Inspiration: There are a lot of food combinations that I just love, and salmon and pesto is one of them.
What we Loved: One of the things that I love about salmon is that it can made into a very light and fresh meal, or it can be made into a very rich and indulgent meal, depending on how you prepare it. This recipe definitely falls into the latter category! The sauce is so rich and creamy, with a great basil pesto flavor, and it compliments the simply sauteed salmon so well. With a couple of grape tomatoes on top and a nice side dish of grape tomatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper, this made for a simple and lovely meal.
Helpful Hints: I really liked the simplicity of the sauce, but you could be pretty adventurous with adjustments if you wanted to be. More pesto wouldn’t hurt, or you could vary the kind of pesto that you use and try something like a sundried tomato pesto. Some chopped onions and garlic wouldn’t be bad additions, either!
Salmon with Creamy Pesto Sauce
Source: Adapted from Allrecipes
2 salmon filets
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons pesto
Grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a saute pan. Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper, and saute the salmon until it’s cooked through, approximately 5 minutes per side.
2. While the salmon is cooking, make the sauce. Add the cream cheese and the milk to a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat, whisking the cream cheese and milk together until combined and smooth. Stir in the pesto.
3. Serve the fish topped with the pesto sauce and sliced grape tomatoes.