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Pesto Grilled Salmon

Buttery, colorful and flaky, this rich and impressive salmon will be a family favorite in moments. Five smart ingredients, and you’ll have just the leftovers you need for tomorrow night’s pasta dish. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 salmon fillet (3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  • Place salmon skin side down on lightly oiled grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the pesto, onions, lemon juice and garlic. Carefully spoon some of the pesto mixture over salmon. Grill until fish flakes easily with a fork, 15-20 minutes longer, basting occasionally with remaining pesto mixture.
Glazed Asian Salmon: Replace the basting ingredients with 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce; 1/4 cup brown sugar; 1/2 teaspoon each crushed red pepper flakes and ground ginger; and 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil. Grill and baste salmon as directed.

Herbed Salmon: Place salmon on double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Mix 1/2 cup softened butter with 1/4 cup each minced fresh chives, tarragon and thyme; spread over salmon. Top with 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion; 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; and 1 thinly sliced lemon. Seal foil and grill 20-25 minutes. Open carefully to allow steam to escape.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked salmon: 262 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 fat.

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