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Pesto Crusted Salmon

By Jannese Torres @delishdlites

As you’ve seen in my posts earlier this week, I’m a bit obsessed with pesto!  This salmon recipe is another great way to use this super versatile spread.  Pesto crusted salmon is my FAVORITE way to eat this tasty (and good-for-you) fish!  So easy, and so elegant, it’s perfect for a weeknight, or for fancy dinner guests.  Even my dear husband, the DJ, loves this dish, and he HATES salmon.  Despises it, in fact.  So if that’s not a indication that this is a winning dish, well, I don’t know what is.

ingredients
1 pound of boneless & skinless salmon fillets
2 heaping tablespoons Macadamia Nut Pesto (or store-bought)
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
Cooking spray or olive oil mister

directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the salmon into your desired portion sizes.  I cut my salmon into roughly 5 ounce pieces.

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Stir the panko and pesto together, to form a crumbly topping.  It should be the consistency of wet sand.  Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

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Lightly season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides, then coat each piece of salmon with the pesto crumb topping.  Divide the mixture evenly, and use all of it.

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Spray the coated salmon pieces with cooking spray or olive oil.

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Bake the salmon at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.  You want the crumb topping to get nice and golden brown, and the fish to cook through.

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Pesto Crusted Salmon

Pesto Crusted Salmon
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Pesto Crusted Salmon

Serves 3-4

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1lb boneless skinless salmon (cut into 4-5 oz portions)
  • 2 heaped tablespoons homemade or store-bought pesto
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray or oil mister

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Stir the panko and pesto together, to form a crumbly topping. It should be the consistency of wet sand. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

3. Lightly season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides, then coat each piece of salmon with the pesto crumb topping. Divide the mixture evenly, and use all of it.

4. Spray the coated salmon pieces with cooking spray or olive oil. Bake the salmon at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, unti lthe topping is golden brown and the salmon is cooked through.

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