops, tendon removed

  • kosher salt to taste


  1. Prepare macadamia-cilantro pesto by placing macadamia nuts, cilantro, green onion, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and macadamia nut oil into the bowl of a blender. Puree until smooth, adding more oil if needed; season to taste with kosher salt.

  2. Heat two very large skillets over medium-high heat with two tablespoons of oil each until smoking. Season the salmon and scallops to taste with kosher salt. Sear salmon fillets, meat-side down, until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes. Flip over, and cook on the skin-side 5 minutes to desired doneness. Place seared salmon onto serving plates, then sear the scallops until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

  3. To serve, spoon some of the macadamia-cilantro pesto over the salmon, and garnish with two seared scallop pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

530 Calories
39g Fat
5g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 530
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 51%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 96mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 799mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.