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Grilled Salmon With Pesto Crust


"Start with the great taste of grilled salmon then finish under the broiler to form a crust of homemade pesto. This recipe is easy to make, but tastes and looks like a gourmet meal."
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35 m servings 354 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir pine nuts in the hot skillet until fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Blend basil, Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts, and garlic in a blender until a thick paste forms. Gradually stream olive oil into blender and continue blending until desired consistency of pesto is reached; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper.
  4. Place salmon, skin-side down, onto grill grates; close grill and cook until salmon is about 2/3 done, 8 to 15 minutes. Remove salmon from grill using a spatula and transfer to a baking sheet, skin-side down. Spread pesto evenly over the salmon. Save extra pesto for another use if there are leftovers.
  5. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.
  6. Broil salmon until fish flakes easily with a fork and pesto is bubbling, about 5 minutes.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of pesto. The actual amount consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 354 calories; 25.6 g fat; 1.8 g carbohydrates; 28.3 g protein; 81 mg cholesterol; 174 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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We loved this! It was so simple to get together and the pesto worked perfectly with the salmon. I do think a drizzle of fresh pesto at the end would bring out the flavor even more. I prepar...