Lemon Pesto Salmon
July 23, 2016
Revised & updated 2/6/2021 - Easy to put together & goes from oven to table in no time. The cooking method insures that the salmon is very tender, succulent, delicious & the cleanup is basically nonexistent. which is always a plus! For a complete meal, serve with Jasmine Rice on the side.
1 Prepped zucchini & summer squash.
2 Cut 2 - 15 x 15 pieces of parchment paper. Fold each in half to create a crease, then lay them out so they're flat (see Tip# 1).
3 Making the first packet; mound up 1/2 the zucchini & summer squash on one side of the crease, in the middle.
4 Top with 1/2 the onion, butter, pesto & lemon slices. Season lightly with salt & pepper.
5 Place salmon on top, drizzle with 1/2 the lemon juice. Season lightly with salt & pepper.
6 Fold the parchment over salmon. Seal up both sides by making multiple overlapping turns. Then do the same with the open end, creating a tightly sealed packet.
7 Repeat procedure with remaining ingredients, making the second packet.
8 Place both packets on a large, rimmed baking sheet & bake on middle oven rack for 15 to 18 minutes, depending on thickness of the salmon.
9 Serve on a plate right in the packet or open packet & transfer to a plate with some Jasmine Rice on the side (if using).
Tips & Suggestions
1 To make your life easier; cut the pieces of parchment paper off the roll the night before. Reverse roll them up & secure with rubber bands. This will help keep the paper somewhat flat while working with it the next day... otherwise it can be a real pain in the neck!
2 If your fillet has the skin on, simply use a very sharp knife to trim the skin off the fillet.
3 You can really customize this recipe in so many ways;
a. Use any kind of fish fillet, just adjust the cooking time accordingly depending on how thick the fish is.
b. Instead of pesto, use 1/4 tsp of dried dill weed or 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary for each fillet. You will also need to increase the butter to 2 Tblsp, the reason being is that the pesto has oil in it, so you'll need the extra butter.
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