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beautifully plated salmon. Three fillet on a platter with pestoover the top, cheery tomatoes, and pine nuts!

Best Baked Pesto Salmon Recipe (Easy)

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This Best Baked Salmon with Pesto Recipe (Easy) is bursting with flavor and healthy fats. Ready in 20 minutes! This is the perfect easy recipe for busy weeknights.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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For the Salmon

  • 3– 3 ounce Salmon Filets
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, softened (not melted)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup basil pesto (click for recipe)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Garnish

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped


For the Baked Salmon

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Pat the salmon dry and place the salmon on the baking sheet. 
  • Season the salmon with salt and pepper. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter lemon juice and lemon zest until smooth. Spoon the butter mixture evenly over the salmon. 
  • Bake salmon fillets for 12-15 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork and is cooked through. 
  • While Salmon is cooking, make the basil pesto (click ingredient above for the recipe)

To Serve

  1. When salmon is cooked through, spoon a generous spoonful of pesto on top of each salmon filet with a  the basil pesto sauce and garnish with pine nuts and cherry tomatoes. Serve immediately. Mangia! (eat!) 
  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian