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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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir pine nuts in the hot skillet until fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes.

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  • 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.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper.

  • 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.

  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; protein 28.3g 57% DV; carbohydrates 1.8g 1% DV; fat 25.6g 39% DV; cholesterol 81.4mg 27% DV; sodium 174.3mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2015
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 prepared exactly as the recipe stated but I broiled the salmon instead of grilling since it was a drizzly day. I will definitely be making this one again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2015
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 prepared exactly as the recipe stated but I broiled the salmon instead of grilling since it was a drizzly day. I will definitely be making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2019
It was good. Just as a personal preference it wasn t my favorite taste for salmon Read More
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