Pan Seared Salmon With Lemon Basil Pesto

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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. To the food processor, add basil and garlic; pulse just to combine.
  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. Add in Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste; pulse to combine; set aside.
  5. Wipe the salmon dry with paper towels (to allow a nice sear), then season lightly with salt and pepper.
  6. Heat the skillet, over medium-high heat, then spray with cooking spray.
  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. Serve salmon with pesto spooned over top.
  9. Can also be served at room temperature.
Most Helpful

5 5

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. :)

4 5

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.