Saturday, December 31, 2011

Broiled Pesto Salmon

Since we opted to stay home for New Year's Eve this year, I decided to make a restaurant-worthy meal for DH and I.  This meal was inspired by a salmon dish I had eaten once at a restaurant (I can't remember the name) several years ago.  I don't really measure much so the following measurements are approximations.


2 Salmon fillets (one serving size each)
1 package (8 oz) sliced baby portabella mushrooms
1 bag (10 oz) fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1-2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
juice from half a lemon
2 tablespoons basil pesto
salt and pepper to taste

Set Broiler to HIGH

Melt 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Add mushrooms and saute until they are brown and tender.  Salt and pepper to taste after mushrooms have browned.  (adding salt before they are cooked will pull the moisture out of mushrooms).

While the mushrooms are cooking, season both sides of each salmon fillet with salt, pepper and dill weed.  Line a deep metal pan with a piece of foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Place the fillets on the foil, topping each with a small drizzle of olive oil and a dab of butter.  Broil on HIGH for 5-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you prefer your fish.

As the fish is cooking, add the entire bag of baby spinach leaves to the cooked mushrooms and continue to heat until the spinach begins to wilt.  Add a pinch of nutmeg, toss.  Remove skillet from heat and add Parmesan cheese.  Toss to mix the cheese throughout the spinach.

Remove the fillets from the broiler.  Squeeze the lemon juice over the hot fillets.  Spoon half of the spinach mixture onto a plate, creating a bed for the salmon.  Place the salmon fillet on top of the spinach.  Repeat with the remaining spinach and remaining fillet.  Top each fillet, while they are still hot, with a spoonful of pesto.  Serve with a side of your choice.  (I chose a boxed garlic and herb couscous).

Serves 2


  1. Thank you! For a "little guy" my hubby sure can eat. Gotta keep him happy! Lol!