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Simple pan-seared salmon is smothered in a flavorful spinach basil pesto sauce for a healthier dinner you can have ready in under 15 minutes. --- Serve this salmon with a green salad and you've got dinner done!
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Pan-Seared Salmon with Spinach Basil Pesto Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 -3 servings
Calories 318kcal


Pesto Sauce

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • 10 oz salmon fillets two 5-6 oz fillets
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Make the pesto sauce: In a food processor, place spinach, basil, pine nuts, lime juice, garlic, Parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste. With food processor on, drizzle olive oil through top, pulsing pesto until smooth, scraping down sides if necessary. Place pesto in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Make the salmon: Pat salmon fillets dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear salmon on both sides 3 minutes until golden-brown. Transfer salmon fillets to a serving plate and drizzle pesto sauce on top. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.9g | Protein: 21.6g | Fat: 26.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21.8g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 134mg