Easy Pesto Salmon Recipe

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Who knew that two simple ingredients could make such an incredible meal?

Easy Pesto Salmon

This may be the simplest salmon recipe known to man! I’m not even being dramatic: All you need for this easy pesto salmon is two simple ingredients and 20 minutes. That’s it!

The Simplest Salmon Recipe

Easy Pesto Salmon

Aside from the fact that this dish is super simple to prepare, it is also loaded with flavor and nutrients. Each serving offers approximately 45 grams of muscle-building protein and a hefty dose of heart-healthy, omega 3 fatty-acids. Better yet, there is only one carbohydrate per piece of salmon, making it a great option for low-carb and keto dieters!

When it comes to meal prepping, the easier a recipe is to make, the better. Prepare this easy pesto salmon ahead of time and enjoy it all week as a perfect healthy lunch or dinner. It’s also an awesome choice for your next dinner party. It will impress your guests and reduce your stress!

Easy Pesto Salmon

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20-Minute Easy Pesto Salmon Recipe

An easy and delicious protein packed recipe. Only two ingredients makes this a quick entree for busy week nights.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 People
Serving Size 1 fillet
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 2 pounds fresh salmon cut into 4 (6 to 8 ounce) fillets
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto (try one of our amazing pesto recipes!)


  • Preheat oven to low broil or 450 if a broil option is unavailable.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Place each salmon fillet on to the lined baking sheet and spread the basil pesto on top.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes (rotating the pan half way) or until salmon is firm and flaky.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 1111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1
Keywords High Protein, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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