Crispy-Skin Salmon with Pesto

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Team Mealthy
Rated 5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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  • 3 cups penne pasta
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (to taste)
  • 1 cup baby Roma tomato halves
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 pounds salmon fillets
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook penne pasta in boiling water until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.
  2. Blend basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor until even in color; season with salt and pepper in food processor until color is consistent. Reserve 2 tablespoon pesto for salmon.
  3. Toss drained penne pasta with the tomato halves, ¼ cup pesto, and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a pan on high heat. Season both sides of salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Fry salmon in hot oil skin-side down, until skin is crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip salmon and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 2 minutes more; remove fillets to a serving platter. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto onto each salmon fillet and serve with the penne.
Mealthy tip:

For dairy-free pesto, replace cheese with additional 1 tablespoon pine nuts.


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October 31, 2017 at 6:50pm

Sam Dalton says:

I never was a fan of keeping the skin, but after trying this recipe I think I've been won over. The pesto was really flavorful, and easy to make. Overall very good dish. Deserves 5 stars!

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October 26, 2017 at 2:09am

Laura Griffin says:

My two favorite parts of this recipe is the pesto and Parmesan cheese for the fish. I usually don't leave the skin on my salmon, but tried it for the sake of this recipe, and I was not disappointed. I skipped the pasta because I am trying to cut out the carbs. It was super light and flavorful, and I can't wait to make it again.

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September 07, 2017 at 10:30pm

Tal Levitas says:

I love pesto. I love salmon. I love this dish. It was easy and quick and my fiance loved it too!