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Pesto Salmon

Ingredients


4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets or a large 1 1/2 pound fillet, wild caught if possible
Olive oil, for brushing
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for brining
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons basil pesto (homemade preferable)
1 tablespoon toasted and chopped pine nuts
A few grates of lemon zest, for garnish

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Brine the salmon: While the oven preheats, in a shallow dish stir together 4 cups room temperature water and 3 tablespoons kosher saltuntil it dissolves. Place the salmon in the water and wait for 15 minutes (this should be about the time it takes to preheat).

3. Bake: Rub the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the pan. Sprinkle the salmon with 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt for each of the 4 fillets and fresh ground pepper. Cover pan with foil and bake the salmon for 10 minutes. Then remove the foil bake again for 3 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center). A 1-inch thick fillet should cook in about 15 minutes total.

4. Serve: When the salmon is done, spoon the pesto over the salmon. Sprinkle it with chopped pine nuts and if desired, a bit of lemon zest. Serve immediately. (Leftovers can be stored refrigerated for 3 to 4 days.)

Pesto Salmon

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 272 Per Serving

Meal Type

Nutrition Facts

Carbohydrates: .7g | Total Fat: 12.8g | Protein: 28.5g | Sugar: .2g | Fiber: .2g

Applied Diet Types

  • Gluten Free

Ingredients


4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets or a large 1 1/2 pound fillet, wild caught if possible
Olive oil, for brushing
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for brining
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons basil pesto (homemade preferable)
1 tablespoon toasted and chopped pine nuts
A few grates of lemon zest, for garnish

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Brine the salmon: While the oven preheats, in a shallow dish stir together 4 cups room temperature water and 3 tablespoons kosher saltuntil it dissolves. Place the salmon in the water and wait for 15 minutes (this should be about the time it takes to preheat).

3. Bake: Rub the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the pan. Sprinkle the salmon with 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt for each of the 4 fillets and fresh ground pepper. Cover pan with foil and bake the salmon for 10 minutes. Then remove the foil bake again for 3 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center). A 1-inch thick fillet should cook in about 15 minutes total.

4. Serve: When the salmon is done, spoon the pesto over the salmon. Sprinkle it with chopped pine nuts and if desired, a bit of lemon zest. Serve immediately. (Leftovers can be stored refrigerated for 3 to 4 days.)
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