Baked Salmon Pesto

Simple and tasty, this oven baked salmon pesto is ready in just 30 minutes and comes with a creamy cauliflower mash too. Perfect for those occasions when you’re in a rush or limited with time, you’ll definitely want to add this to your quick healthy meals list!

Simple and tasty, this oven baked salmon pesto is ready in just 30 minutes and comes with a creamy cauliflower mash too. Perfect for those occasions when you're in a rush or limited with time, you'll want to add this to your quick healthy meals list!

You’ll just love the ease of this baked salmon pesto.

Whilst the salmon cooks it absorbs the delicious pesto flavours creating a succulent and healthy fish dinner.

And aren’t we always being told that we should eat at least 2 portions of oily fish per week? Well, this at least counts as one of them!

Simple and tasty, this oven baked salmon pesto is ready in just 30 minutes and comes with a creamy cauliflower mash too. Perfect for those occasions when you're in a rush or limited with time, you'll want to add this to your quick healthy meals list!

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with baking various diners in foil parcels.

I mean it’s not something new, but when I knew I was heading back to work today (at last!) my recipe head immediately went back into thinking about keeping meals nice and simple, and of course still healthy!

Cooking in foil parcels does that, especially in this baked salmon pesto recipe, keeping the salmon moist and sealing in all the flavours with minimum effort.

5 from 1 vote
Simple and tasty, this oven baked salmon pesto is ready in just 30 minutes and comes with a creamy cauliflower mash too. Perfect for those occasions when you're in a rush or limited with time, you'll want to add this to your quick healthy meals list!
Print
Baked Salmon Pesto
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A simple, tasty, baked salmon pesto. with a creamy cauliflower mash.

Course: Dinner
Servings: 2
Calories: 457 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
Cauliflower Mash Ingredients
  • 200 g peeled and chopped white potatoes
  • 200 g cauliflower cut into small florets
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Pesto Ingredients
  • 10 g basil leaves
  • 10 g lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 1 clove small of garlic
  • 25 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 g grated parmesan cheese
Fish Parcel Ingredients
  • 2 boneless salmon fillets
  • Low calorie oil spray
  • 2 sheets of cooking foil
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C Fan
Cauliflower Mash
  1. Make the cauliflower mash by placing the potatoes and the cauliflower into a pan of lightly salted cold water. Bring the water to the boil and then turn down the heat and allow the contents to simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes until cooked and soft.
  2. Whilst the cauliflower and potatoes are cooking, make the pesto.
Home-made Pesto
  1. If you have a food processor, blitz the basil leaves, then add the pine nuts and garlic and blitz again. If you do not have a food processor, use a pestle and mortar, or sturdy bowl and the end of a rolling pin to bash the basil leaves into a pulp first, then add the pine nuts and garlic and bash them all together into a pulp. Remove the ingredients into a separate bowl, add the oil and the parmesan cheese, mix all together.
Fish Parcels
  1. Lightly spray each sheet of cooking foil with the low calorie oil spray
  2. Evenly spread half of the pesto on top of one salmon fillet, then half on top of the other.
  3. Place each salmon fillet in the middle of a sheet of cooking foil and then loosely wrap and secure each cooking foil salmon parcel.
  4. Bake the salmon parcels on a baking tray in the oven for approximately 18 – 20 minutes.
Serving
  1. Drain and mash the cauliflower and potatoes together, season to taste. Divide between 2 plates.
  2. Place the salmon on the cauliflower mash pouring any of the remaining juices from the baking foil parcels over the top.
  3. I suggest serving with freshly steamed broccoli or side salad.
Recipe Notes

Use shop bought pesto sauce if you don’t have time to make your own.


Nutrition Facts
Baked Salmon Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 268
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.8g 46%
Saturated Fat 5.8g 29%
Cholesterol 58.4mg 19%
Sodium 174.5mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%
Sugars 3.3g
Protein 26.7g 53%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 104%
Calcium 11%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Simple and tasty, this oven baked salmon pesto is ready in just 30 minutes and comes with a creamy cauliflower mash too. Perfect for those occasions when you're in a rush or limited with time, you'll want to add this to your quick healthy meals list!

I always try to make my own pesto sauce nowadays, it’s just so easy and versatile and any leftover can be stored in a tightly sealed jar in your fridge and you could use it to make this tagliatelle pesto dinner. 😀

Simple and tasty, this oven baked salmon pesto is ready in just 30 minutes and comes with a creamy cauliflower mash too. Perfect for those occasions when you're in a rush or limited with time, you'll want to add this to your quick healthy meals list!

Well Folks, I really hope you enjoy this oven baked salmon pesto recipe.

I consider myself very lucky that I can get Scottish Salmon pretty fresh here and of excellent quality too. But seeing as how salmon is pretty easy to get pre-packaged nowadays anyway, I’m hoping that you wouldn’t have any difficulty sourcing it either!

In order not to miss future updates and new recipes, make sure you’re subscribed to neilshealthymeals by adding your email* to the subscription list at the very top of this post or subscribe here. And you can follow me too via your favourite social media channels below.

*I do not use your email for anything else other than adding you to my blog subscription list which you can opt out of at any time.

Comments

  1. I ‘m just so happy for you with the new job–you deserve to show the world how much you kick ass, and to get paid for it, natch! And how good is pesto? I really do love it, I just wish my stomach loved it more–it can be difficult with the oils. I was thinking about trying a pea pesto soon. Yay spring!
    Susie @ SuzLyfe recently posted…Living with Crohn’s Disease Part 1: Early OnMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thank you for your comments Susie 🙂 the new job is pretty intense so far. We’ve 4 days of training this week, then straight into the actual live role next week! Wow!

      This is my main, one and only home-made pesto, when I make it with basil! But I also make a red pesto too (there’s a rather grainy picture if it in the blog if you look for it. Needs to be re-photographed in summer!). I’d be really interested in hearing about your pea pesto. Yeah thankful for spring here and hoping it continues!

  2. DID YOU KNOW – SALMON IS MY FAVORITE FOOD ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET!!!! The face of the planet I tell you! SOOOO I AM DYING and DROOLING over this recipe!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Once Upon A Time… I Had A Large Intestine: Part 3My Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      So glad you liked the recipe GiGi. You would love Scotland then if you love Salmon we have some of the freshest available, sea caught or from our local rivers. 🙂

  3. you know the way to my seafood heart! pesto! hope the job is going well.
    lindsay recently posted…How Ironman Training Helped a Sherpa Wife Find Her True PassionMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Lindsay. I know you love your seafood too, so I was hoping you would like this recipe!! 😀

      Job going well thank you. Lots of training, but very enjoyable. Think I’m going to be kept pretty busy there!

Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge