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.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

530.3 calories; 39.4 g protein; 5.4 g carbohydrates; 90.2 mg cholesterol; 267.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2008
I had very high hopes for this recipe because it sounded SO good and I followed it to a "T". I think this recipe should just be listed with the pesto on it's own. I think I would've liked the pesto better on another type of protein. Perhaps a seared beef on some orrechiette pasta. Really you could use the Pesto on anything. I would make a couple changes to it though. Unfortunately I couldn't find macadamia oil and I wish I had because I think it really is essential to this recipe. There was something about the raw taste of the garlic that I didn't enjoy (and I LOVE garlic)...next time maybe I would use garlic powder or roasted garlic. But overall Thanks for the recipe...it really was an amazing combination of flavors...so many flavors! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2012
The salmon tasted divine - yumm!! The pesto was over-powered by the lemon juice & zest so going to try it with only a squeeze of lemon juice next time. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2008
I had very high hopes for this recipe because it sounded SO good and I followed it to a "T". I think this recipe should just be listed with the pesto on it's own. I think I would've liked the pesto better on another type of protein. Perhaps a seared beef on some orrechiette pasta. Really you could use the Pesto on anything. I would make a couple changes to it though. Unfortunately I couldn't find macadamia oil and I wish I had because I think it really is essential to this recipe. There was something about the raw taste of the garlic that I didn't enjoy (and I LOVE garlic)...next time maybe I would use garlic powder or roasted garlic. But overall Thanks for the recipe...it really was an amazing combination of flavors...so many flavors! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2008
I had very high hopes for this recipe because it sounded SO good and I followed it to a "T". I think this recipe should just be listed with the pesto on it's own. I think I would've liked the pesto better on another type of protein. Perhaps a seared beef on some orrechiette pasta. Really you could use the Pesto on anything. I would make a couple changes to it though. Unfortunately I couldn't find macadamia oil and I wish I had because I think it really is essential to this recipe. There was something about the raw taste of the garlic that I didn't enjoy (and I LOVE garlic)...next time maybe I would use garlic powder or roasted garlic. But overall Thanks for the recipe...it really was an amazing combination of flavors...so many flavors! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2011
I was hesitant about making a pesto that was not the traditional basil/parmesan pesto - but WOW this pesto was incredibly refreshing and delightful. I wanted the salmon to have more flavour so I added a pinch of black pepper thyme garlic powder and oregano before searing it. I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil to sear the salmon and scallops b/c it has a higher smoke rate. I really enjoyed this recipe!!! I found that using a microplane grater w/ the ginger was extremely beneficial. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2009
Pretty good! I made some changes - I used shrimp instead of scallops and served it all with linguine and halved cherry tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2008
Very tasty fast and easy to make. The cilantro-maca pesto is a recipe worth knowing on its own. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2008
This is a 'Winner' recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2009
Very tasty. I didn t use ginger in the pesto and it was delicious too. I agree you may use this pesto on anything. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2009
Used the pesto on salmon. Skipped the ginger and poached the garlic to cut the sharpness. Delicious! Would be great on many proteins or pasta. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2013
This salmon was flaky and flavorful. I seasoned with salt pepper and garlic powder. I couldn't get the large scallops so I used a bag of frozen mini scallops (thawed) instead. I just sauteed them in one of the pans with a little salt and garlic powder. Unfortunately I used up ingredients making the pesto because my family didn't like it at all but I think it was worth the try. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2012
The salmon tasted divine - yumm!! The pesto was over-powered by the lemon juice & zest so going to try it with only a squeeze of lemon juice next time. Read More
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