Baked Pesto Salmon

It’s easy to get stuck preparing the same recipes over and over again, but this simple baked pesto salmon will transform your weeknight dinner routine from bland and boring to delicious and exciting! Give it a try, then let us know what you think!

Culinary Tips for the Best Pesto Salmon

When cooking any type of fish in the oven, a good rule of thumb is to heat your oven to 400° F and roast 10 minutes for every inch of thickness, as described in our Roasted Fish Base Recipe.

Skin on or off? For this recipe, it doesn’t matter. When you roast/bake fish in the oven with the skin side down, the skin doesn’t get crispy, so it’s not very appealing to eat. However, it does separate easily from the fish once cooked. 

Remove small pin bones using fish bone tweezers before cooking; these are no fun to bite into!

A good fishmonger at your local grocery store can help you with the pin bones and skin. Don’t be shy to ask for help!

Want to take your recipe to the next level? Make your own pesto!

Recipe Variations

You can change up this baked pesto salmon recipe by varying the pesto. Take a look at our Pesto Base Recipe to learn how to create endless variations.

Need some pesto recipe inspiration?

Are you nuts for pesto too? Use our base recipe to make it your own, or try out these other variations!

Pesto Base Recipe

Arugula Walnut Pesto

Basil Pesto

Health Benefits of Salmon with Pesto

This is a nutrient-packed dinner recipe! The featured ingredients in this recipe are salmon and pesto.


The American Heart Association recommends eating two, 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 8 total ounces per week for the general population. Why? Because fish is a quality source of protein that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Fatty fish, like salmon, is high in EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for heart and brain health.

Confused about which salmon to purchase? Wild-caught is known for having a higher omega-3 content, but surprisingly, that’s not always the case! We recommend consulting the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app to help guide your seafood purchasing decisions.


Pesto is made from a blend of leafy greens, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil. Leafy greens are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that promote health and help fight diseases. Nuts of all varieties contain plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Extra virgin olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet. It contains high amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols which may reduce inflammation. (1, 2

Serving Suggestions

Build a balanced meal with the addition of veggies and whole grains!

Roast some vegetables in the same oven while the salmon is cooking or steam vegetables on the stovetop.

Prepare a grain salad or a simple side of brown ricequinoa, or farro.

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Baked Pesto Salmon

Baked Pesto Salmon

Baked pesto salmon is a delicious and easy weeknight dinner! Add to a salad or pair with some roasted veggies and a grain salad for a complete meal!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Seafood
Servings 4


  • 4 salmon filets, with or without skin (~4-6 ounces each)
  • Salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup homemade or store-bought pesto
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet with nonstick spray, foil, or parchment paper.
  • Place fish filets skin side down (if skin on) on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place in oven and roast 10 minutes for every inch of thickness.
  • Once done, top each filet with 1 Tablespoon of pesto. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!


The internal temperature should reach 145° F. 
Need basic guidance on how to roast fish? Refer to our base recipe!
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