Parmesan Pesto Baked Salmon - Only 4 Ingredients

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: pesto, quick meals, salmon, seafood
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 449kcal
Parmesan Pesto Baked Salmon has a bright basil flavor with a crispy, golden crust.  This quick and easy meal is ready in 20 minutes.
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  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets pin bones removed
  • 6 tablespoons pesto
  • 1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese grate with a microplane grater if possible.


  • Preheat the oven to 325°. Place a piece of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Lay the salmon fillets on the baking sheet, not touching. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons of pesto over each fillet and spread it with the back of a spoon or knife so that it's lightly coated with pesto.
  • In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese until evenly distributed.  Top each of the salmon fillets with a coating of the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Cook the salmon for 12-15 minutes for medium.  To get the crust a golden brown, turn the oven to broil and heat for 45 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes with the salmon about 5 inches away from the heating element.  Keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.
  • Serve immediately.



Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 0.6mg