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December 16, 2013

Basil Pesto Encrusted Salmon reposted

I've tried several salmon recipes over the years and most of them have been really good. But I wanted to try something different so I decided to create my own. Going with what I had on hand, I rubbed the salmon with a little lemon and fresh cracked black pepper, then coated it with basil pesto and cooked it on the grill.

I opened a bottle of Saved Rosé wine from California and it was an amazing pairing.

Serves 4


  • 4- 6 ounce salmon filets, skin removed
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 2-3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


    Prepare medium hot grill.

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    Spray cooking surface with cooking oil.

    Sprinkle salmon with red and black pepper and squeeze juice from 1/2 lemon on top of salmon. Rub the top of the salmon filets evenly with pesto.

    Place on grill and close lid. Cook until salmon is cooked to your liking. The more you cook the dryer the salmon becomes so be very careful not to overcook. Cooking time will vary depending on thickness of the salmon.

    Slice remaining lemon and serve on the side.

    Cooking Wiser
    To save time use prepared pesto but if you have access to basil make you own pesto. It is so good.

    For more flavor, add wood chips to the charcoal, alder wood or cedar are good choices for salmon.
    If it is raining and you aren't in the mood to light the grill, roast in a preheat 400 degree oven on middle rack.

  • Posted by terri at December 16, 2013 03:09 AM