Walnut Crusted Pesto Salmon
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5 from 5 votes

Walnut Crusted Pesto Salmon

For my Walnut Crusted Pesto Salmon I pressed fresh, chopped California Walnuts on all sides and topped the baked salmon with a homemade walnut pesto instead of the traditional pine nuts. Tender and flakey, this salmon is baked, quick and on the table in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: pesto crusted salmon recipe, pesto salmon, walnut crusted salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 1 lb boneless salmon filets
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup pesto


  • Allow salmon to come to room temperature before cooking and preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Sprinkle both sides of the salmon filets with salt and pepper.
  • Chop walnuts or pulse in food processor until fine crumb. Place in a shallow, rimmed dish. Press salmon into walnuts to coat on all sides. Place in oven proof baking dish or foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle tops with oil.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Turn broiler on high and broil for 3 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, top with pesto and allow to rest 3 minutes. Serve over lightly dressed spinach greens and tomatoes (optional), or your favorite sides.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1.5mg