This is a salmon fillet served with a fresh pesto on top. You could use a store-bought pesto if you like, but homemade is so much better and so easy to do.
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1 cup fresh basil leaf, packed
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes (I use a generous pinch)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 12 ounces salmon fillets (2, 6-oz each)
- cooking spray
- Heat a dry skillet, over medium heat, and lightly toast pine nuts (gently toss and shake pan occasionally); then place in a food processor.
- To the food processor, add basil and garlic; pulse just to combine.
- With processor running, drizzle in olive oil, and process, scraping down sides once or twice with a rubber spatula, to desired consistency (I like it sort of chunky).
- Add in Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste; pulse to combine; set aside.
- Wipe the salmon dry with paper towels (to allow a nice sear), then season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Heat the skillet, over medium-high heat, then spray with cooking spray.
- Cook salmon about 4 minutes per side or to desired doneness (I like it a little pinkish in the center since it will continue cooking a little when removed from the pan).
- Serve salmon with pesto spooned over top.
- Can also be served at room temperature.
As with the other reviewer, I've never combined salmon with pesto before. Very nice. I used my own homemade pesto, but added the lemon juice. I also baked the salmon, as I have a difficult time flipping fish so it doesn't fall apart. :)
A very nice recipe. I cheated a little bit and used the last of some store-made pesto then added some lovely basil from the garden, along with the lemon and red pepper. I've never really thought of basil/pesto with salmon, but it worked together well. Mr Grumpy was not so enthusiastic, but he does not always like change.