Baked Salmon with Pesto and Roasted Vegetables

Baked Salmon with pesto and roasted vegetables is a healthy dish made with simple ingredients and is a perfect weekday night meal.

But before we dive into the recipe and method I would like to say that this is my first time cooking this fish and there were a series of questions that went through my mind when cooking it.

Baked Salmon with Pesto

What if I overcook it? How long does it take to cook?  When do you know its done?

What to do with the salmon skin? Should I take it off or leave it as is?

If you are in the same boat as I am then read along as I answer all these questions down below.

 

Since, it was my first time cooking I opted for the easy method- Wrapping it in a FOIL and BAKING it and let my oven do the cooking!

Baked Salmon with Pesto

 

In order to start, first, clean the salmon and marinate it with salt and pepper. Add a heavy tablespoon of pesto (Get the recipe here) and spread it all over the fish. I like to place few lemon slices on top so that the juices are absorbed into the fish while it bakes. It gives a beautiful aroma to the dish and you get a nice lemony taste in every bite.

Pre heat your oven to 350F/180C and bake it for 30-35 minutes.

Do not open it at once, let it sit for about 5 minutes and open the foil when you are about to have your dinner. That way you get a nice warm salmon on your plate!

Baked Salmon with Pesto

I, personally, did not like the skin and  removed it before plating with a wide spatula. The salmon was cooked (thank God) and flaked easily with a fork.

Added some roasted veggies on the side and topped it off with some avocado pieces.

Baked Salmon with Veggies

Ingredients:
1 Salmon fillet
1 Tablespoon Basil Pesto (Get the recipe here)
Salt and Pepper as per taste
3-4 Lemon slices
1 tsp Olive Oil
Other:
Foil to wrap Salmon
Roasted vegetables of your choice (Broccoli, carrots, potatoes)
Half Avocado cut into pieces (garnish)

Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C
2. Marinate the salmon with Salt+Pepper and pesto. Dot it with 3-4 lemon slices on top and drizzle about a teaspoon of Olive Oil.
3. Wrap it in a foil and bake it at 350F/180C for 30-35 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes.
5. Have it with some roasted vegetables of your choice and also add few avocado pieces as toppings.
6. Enjoy a healthy weekday meal!

Baked Salmon with Pesto

Note: You can double the measurements while making two salmon fillets. The measurements listed here are for one.

 

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