Baked Salmon with Dijon Basil Pesto gets a new flavor from this exquisite sauce. Easy to make and ready in minutes, this salmon with dijon basil pesto is SO incredibly delicious, that you’re sure to make it a regular dish in your household!
The Idea of Baking Salmon with Pesto…
A few weeks ago, I tasted this salmon dish at a food-tasting event and it was so amazing that I couldn’t get it off my mind. Because I make salmon often, I was curious to see if I could come up with this dish with those amazing flavors.
I remembered the ingredients were few and simple. But after a few attempts, I finally came up with my version and was very pleased with the results! Making salmon with zesty, tangy flavors turned out to be fabulous.
Simple Ingredients Needed for this recipe…
Six ingredients for this salmon recipe.
- Dijon mustard
- basil pesto sauce
- lemon juice
- salt and pepper
Salmon can be easily found in all supermarkets, and fish markets and are also available frozen. If you buy frozen salmon, you will need to defrost the fillets completely before baking.
The sauce that goes over the salmon is a simple mixture made with 3 ingredients:
basil pesto sauce
and lemon juice
This combination tastes amazing! I am even tempted to put it on baked chicken breasts.
Having fresh basil pesto sauce on hand is essential, I prefer homemade in most of my recipes. It tastes so much better and has that freshness that no jar could ever provide.
And the most important reason is that our daughter is allergic to nuts. While almost every jar brand of pesto sauce on the market contains at least one or more assorted nuts, that limits me to making my pesto sauce.
Baked Salmon is one of the easiest dishes you can prepare and bake!
The Dijon basil pesto mixture is spooned over the salmon before it bakes. No need to wait or marinate it. Just spread the mixture on and into the oven it goes!
As you may already know, salmon is a fish that usually cooks up very quickly.
Therefore, you will only need to bake it for 15 minutes or so, depending on how you prefer your salmon cooked, rare, medium, or well done. Then serve it with a side dish.
I served it with my favorite Easy Kale Quinoa Salad. The two are perfect together.
You’ll love this tangy flavorful sauce that covers the top of the salmon. It turned out SO good, it becomes addicting.
What do we need to make this baked salmon with Dijon basil pesto?
With this easy recipe, you will need ONE Baking pan, one small bowl for mixing, and some salt and black pepper to season the salmon.
I used Himalayan pink salt, but you can use sea salt as well.
This is one of those “one-pan” quick and easy recipes you’ll love to make! Not to mention, the clean-up is easy too!
Your family will love this delicious baked salmon with Dijon basil pesto sauce.
This is such a delicious dish, I bet you will make this salmon recipe again. It’s a winner. You may want to double the recipe for more servings in the future.
Serve it warm, or you can even serve this salmon dish cold over a green leafy salad!
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- 1 large salmon fillet, or 2 to 4 smaller ones (about 1 pound to 1.5 Ibs.) - skin removed
- 1/4 cup basil-pesto sauce
- 1 + 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 of lemon - juiced
- 1/4 tsp. Himalayan (pink) salt, or sea salt
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- extra lemon wedges, for serving
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (190. degrees C)
- Line baking pan with a sheet of foil wrap.
- Season the salmon with salt and black pepper and transfer onto the baking sheet.
- Combine basil pesto sauce with Dijon mustard and lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Spoon over salmon evenly with the basil mixture.
- BAKE for 15 minutes, or until the salmon is opaque and separates easily.
- Serve salmon with an extra lemon wedge squeezed on top.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 36g
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xo Anna and Liz
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