Quick and Easy Roasted Salmon with Pesto Recipe

Quick and Easy Roasted Salmon with Pesto Recipe

  • Makes: 2-3 Servings
  • Ready In: 20 mins
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15-18 mins

No time to cook tonight?  Here is a  family meal that you can assemble on the fly, Roast Salmon with Pesto. There is hardly a better way to enjoy pesto.  The garlic herb flavor of the spread contrasts beautifully with the fresh salmon, while the oil from the pesto prevents the fish from drying out in the oven.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 420
  • Fat: 21g
  • Protein: 50g
  • Sodium: 111mg


  1. 2 T. Homemade Pesto or store bought pesto if you don't have any on hand
    16 oz. Salmon (figure 6-8oz. per person)


    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
    2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, this is immensely helpful with easy clean-up.
    3. Rinse salmon briefly under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
    4. Spread pesto evenly over the salmon and place on the baking sheet. Roast for 15-18 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and no longer pink inside. Serve immediately.

    Variation: If you don't have pesto on hand simply cover the salmon with a layer of creme fraiche, that will keep in the moisture and flavor of the salmon you don't want to lose when roasting in the oven.

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