Pan Seared Salmon With Lemon Basil Pesto

Recipe by threeovens
READY IN: 20mins
YIELD: 2 fillets




  • 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.