Basil Haven Pesto Salmon


Experience a culinary delight with our Basil Haven Pesto Salmon! This dish features succulent salmon fillets topped with a rich, aromatic basil pesto. The combination of the fresh, zesty pesto and the tender, flaky salmon creates a harmonious blend of flavors. Perfect for a sophisticated dinner or a healthy, quick meal.

Basil Haven Pesto Salmon

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 salmon fillet

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 380 kcal
  • Total Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 320mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 35g


  • Salmon fillets, skin-on - 4 (about 150 grams or 5.3 ounces each)
  • Fresh basil leaves - 2 cups
  • Pine nuts - ¼ cup
  • Garlic cloves - 2
  • Grated Parmesan cheese - ½ cup
  • Extra-virgin olive oil - ½ cup
  • Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Make the Pesto: In a food processor, combine basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Gradually add olive oil while the processor is running, until the pesto is smooth. Stir in lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the salmon, skin-side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Generously spread the pesto over each fillet.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily.
  8. Optional: Broil for the last 2 minutes for a slightly crispy top.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the salmon is at room temperature before cooking for even doneness.
  • For an extra nutty flavor, lightly toast the pine nuts before using.
  • Substitute pine nuts with walnuts or almonds if desired.
  • Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or a light salad.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use store-bought pesto?

Yes, though homemade pesto gives a fresher taste.

How do I store leftover pesto?

Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can this dish be made in advance?

Prepare the pesto ahead, but bake the salmon just before serving.

Your Basil Haven Pesto Salmon is a dish that's as delightful to the palate as it is to the eyes. The fragrant aroma of basil and the richness of salmon make every bite a luxurious experience. It's a perfect dish to impress your guests or to treat yourself to a gourmet meal at home. Enjoy the fusion of flavors and the simplicity of this exquisite dish!