Tuesday, August 30, 2016

{Recipe Files}: Baked Foil Packet Pesto Salmon

I promised you a couple of weeks ago I'd share my Salmon Pesto recipe with you and it is SUPER simple! Perfect for those easy back-to-school meals that you can pull together quickly!
What You Need:
~1.5-2 lbs salmon filets (I usually cut mine into smaller filets if they're larger to make cooking through easier)
~pesto of your choice (we used the brand from Costco because it's delicious!)
~Shredded parmesan cheese
~tin foil

*We served ours with a side of orzo (12 ounces from the box) and added 2+ Tbsp of pesto sauce to the orzo to make it extra flavorful

What You Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, then lay out pieces of tin foil for each filet of salmon, and place one filet on each 
**If you wanted to make asparagus with this meal, you could add it to the foil first, then add the salmon on top and it will cook everything together**

2. Add 1 Tbsp of pesto to each filet and spread it evenly across the top (and sides) of the filet.

3. Fold the two sides of the foil in, then pull the top and bottom of the foil up, and roll the ends together, making a tent above the salmon (it should NOT be flat against the filets). This helps bake the salmon by giving the air room to circulate in there.

4. Bake for 20-28 minutes (depending on the size of the filet), then remove from the oven. Open up the foil and top each filet with desired amount of parmesan cheese. Devour.
Super simple, fool proof and delicious!


  1. Yum! I love pesto and adding it to salmon makes it sound heavenly! Thanks for the recipe!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. I really want to make this - we love salmon....have to think of a different thing for the top since G is allergic to pine nuts...maybe I can find a pesto without it!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  3. I was just trying to figure out a way to make salmon this morning. Sounds delicious!

  4. Yum, that looks so good! I've always been terrified of cooking fish, but this looks pretty easy!

  5. Yum! I need to try this. I'm always up for an easy weeknight meal.

  6. I'm pretty sure I have all the materials to make this! Looks so yummy!

  7. This looks delicious! I love easy meals like this.

  8. Definitely saving this for later - looks so good!

  9. yummm! I never think about putting pesto on anything other than pasta. Have got to try this!

  10. I love salmon, pesto, orzo, and broccoli so this meal hits all of my sweet spots.

  11. Mmmm - we're always looking for a new way to spice up our salmon - love that this looks easy and delicious!

  12. Why don't I like salmon?! This sounds so good, but I just don't eat any kind of fish and I hate that. I want to like it so bad. I'll have to try this with chicken... I love pesto but I've only ever had it at restaurants. I need to try it at home!

  13. this looks and sounds so good! i've never cooked salmon so good to know about the foil making a tent. i am sure i would have screwed it up otherwise lol

  14. Pesto is one of the best things since sliced bread! This looks so easy and delicious!!XOXO, R

  15. I make the same recipe minus the parmesan but I'm sure even better sprinkled with cheese. So yummy and easy to make on a weeknight!


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