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    Pan Seared Salmon With Lemon Basil Pesto

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    threeovens's Note:

    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.

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 2

    Yield:

    fillets

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Heat a dry skillet, over medium heat, and lightly toast pine nuts (gently toss and shake pan occasionally); then place in a food processor.
    2. 2
      To the food processor, add basil and garlic; pulse just to combine.
    3. 3
      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).
    4. 4
      Add in Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste; pulse to combine; set aside.
    5. 5
      Wipe the salmon dry with paper towels (to allow a nice sear), then season lightly with salt and pepper.
    6. 6
      Heat the skillet, over medium-high heat, then spray with cooking spray.
    7. 7
      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).
    8. 8
      Serve salmon with pesto spooned over top.
    9. 9
      Can also be served at room temperature.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 19, 2012

      55

      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. :)

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    • on July 13, 2012

      45

      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pan Seared Salmon With Lemon Basil Pesto

    Serving Size: 1 (256 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 630.9
     
    Calories from Fat 447
    70%
    Total Fat 49.6 g
    76%
    Saturated Fat 8.1 g
    40%
    Cholesterol 88.4 mg
    29%
    Sodium 319.6 mg
    13%
    Total Carbohydrate 4.7 g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    4%
    Sugars 1.0 g
    4%
    Protein 42.5 g
    85%

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