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Grilled Pesto-Topped Salmon Recipe

With just two ingredients and about 20 minutes, this Grilled Pesto-Topped Salmon recipe can be on your table. It’s delicious with a big tossed salad.

Whenever I interview a food personality, I try to slip in a question about their go-to items in their pantry and fridge. It’s always so interesting to hear what people say.

Of course, it’s only fair that I answer the question myself too.

Here it goes …

In my freezer, there are a few things you will always find: shrimp (both cooked and uncooked ones!), super sweet corn, peas, ground beef, gyoza and … salmon. I buy frozen wild-caught filets whenever they go on sale.

One grocery store here sells salmon filets individually wrapped and sealed, which makes them ultra-easy to grab and defrost for a meal, whether it’s a lunch for one or a dinner for four.

That was exactly what I did tonight for dinner.

This Grilled Pesto-Topped Salmon recipe is as easy as it comes. With just two ingredients, it takes minutes to prep and only about 15 minutes to cool. It doesn’t get much easier. The bold, bright pesto lends so much lovely flavor to the salmon.

Plus, salmon is so, so good for you — hair, skin and all.

Serve this with a green salad and pasta.

Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Pesto-Topped Salmon Recipe

Grilled Pesto-Topped Salmon Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 lb salmon filets
  • 1/4 cup pesto


  1. Prepare your grill for grilling. If using gas, preheat the grill to its medium setting.
  2. Place the salmon filets on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes on the first side. Flip and divide the pesto evenly among the filets, spreading to coat. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, until cooked through. It should flake easily with a fork.
  3. Serve.


Monday 23rd of July 2012

Had this for dinner tonight - amazing. It was one of those meals that you wish would never end...yum!

The Teacher Cooks

Thursday 8th of July 2010

How easy! I love salmon and pesto, but never had them together. It has to be delicious .-= The Teacher Cooks´s last blog ..Crispy Skin Salmon with Fresh Orange Juice =-.

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