Baked Salmon with Pesto

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DK Salmon with Pesto


  • 4 6oz. salmon fillets (skin off pin bones removed)
  • 2 Cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan or Romano cheese  
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 T. fresh chopped garlic
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. In a food processor, pulse several times, the basil, pine nuts and cheese.
  2. Leave processor on and slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.
  3. You will need to stop and scrape the side a few times.
  4. When you have a fairly smooth paste, add a small amount of salt and pepper to taste.
  5. On a lightly greased baking pan, place the salmon a few inches apart.
  6. Spread about two Tablespoons of the pesto on the salmon fillets.
  7. Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 12 to 16 minutes, depending on thickness.
  8. Let stand for two minutes, remove from pan with a spatula and serve.

This works well as a reheat or served chilled with a salad.