Stephan's Broiled Salmon Pesto

Stephan's Broiled Salmon Pesto


"This salmon is coated with a thick layer of pesto, sort of like icing on a cake. The prepared side is then placed under the broiler, and the pesto forms a browned crust. Equally good cold--the entire dish can be made a day in advance for cold service, or the leftovers served cold at lunch the next day. Goes well with rosemary and garlic roasted red potatoes and any green vegetable."


40 m servings 917 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 917 kcal
  • 46%
  • Fat:
  • 67.4 g
  • 104%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.7g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 62.6 g
  • 125%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 164 mg
  • 55%
  • Sodium:
  • 851 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Lightly oil a baking pan large enough to accommodate the fish. Place salmon in pan skin side down. Run finger over flesh to make sure all bones have been removed. Use pliers to pull out any that remain. Squeeze juice of one lemon and white wine over fish. Marinate 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Coat the top side of the fish with thick layer of pesto. It should be between an 1/8th to a 1/4 of an inch thick, and cover the surface of the fish.
  4. Place fish under the broiler about nine inches from heat source. Broil for 8 to 10 minutes per inch of thickness, or until fish flakes and flesh is opaque. Pesto should have formed a heavily browned crust. Remove from the oven, and set aside for a few minutes. Squeeze half of second lemon over fish. Slice remaining lemon half into thin slices. Place lemon slices on individual servings, or arrange on the whole flank if serving at the table.
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  1. 192 Ratings


This was excellent! My husband and neighbors LOVED it! I didnt use nearly as much pesto as suggested I just coated the fillet generously I didnt measure just put on a thick coat. Next time Ill b...

I made this for my boyfriend who loves pesto, and it just didn't do anything for us. Because all of the pesto was on top, we couldn't flip the salmon and the fillets didn't cook all of the way ...

Very nice recipe. I don't think you need that much pesto, especially if you're looking for a healthier dish. It does keep it nice and moist, but the fat content in pesto is insane! Very easy ...

i followed the recipe, but the pesto did not form any kind of crust, and it just came out as a big piece of salmon with pesto smeared over it. i'm not impressed.

Great dish! Just make sure you place the broiler pan at least 8-9" away from the broiler as to not burn the pesto before the fish is cooked.

A different way to eat salmon. Definitely add the garlic roasted red potatoes, adding a little lemon right before serving. Yum.

Elegant and easy!! Will definitely make again. Thanks Stephan

An outstanding recipe, definitely worth repeating. What a wonderful mixture of flavors and textures. pharmboyAK

I am not a fish fan but now I am! This was great and easy.