Pesto Salmon- A Family Favorite

pesto wild salmon


Total Time: 7 minutes


  • Sockeye salmon
  • 1-2 tbsp. of pesto per serving of salmon - high quality store bought, or recipe below
  • Coconut oil or other oil with a high flash point for searing (avocado oil works nicely too).


  1.  Add oil to a cast iron pan (or skillet of choice) and heat to high.
  2.  Once it's hot, add salmon, skin up, and let sear for 2-3 minutes.
  3.  Flip salmon, add pesto, and turn down the heat to medium high and cover. Let cook 3-4 more minutes.

*You can also bake the salmon at 400 for 10-15 minutes, until it flakes. Add pesto before you bake salmon. Remember, sockeye salmon cooks quickly, so check it often to get your desired degree of doneness. 

Homemade Pesto

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ c. pine nuts or walnuts
  • 2/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Combine basil, garlic cloves, and nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the ½ c. of olive oil slowly until smooth. Add salt and pepper. Transfer to a larger bowl and mix in cheese.