You only need five ingredients for this tasty, rich, and satisfying salmon dish ready in under 20 minutes.
Happy Memorial Day!
I feel like Memorial Day is the (unofficial) start of summer, and that means I need easy recipes that require very little work and very little oven/cooking time. This is especially true after an action-packed weekend at the beach when I’m not all that interested in spending a lot of time or brain power to come up with and cook dinner.
That is why I love this Easy Pesto Salmon. It’s incredibly easy with practically no work involved. You just spread some pesto on salmon fillets and pop it in the oven.
You can serve it with whatever veggies and/or grains you like. Brown & wild rice with steamed artichokes were what we served them with because they were already cooked and in the fridge. Other great options that cook in less than 20 minutes are Vegan Creamed Spinach, Sautéed Broccolini, 5 Spice Baby Bok Choy, Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes, Sautéed Green Beans, and Rosemary and Garlic Carrots.
Easy Pesto Salmon requires only a few ingredients: salmon, lemon, salt, pesto, and olive oil. To be honest, I really don’t think the olive oil was necessary and kind of made it a little oily, but it didn’t hurt to have it. I think I would use olive oil if I was using skinless salmon fillets. When using fillets with skin, I’d probably skip the olive oil since the salmon has enough natural oils already in it.
Any pesto will work. I used one that I found in my sister’s pantry because I was too hungry to make my own, but I usually prefer making it myself.
If you have leftover pesto, you should most certainly try out this equally easy pesto pasta.
This recipe is easy to cut in half or multiply. Basically, you just need one tablespoon of pesto, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and one teaspoon of olive oil (if using) per salmon fillet. Oh, and a little sprinkling of salt, too.
So run to the store and grab a few salmon fillets. You probably have all the other ingredients in your kitchen. Then you’ll have this tasty, rich, and satisfying salmon ready in under 20.
Easy Pesto Salmon
What You'll Need:
- 4 tsp olive oil optional
- 4 salmon fillets
- 4 TBSP pesto
- 4 tsp lemon juice
How to Make It:
Preheat the oven to 400*F.
Rub one side of the salmon with olive oil (this step is optional).
Arrange the salmon fillets in a baking dish or baking sheet with the oiled/skin side down.
Rub one tablespoon of pesto over the top of each salmon fillet. Squeeze the lemon juice over pesto. Sprinkle the salmon with salt.
Transfer salmon to preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and broil the salmon for 5-8 minutes until salmon is done and pesto is lightly browned. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes*You can use salmon fillets with or without skin. Place the salmon skin side down in the baking dish. If using salmon with skin, you probably don't need the olive oil. If using skinless salmon, I'd recommend rubbing one side with oil and placing the salmon in the baking sheet oil-side down.