Salmon with Pesto

Salmon is one of my all time favorite things to make for dinner. Those people who knew me pre-culinary school, will think that I’ve lost my mind because I didn’t eat any seafood until about 3 years ago. But now I’m full on obsessed and love it! Salmon is one of my go-to fish choices. It can be awesome on it’s own but it really gets jazzy when you spice things up with different herbs and such. My favorite is a pan-seared salmon with basil pesto on top. Drool. The flavors are perfection together and it’s 100% comforting while still being pretty healthy. And it only takes about 10 minutes to whip up this dinner – can you say easy? I love it. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner when you’re craving something healthy, bright and fresh but don’t have lots of time.


Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 13 mins
Serves: 2


And, I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway from Anderson Seafood!  One lucky What’s Gaby Cooking  winner will receive a $300 Anderson Seafood credit to purchase all the fish you want on their website. And I’d personally recommend the salmon…. it was great! And some crab. I love me some crab :)

Here’s a little information about Anderson Seafood:

Anderson Seafoods was established in 1979, with the goal of providing premium seafood products and superior service to our valued customers in the most sustainable and innovative ways. Starting from a small family venture in Orange, California. Anderson Seafoods has evolved into a full-scale, state-of-the-art operation and is recognized as a leading authority in the seafood industry.

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Salmon with Pesto + Anderson Seafood Giveaway

Salmon with Pesto + Anderson Seafood Giveaway


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil + 3 tbsp
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 whole garlic cloves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 - 6 oz salmon filets


  1. Combine the basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and red pepper flakes in a food processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Remove from food processor and set aside.
  2. Salt and pepper the salmon filets and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the two salmon filets and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side until done. Carefully remove from the skillet and serve with 1-2 tbsp of the homemade basil pesto.

Here’s How To Enter:

1.  Leave a comment here and tell us… What is your absolute fav seafood dish, is it something with salmon, perhaps some grilled shrimp, or a bouillabase – let us know!

2.  For extra entries, Follow What’s Gaby Cooking on Twitter, and Like us on Facebook.  Leave 2 separate comments for this for extra entries.

3.  For an additional entry, sign up for Anderson Seafood’s newsletter HERE (bottom right side of website) Leave a separate comment for this.

4.  Contest ends this Friday August 12th 8pm PST.  Winner will be chosen by and be notified by email.  Giveaway provided by Anderson Seafood.

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  1. Pan-seared salmon is my favorite, with a citrus balsamic reduction sweetened with brown sugar (actually an old Rachel Ray recipe) – and I love the idea of putting red pepper flakes in pesto! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. salmon + pesto! perfect combo!

    my favorite seafood dish would have to be crab cakes! I love the crispy exterior and the wonderful melt in your mouth, make you want to cry tears of joy crabby interior. #todiefor

  3. My fav is a marinated, grilled salmon filet with lime juice, olive oil, cumin, allspice, fresh garlic, and sugar. It’s so darn yummy!! The recipe was from All Cooks and I changed it up a bit. It’s wonderful.

  4. Before my husband and I were married ( I won’t say how many years ago) we always went to a Chinese restuarant and had what they called Chicken Fried Halibut. They have since closed but I miss them to this day!!! Wish I had the recipe. Anyone out there???

  5. I LOVE caramelied scallops with shallots and white wine. I don’t make it very often (for company, mostly) but my go-to seafood dish is salmon also! So easy, versatile and delish!

  6. I love beautiful, simple food like this gaby- Just a gorgeous piece of salmon with that bright beautiful pesto. divine! But my very favorite? Cracked crab with lemon butter :)

  7. Our favorite is grilled salmon with a soy-apple cider-garlic-butter reduction for a marinade. It’s an old Food & Wine recipe from the 80’s that became our go-to recipe.

  8. I love White Sea Bass. I buy a fillet with the skin on, put the skin side down on the grill, top it with a mayo/teryaki mixture, cover the grill. It is fantastic! I also like Sweet Shrimp. I like Halibut, Swordfish, Ahi Tuna. I like crab and scallops. I like Sea Trout and Barramundi and Ono.

  9. It’s a toss up between grilled salmon over hardwood & marinated in a citrus soy marinade OR Buffalo Shrimp, simply grilled then tossed in a buffalo wing sauce and butter. Okay, now I’m hungry!

  10. I love seafood! Especially scallops!
    This salmon recipe looks delicious , love salmon & pesto but have never put them together.
    I will make this tonight!

    Thanks! love your blog!!!

