Everyday Cooking

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Midweek Quickie#2- Pesto-Crusted Salmon

This is a quick and tasty favourite, not a bad way to get our weekly dose of Omega 3. My little girl loves salmon and usually enjoys this dish with some sweet potato chips (baked in the oven) and broccoli florets.

This time around, I served the fish with some vine-ripened tomatoes which were baked alongside the salmon, and some boiled french beans.

The recipe was adapted from Delia Smith's How to Cook, Book 2. In the original recipe, pecorino cheese was used for the topping. I used the same parmesan that was also in the pesto.

Pesto-Crusted Salmon
serves 2

2 pcs salmon fillets (approx 150g each)
squeeze of lemon juice
2Tbsp basil pesto
2 Tbsp bread crumbs
2 Tbsp grated parmesan
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
oil spray

Pre-heat the oven to 220deg C.
Line a baking tray with foil and lightly spray with oil. Place the salmon fillets on the tray and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Mix the pesto with 1Tbsp of breadcrumbs to form a paste. Spread this over the fish. Sprinkle the remaining breadcrumbs over the pesto paste. Lastly, scatter the parmesan over the breadcrumbs.
Cook the fish in the oven until the topping is golden, around 10minutes.


Anh said...

This sounds lovely! I would make this with barramundi or trout though. I don't have much of a palate for salmon, but your idea can be adapted for different fishes!

Kate said...

Both of them are my favourites. Salmon & pesto.I love my salmon raw , n very rarely cook it. But if i had to then i'd definately give this combo a try.

SteamyKitchen said...

I just made salmon last night - nothing fancy, just salt and pepper - and now I wish I had come here earlier - b/c I would have LOVED basil crusted salmon!

maybahay said...

you're right anh. this idea is very adaptable to all sorts of fish

kate, i love salmon sashimi. cooked salmon is just a safer bet for the whole family in my household.

hi jaden. i usually make salmon, too, quite simply like yours. it's such a tasty fish.

Margot at Coffee & Vanilla said...

This salmon looks delicious!!

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veron said...

This indeed sounds like a great way to get your omega 3's in and the basil-pesto is an excellent choice to use with salmon!

Margot at Coffee & Vanilla said...

You are very welcome! You deserve it too! :)

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