Pistachio, Pesto Salmon

I have had this salmon recipe over at Mateo’s house and each time I have it I ask for the recipe and then forget what I was told until the next time.  I recently asked for the recipe, yet again, and swore that I would make it before I forgot – but I didn’t.  Thinking about it – I decided that I was making it more difficult than it needed to be and that even if they way I was going to make it wasn’t how they made it – it would still be delicious!  I think because it is so decadent and elegant that I think the recipe should be more than what it is.

Pistachio, Pesto Salmon


2 salmon fillets
3/4 cup pistachio nuts (shelled, salted or unsalted – your preference)
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 pine nuts (may try toasting them next time)
2 cups firmly packed basil leaves
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil (or less)

1. First you want to make the pesto: Combine the garlic and pine nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped.

2. Add the basil, salt and pepper and process until a paste forms.

3. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil.  I had trouble with this, which I have never had before.  I ended up taking the mixture out of the food processor and adding the oil by hand. I only ended up using about 1/8 of a cup and it was fine.  Set aside.

4.  Shell the pistachios.  Measure about 3/4 cup and place into a plastic storage bag.

5. Using a rolling pin, crush the pistachio nuts.

6. Place the salmon fillets in a baking dish.

7. Spread pesto over each fillet and then cover with pistachios.

8. Bake at 375 for 15 – 20 minutes, depending on size of fillets. Done when fish flakes with a fork.

I served with thin roasted potatoes.  I loved this recipe, Stella did not – we had to scrape the pesto off.  The leftover was delicious cold!

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3 Responses to Pistachio, Pesto Salmon

  1. Candace says:

    Although I don’t care for pesto, this is a beautiful looking dish and lots of ideas for salmon topping. Crushed pistashios…who would have thought? : )

  2. Jody says:

    🙂 A classic dish on every catering menu – yum! I use my Cuisi on the nuts as well

  3. Jo says:

    I’ll be making this…..we have fresh Salmon….looks yummy

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