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 :)

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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!

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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. 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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