Salmon with a Basil Pesto Crumb Crust

16 Feb
Salmon with basil pesto crumb crust. Photo by Jess B.

Salmon with basil pesto crumb crust.                   Photo by Jess B.

As mentioned in Thursday’s post whilst away for the weekend, Mr B cooked us a delicious dinner of salmon with a pesto breadcrumb topping. Mr B and I are HUGE fans of basil pesto and would pretty much pair it with anything if we could. Pesto and salmon is an absolutely beautiful combo, one of the best. If you have never tried it, I urge you to do so! Try this recipe, it’s quick and easy and I’m sure you’ll love it!

Also, if you’re not a big fish fan, then the pesto does an excellent job of masking the fishy taste. No overpowering taste of the sea here!!

To make Salmon with a Basil Pesto Crumb Crust for two people, you will need:

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • A generous handful of (gluten free) breadcrumbs
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp of basil pesto (shop bought or homemade)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil + a splash
Add lemon zest & juice to pesto crumb mix. Photo by Jess B.

Add lemon zest & juice to pesto crumb mix.          Photo by Jess B.

Lemon, breadcrumbs & pesto mix. Photo by Jess B.

Lemon, breadcrumbs & pesto mix. Photo by Jess B.

Ready for the oven. Photo by Jess B.

Ready for the oven. Photo by Jess B.

  1. Heat oven to 220°C/ 200°C fan/ Gas Mark 7.
  2. Grease a shallow baking dish with a splash of olive oil.
  3. Rinse salmon in cold water, pat dry with kitchen paper and place the fillets skin side down in the shallow dish.
  4. In a medium sized basin mix together the breadcrumbs, lemon zest and juice and pesto, until all are well combined.
  5. Divide the pesto breadcrumb mix evenly between the salmon fillets, press it down gently into a thick layer over the top of each fillet.
  6. Drizzle a little olive oil over the crumb topping (this makes the breadcrumbs crisp, and not go soggy, in the oven).
  7. Place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the crumb is golden and the salmon is cooked through.
  8. Serve immediately (though it is very nice cold too and will happily keep in the fridge for a day or two).
A simple supper. Photo by Jess B.

A simple supper. Photo by Jess B.

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

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