Baked basil pesto butter salmon with only a handful of ingredients is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Low carb and keto-friendly!
It will be perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have energy and time to cook. Baked salmon with an amazing basil pesto butter comes together so quickly you won’t even believe!
This baked salmon with pesto butter is one of the most amazing and delicious ways to eat this healthy fish.
This baked salmon recipe delivers juicy, flaky salmon with an incredible pesto topping. If you like Costco salmon with pesto butter, you are going to love this restaurant-quality dinner!
Baked pesto butter salmon ingredients
- Salmon fillets: You can use wild-caught Norwegian or Atlantic salmon fillets with skin on or off.
- Butter: I prefer to use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt that goes into my food. Bring the butter to room temperature before combining with other ingredients.
- Basil pesto: I recommend to use homemade basil pesto for the best results. However, any store–bought pesto will work as well.
- Garlic cloves: Make sure to mince the garlic to avoid raw chunks of garlic in the cooked dish. Don’t substitute garlic with garlic powder! Garlic powder won’t work here.
- Lemon juice: Adjust the amount of lemon juice to your liking.
- Salt and pepper
How to make baked pesto butter salmon
This is seriously an incredibly easy recipe with only 3 main steps.
- Combine the softened butter, basil pesto and garlic.
- Season the salmon fillets on both sides.
- Top each fillet with pesto butter and bake at 400 F (200) for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through. Don’t overbake! It will be dry. The internal temperature should reach 145 F (65 C) in the thickest part when it is done. Use an instant-read thermometer to check.
I often make basil pesto butter and use it on everything. When using this butter, simply slice it into patties and top each fillet. No need to soften it.
how long to bake salmon
Salmon only needs about 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven to 400°F (200°C). Place salmon skin side down in an oven-proof skillet and bake. Make sure not to overbake the fish.
What to serve with pesto butter salmon
- I prefer to serve it with garlic mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes.
- Cacio e pepe or any kind of pasta is another great option.
- Love rice? Serve it with Instant pot brown rice. It goes really well with fish.
- Quinoa salad with feta cheese is a great healthy option.
- For a low carb dinner, serve it with steamed broccoli, Fattoush salad or Mashed Cauliflower.
How to store cooked salmon
This baked pesto salmon will last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator if stored properly.
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