Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this! 

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this! | manilaspoon.com

As any parent would know, it is always difficult or at least a challenge to make kids eat vegetables. Now, think about making them eat seafood, particularly fish NOT in nuggets form NOR coated in bread crumbs to disguise what it really is. Yeah, it can be tricky.

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this! | manilaspoon.com

Thankfully, while it was a little difficult in the beginning to convince my two kids to eat fish or seafood, finally, after some vigorous coaching they finally relented and actually now enjoys eating them. My 7 year old Sophie totally loves shrimps and often asks for it to be included when we order Chinese food. William, on the other hand, loves Tuna and especially enjoys the Tuna omelet I make for him on occasion. Both of them love Sushi as well though they still need more practice on how to use the chopsticks but, eventually and hopefully, they will get the hang of it. 🙂

Certainly, one of their favorites for dinner that involves seafood is a Salmon dish. Now, at first I wasn’t sure they would like this, not so much because of the fish, but because there were some nuts on top. These two kiddos are not huge fans of nuts at all though I am thankful that they are not allergic to them….but they would say they don’t like the taste. I added them anyway to not only provide crunch and texture but to give some extra flavor, too. Thankfully, they enjoyed this and both finished their meal happily.

One thing I loved about making this was I cooked the salmon with asparagus on the same baking sheet so the main and side dish both came out at the same time. So, certainly bake this along with some veggies to save time as well. We particularly love asparagus with this. Of course, you can’t complain with just 3 ingredients and it takes just a few minutes to make them. You don’t even need to season it (unless you want to) as the pesto gives it a lot of flavor already. Yup, it’s really quick and easy!

Here are the Salmon fillets before they were baked.

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this! | manilaspoon.com

Here’s what it looks like after it’s been cooked. It really came out so tender and juicy, not dry at all. Well, hope you all enjoy this Salmon dish for dinner!

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this! | manilaspoon.com

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Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans

By: Manila Spoon

May 4, 2016

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this! | manilaspoon.com

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this!

Ingredients

  • 4 Salmon fillets
  • 4 Tablespoons storebought or homemade Pesto, divided (use paleo-friendly pesto for paleo diet)
  • 4 Tablespoons crushed Pecans, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Lightly grease or oil a baking sheet. Place the Salmon fillets skin side down on the prepared pan. Spoon a tablespoon of pesto per fillet and spread all over the salmon. Sprinkle the crushed pecans all over (about a tablespoon each).
  2. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily when poked. Adjust the time according the to thickness of your fish. Serve immediately and have it with your favorite vegetables.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

Just 3 ingredients to make this easy, quick and very tasty Baked Salmon with Pesto and Pecans. Even non-Salmon fans will love this! | manilaspoon.com

26 Comments

  1. May 18, 2016 / 10:50 am

    We are back to eating fish and I have been really enjoying salmon. Topping it with salmon is one of my favourite things to do, but I love that you have included pecans too – they are my favourite nut!

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:05 pm

      The pecans surely added some yummy crunch! Thanks!

  2. May 22, 2016 / 3:00 am

    What a gorgeous healthy meal. Those nuts are inspired! I haven't seen salmon prepared this way. Yay for you. Teaching your kids to love seafood!

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:05 pm

      I am glad they don't mind eating it and actually love it. Thanks Diane!

  3. May 22, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    That coating of nuts over the salmon looks delicious! This would be a great meal to serve for guests too since the presentation is also so lovely!

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      It is perfect for guests indeed. Thanks Sandra!

  4. May 22, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    I've never had a nut coating on Salmon. I'm going to have to try this because that looks delish.

  5. May 22, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    This looks awesome! One of our friends is a fisherman, so sometimes we get nice salmon, and I need to learn how to cook it. Thanks!

    • May 23, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      Please try Debi! Salmon is quite a forgiving fish and pretty easy to cook or bake I find and not as scary as swordfish. Thanks!

  6. May 22, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    I love your pesto with pecan topping on the salmon.

  7. May 23, 2016 / 11:17 am

    I love salmon and always appreciate a great recipe with it!

  8. May 23, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I have topped salmon with pesto then sauteed it. But I love your idea of baking it with the pecan topping added to the pesto. On my "to do" list for sure.

  9. May 23, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    Been far too long since I've prepared Salmon, you've inspired me to pick some up!

  10. May 23, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    I love you only use three ingredients. That makes this perfect for those nights I don't have much time.

  11. May 24, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Wow, I love the twist you bring to prepare salmon. Pecans are among my favorite nuts, and I love pesto. I need to try, I'm intrigued! 🙂

  12. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Hello! Looking forward to trying this. Can I use frozen salmon without skin??

    • July 24, 2017 / 2:20 am

      You can use frozen salmon but just adjust the cooking time. 🙂

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