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4-Ingredient Creamy Pesto Salmon – Recipe!

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When it comes to cooking, a good sauce really makes a difference.  I am a believer that sauce can turn anyone into a lover of almost any type of food, especially if you cover it in delicious sauce.  One of the things I always say around my house is that it’s always “About the Sauce.”  So, whether you have picky eaters in your family, or you are just trying to change up the same old weeknight menu, you should try this salmon recipe.

Creamy pesto is basically adding fresh pesto sauce into a bit of heavy cream to make one of the most luscious sauces out there.  What makes this sauce so delightful is that it’s decadent, luscious and flat-out delicious, and if you want your meal to really appeal to the eaters in your household, this sauce is the way to go.

Searing salmon in a skillet first is simple enough, and then plunging it into a whirlpool of greenish wonder will be a game changer.  Even the people who say they don’t like fish, will suddenly indulge.  You can serve it straight from the skillet because the contrasting colors are so amazing and you don’t want anyone to miss it.

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4 salmon fillets, about 5 ounces each

1 cup pesto sauce, homemade or store-bought

1/2 cup heavy cream

pinch of salt

Parmesan cheese for dusting


(Serves 4)

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To Prepare:

  1. In a skillet, add 1 teaspoon of oil and place over medium heat.  Place salmon fillets, face down and cook for 3 minutes, flip and continue cooking for 4-6 minutes, depending upon how you prefer your internal temperature of fish.
  2. Remove salmon and set aside.  Dump out any oil in pan and wipe with a paper towel.  Add pesto, cream and salt to skillet and place over medium-low heat.  Whisk until smooth and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add cooked salmon back into pan and spoon sauce over top.  Cook for 1 minute and serve.  Enjoy!




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  • Reply Jill G. November 9, 2021 at 6:20 am

    We froze pesto from this summer’s basil and I’ve been wondering what the best way to use it would be. This is perfect! I’m just about to get a bunch of salmon (https://lummiislandwild.com/our-seafood/6-oz-reefnet-wild-coho-salmon/) and I’ll definitely try this recipe out.

    • Reply genabell December 23, 2021 at 8:20 am

      sounds like a great plan. You can toss pasta with pesto or spoon it over chicken or any seafood, including shrimp!

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