A healthy Pesto Salmon Recipe, baked with a delicious walnut and parmesan crust. Serve this healthy baked salmon recipe with veggies and a homemade pesto sauce for a low carb, keto and gluten free dinner.
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Oven Baked Pesto Salmon
Love salmon? And pesto. Then I have a recipe for you!
This is without a doubt one of my favorite top 10 recipes since I started Sunkissed Kitchen.
Looking at these pictures has me adding salmon to the shopping list so I can make it again this weekend. It’s so good, I am sure you’ll be adding all of these heart and brain-healthy ingredients to your shopping list on a weekly basis, too.
Instead of just adding pesto to a baked salmon fillet, I wanted to add some texture and a crunchy topping to the salmon — an extra special touch that literally takes an extra 3 minutes, but makes it a “spa” meal, restaurant quality, that elevates it to something you want to eat on repeat.
I only bake salmon now in my Superheated Steam Countertop Oven. I absolutely love how moist it stays in this little oven, and how I can enjoy the crispy brown crust with no worries of having dried out fish. When I bake salmon in a regular oven, I almost always foil wrap it to prevent this.
This salmon, after being coated in a walnut-parmesan topping, is added to a baking tray with veggies (pick what you like! This broccoli, pepper, and tomato combo was visually amazing, and paired so well.), and then baked for only 15 minutes.
It comes out of the own with a crunchy, toasted walnut crust, and perfectly flakey and moist on the inside.
A Lightened Up Basil Walnut Pesto
Have you ever made pesto? I used to make it weekly, but I have been slacking lately! Such a great topping/spread/salad dressing. So versatile, I use it all the time to boost flavor (and nutrition!) of so many dishes.
A traditional pesto has quite a lot of olive oil (heart healthy!), but if you’re serving it on something that already has plenty of healthy fats (salmon + walnuts), there is no need to add quite as much.
You can get all the flavor by subbing water for some of the oil, like I did in this Lightened Up Basil Walnut Pesto recipe. The result is a thick and flavor packed pesto, perfect for spreading on baked salmon.
It’s a large batch of pesto, but you’re most likely going to want to add a dab to your veggies as well!
How to Make Pesto Salmon
This recipe couldn’t be easier! If you have a good food processor, this whole meal can be in the oven in less than 15 minutes.
Follow these steps to a perfect, heart-healthy meal:
- Add walnuts, parmesan cheese (omit for Whole30!), and salt and pepper to a food processor, and process until a fine crumb forms.
- Dip salmon fillets in the walnut mixture to form a crust.
- Add salmon to a baking tray.
- Mix chopped veggies with a little olive oil, then add to the baking tray.
- Bake salmon and veggies for 15 minutes in the Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven, or 22-25 minutes in a conventional oven.
- Make pesto by adding basil, walnuts, parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, water and a pinch of salt to a food processor, and process until desired smoothness.
- Top crunchy coated baked salmon with pesto and serve!
Baked Pesto Salmon
- 2 salmon fillets 4-6 ounces each
- 2 tablespoon walnuts
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 cups broccoli chopped
- 1 bell pepper sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons basil pesto
- Add walnuts, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper, to a food processor bowl. Process until a fine crumb forms.
- Add walnut mixture to a shallow dish, and coat the top of each pieces of salmon in the mixture. Add to a baking dish.
- Add the broccoli, peppers and tomatoes (or desired vegetables) to a bowl, and drizzle with olive oil.
- Add the veggies to the baking tray around the salmon.
- Bake in the Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven on Broil/Grill at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
- If using a conventional oven, preheat to 425 degrees, and bake for 22-25 minutes.
- Top salmon with pesto and serve with veggies.
Other Healthy Salmon Recipes:
- Sweet Potato and Salmon Croquettes, by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Foil Wrapped Salmon, by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Blackened Salmon Tacos with Mango and Cabbage Salsa, by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Salmon and Artichoke Skewers, by Sunkissed Kitchen
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