People don’t cook with pesto at home nearly as much as they should. I think some home cooks might be intimidated by it. Don’t be. It’s as easy as ketchup. But much better tasting, in my opinion. You can put it on practically anything. With one spoon of a good prepared pesto, you can turn boring chicken or fish into something memorable. Today I’m putting it on fresh salmon. There are a lot of chefs on TV that tell you how easy it is to make from scratch. But why dirty up the food processor for something that you can buy ready-made? Here we go.

Melt butter a pan over medium heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Sear fish for 5 or 6 minutes on each side. Don’t move the fish around too much so that it can form a nice brown crust on each side. When all sides are done, remove the fish from the heat and set it aside. The salmon will continue to cook to the perfect doneness while it sits.

Since I don’t like the idea of pouring cold sauce over hot fish, I have come up with a method of preparing the pesto sauce. In a small saucepan heat half and half over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When the half and half just reached a boil and starts to thicken, remove it from the heat. Allow the half and half to cool for a few minutes. Stir in the prepared pesto. Be sure to blend it well. Now add the wine. When the mixture is evenly blended and smooth, it’s ready go be served over the salmon. Five-star restaurant quality right? 

Pesto Salmon
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 - 4oz salmon fillets
  2. 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  3. 1/4 half and half
  4. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  5. 4 tbs butter
  6. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt butter a pan over medium heat.
  2. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  3. Sear fish for 5 minutes on each side.
  4. When all sides are done, remove the fish from the heat and set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan heat half and half over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  6. When half and half just reached a boil and thickened, remove from the heat.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then stir in the prepared pesto and wine.
  8. Be sure to blend well.
  9. When the mixture is evenly blended and smooth, it's ready go be served over the salmon.
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