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Pesto Salmon

This 15-minute pesto salmon recipe is packed with garlic pesto butter and lemon juice. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked pesto salmon, pesto salmon, pesto salmon recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 544kcal
Author Dina from simplyhomecooked.com


  • 4 tbsp Basil Pesto
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 garlic clove zested
  • 4 7oz salmon fillets
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice


  • In a bowl combine the basil pesto, softened butter, and zested garlic using a fork.
  • Like a baking sheet with foil and lay the salmon fillets on top. Generously season with salt and pepper and squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on top. (About 1/4 tsp per fillet)
  • Scoop out the butter pesto using a cookie
  • scoop and place 2 scoops on each fillet.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 10 minutes.



How to make it healthier
If you want to make it healthier, you can swap the butter for olive oil, but it will need to be drizzled instead of scooped onto the salmon fillets.
Make it with a whole salmon fillet
You can easily make this pesto salmon recipe with a full salmon fillet. Just spread all of the pesto butter on top of the entire fillet.


Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 972mg | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.7mg