I always tell myself to eat more fish, I know how nutritionally important it is and that it’s a healthy thing to do. Problem? I don’t love cooked fish. Sushi? Love it, and could eat it every day but give me cooked fish and I push it around my plate.
My goal is to find a few fish recipes that are delicious, easy to make during the week and solve this I don’t like cooked fish problem. Recipe trail number 1, Pan Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Pesto adapted from Bon Appetit. Verdic? I like it. I really liked it. This was easy to make, dinner was ready in 15 minutes and the boyfriend and I loved this. Yeah for a new salmon recipe I like!
Pan Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Pesto (adapted from Bon Appetit)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 2 1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1/2 cup (firmly packed) cilantro leaves and stems
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked coriander seeds
- 1/2 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lime juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 6-ounce salmon fillets (preferably wild)
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin seeds; sauté until beginning to brown and pop, about 2 minutes. Transfer seeds to paper towels to drain; let cool. Reserve skillet.
Pulse 6 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, cilantro, cumin, and garlic in a food processor until coarsely chopped. With machine running, gradually add 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/4 cup oil, then 1/4 cup water, blending until coarse purée forms. Season pesto to taste with salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.
Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in reserved skillet over medium heat. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook until just opaque in center, 3-4 minutes per side. Place fillets on plates. Spoon pesto over. Garnish with remaining pumpkin seeds. Serve with lime wedges.
I served this with wild rice mixed with the remaining cilantro and lime juice. It paired very nicely with the salmon.