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Pesto Crusted Salmon

A 5-ingredient meal, this Pesto Crusted Salmon is both healthy and full of flavor! On the table in under 30 minutes, it's a great option for busy weeknights but is elegant enough for date night in. 

Course Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 400 kcal
Author Liz


  • cooking spray
  • 2 skin-on salmon fillets about 6 oz. each
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2-4 Tbs. panko breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.

  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

  3. Remove salmon filets from packaging and with a clean paper towel, pat dry. Set skin-side down on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  4. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and pesto. Spread over salmon. Sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs, pushing down just slightly to make sure they adhere.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until salmon is cooked throughout and top beginning to brown.

  6. Serve hot.