Roasted Salmon with Lemon-Basil Pesto

by Jen on June 5, 2012

A super simple, flavourful, and healthy recipe for salmon.

Roasted Salmon with Lemon Basil Pesto. A super simple, delicious, and healthy recipe for salmon.

As promised, I want to share with you a recipe that uses the delicious Lemon-Basil Pesto I posted last week.

During the spring and summer months, I tend to use recipes that don’t require a lot of time spent in the kitchen.  In addition to the boys being busy with their activities, the warmer weather makes spending time cooped up in the kitchen less desirable.

Which is why I turn to this recipe.  Not only does it require little baking time, but it requires only 2 ingredients!  Now, how’s that for a time saver?!



Salmon is the one fish my while family loves.  Actually, it’s the only fish I’ll eat.  I’m not a fish lover.  Nor am I a seafood eater.  But there is something about salmon that I love.  And, well, I couldn’t have chosen a healthier fish to love.  Salmon contains high levels of Omega-3’s, which are excellent for your cardiovascular health, eye, skin, and brain health, as well as preventing diseases such as cancer.

I usually buy my salmon at Costco, but sometimes I like to switch it up and buy their trout.  It tastes pretty much the same as salmon, but is a little bit cheaper.  And when you have to feed 4 boys, sometimes cheaper is better.


Roasted Salmon with Lemon-Basil Pesto


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: serves 4





  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  3. Rinse salmon under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Place salmon on foil lined baking sheet and spread 1 Tbsp of pesto on each piece of salmon.
  5. Roast in the oven for approximately 15 - 18 minutes, until salmon is cooked through and flakes easily.

I know you’ve already made the Lemon-Basil Pesto, so now all you have to do is buy some salmon, and voilà, your meal is done.  I served the Pesto Salmon with a side of broccoli but feel free to serve whatever vegetable your kids like.  Now, you’ve got yourself one extremely healthy meal.  Plus, you’ll be in and out of the kitchen in 20 minutes.


A match made in heaven if you ask me.


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