You won’t believe how delicious this Pesto Salmon tastes! Try it with my Mom’s pesto!
Leave it to Costco to inspire me to make Pesto Salmon.
It’s become our routine to pick up a foil pan of raw salmon topped with pesto butter (to bake later) during our bimonthly trips for paper products and other necessities. It got me thinking about how good salmon would taste with Mom’s Pesto with Pecorino Romano.
Because nobody’s pesto tastes better than Mom’s. She makes it with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan, Pecorino and usually skips the expensive pignoli (pine nuts). If you haven’t tried her recipe yet, you’d best get moving on that.
I even updated the photos for Mom’s pesto today. Because pesto’s not supposed to be blue. (Lordy, how far I’ve come with photography.)
To make this salmon — which is impressive, company worthy and approved by Mom — you’ll need fresh pesto, pepper and cooking spray. That’s it.
You can add a slice of lemon for garnish, but it’s not needed for flavor. You don’t want to overpower the pesto.
You’ll place the salmon on a foil- or parchment-lined sheet pan. Tip: If parts of the salmon filet are very thin compared to the rest, cut off the thin pieces and bake them for five minutes less than the others.
You’ll spray the salmon with a little oil, then sprinkle on some black pepper. Next, you’ll dollop two tablespoons of pesto onto each piece of salmon. I use my tablespoon scoop (affiliate link) to make it easier.
Then, you’ll bake your salmon at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, pulling out the thinner pieces early. Finally, you’ll spread the pesto onto the fish.
Tip: Don’t spread the pesto on the salmon until after it’s baked. This will give your salmon a vibrant green topping.
What to Serve with Pesto Salmon
I love to serve this pesto salmon with boiled redskin potatoes…with a little pesto, butter, salt and pepper stirred in. Yum! Add The Best Italian Green Salad with Homemade Dressing, and you’ve got a fabulous meal.
Or…wait for it…you can serve this Pesto Salmon over pasta! Farfalle (butterfly-shaped pasta) would work well.
Just make this Pesto Salmon. I hope you love it as much as my family does!
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C)