  11. I absolutely LOVE any kind of seafood but I do have one that is so mouth watering to me. Its crab stuffed salmon. Its crab meat stuffed inside of a piece of salmon rolled into a little crab cake. Such a wonderful taste when you bite into both at the same time.

    P.S. I just discovered your blog and I love it. I made the Green Pepper Steak last week and it was yummy. Can’t wait to try this one.

  12. Carole, if you Google chicken fried halibut, you’ll come up with various recipes, one or more of which might be the one for which you are yearning – good luck with the search.

  13. I LOVE salmon. I like to roast it at home with just a little olive oil/salt/pepper. If you have a Longhorn restaurant in your area…their salmon is THE best EVER! I love shrimp fixed anyway but I especially like shrimp cocktail with extra hot horseradish cocktail sauce. Please bring me a lobster and LOTS of buttah! ;-)

  14. We love seafood!! Crab cakes, shrimp, salmon, tilapia. All of it! We make tilapia with a Parmesan spread on top that everyone in the family loves! Even our young daughters ask for more fish : )

  15. I adore seafood!! My favorite is a medley of shrimp, scallops, and mussles floating in a spicy tomato sauce with thick strands of pasta.

  16. Salmon is my favorite, especially Coho. I have an ever-expanding selection of ways to cook it. It’s what’s for dinner tonight, and I’m looking for a way to fix it. If I had me some fresh basil and pine nuts, it would be this dish. I do like me some pesto.

  17. And I signed up for the newsletter. Man, those scallops look amazing! That’s my newest seafood discovery.

  18. Can you save this for two days please? Salmon is my favorite dish and this picture just made my mouth water!

  19. I LOVE teriyaki salmon with just a little bit of lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Simple and easy to make and oh so tasty. I also am a big fan of sushi.

    Just got engaged! This would be great to cook a fancy shmancy dinner for my fiance!

    LOVE your blog! And this recipe – who doesn’t love a little pesto?

  20. Ohhhhhh, I would be so thrilled to win this! I love seafood and could eat it every day.
    My fav if I had to pick one would be Blackend Salmon. and Paella. and King Crab. oh, and seared scallops. o.k. there’s no WAY i can pick just one. ;)

  21. Love salmon. Very expensive in our neck of the woods. Just told the two kids who eat it that I was going to look online for some to order, they thought I was crazy lol! This would be an amazing prize. thanks!

  22. This may not be exactly what you had in mind, but my favorite seafood dish is SUSHI. I could eat sushi every day, all day and never get sick of it.

  23. My all time favorite seafood dish, and brings back childhood memories, fresh caught trout in a Michigan lake. Then do a delicious beer batter, and deep fry it whole, delicious:-)

  24. I make a seafood stew with halibut, mussels, shrimp, clams and crab stewed with fresh fennel, sweet onions, white wine, crushed tomatoes, red pepper flakes and lots of fresh parsley. It’d make your MAMA weep.

  25. I love to just grill some salmon on the grill in packets with herbs and vegetables. Maybe I’ll try the pesto with it next!

  26. oh it is hard to choose a favorite seafood dish. I love almost EVERYTHING considered seafood. I would say one of my all-time favorites is fried Soft-shell crab. If that is offered it’s hard for me to resist. :) Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  27. I follow WGC on Twitter – oh and as for today’s recipe I am trying that this week. I have some homemade pesto in the fridge that is now screaming for some salmon. :)

  28. My favorite fish is sea bass. I’ve never braved cooking it at home though! It’s about time though! You inspired me to give it a try!!!

  29. I love pretty much all seafood! But my favorite regular everyday seafood has to be Salmon! We usually toss it, a small pat of butter, a good slug of lemon juice, some garlic salt and a spice mix called Slap Ya Mama into a foil pack and grill it! It is a go to dinner for us. I can’t wait to try this pesto salmon though! Looks super yummy!

  30. Love basil and I love salmon so what a great combo of flavors. One of my favorite seafood recipes to prepare is a seared salmon with horseradish and scallions!! So oerfect with sauteed spinach.

  31. hmm… hard choice … but it would probably have to be shrimp scampi … or grilled shrimp! Yummm

  32. just signed up for Anderson Seafood’s newsletter! (by the way, that Jumbo Crab Cake photo on their site is making me drool! And those scallops are divine!

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  33. Mine would have to be a simple Peruvian style ceviche…simple, light, and quite possibly the best hangover cure ever ;). Great salmon recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  34. I just started eating more seafood (heart-healthy, you know) about 3 months ago. I love salmon, but am finding that I like the versatility of tilapia. I was really surprised to find that I loved cubed tilapia in an Asian stir-fry dish!

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