November 4, 2011

Bon Appetit Pan-Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Pesto

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest I loved fish and ate it frequently. My family never had a lot of money, but luckily we lived in an area where fish was fresh, readily available and much less expensive than other places. One of my favorite types of fish was and still is Salmon. Smoked and fresh salmon are some of my favorite foods, I love them in just about everything. From the time that my two boys turned two they have been eating fish and love it as much, if not more than I do. As I was looking through the November issue of Bon Appetit magazine I came across a recipe for Pan-Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Pesto, which looked delicious and a great way to showcase salmon.

This recipe has 9 ingredients and prepares 4 servings. The total time is approximately 25 minutes, with the full time being active. The ingredients are all basic and I had no problems finding any of them at my local grocery store. I was excited to see that my closest grocery store now carries pumpkin seeds in the produce nut section, which will save me from making multiple trips in the future. I was unable to find cracked coriander seeds, so I reduced the amount needed and substituted ground coriander seed instead. The salmon that I found at my local grocery store was a thinner fillet and took less time to cook than the suggested 3-4 minutes per side. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

A very simple and easy to execute salmon recipe. I love that the pesto is not traditional and uses toasted pumpkin seeds. The taste of the roasted pumpkin seeds is delicious and gives the pesto a nutty undertone. The following day after serving this recipe I used the leftover pesto to serve over rigatoni. The pesto re-heated well and my husband liked it even better as a pasta sauce. A versatile and easy salmon recipe.

For the recipe go to Pan-Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Pesto.

18 comments:

  1. Looks great. I will have to try it. Followed you during the blog hop.

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  2. Yum! Looks so yummy! Thanks so much for joining in on our Tag-Along Thursday blog hop, Em

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  3. @Barb Thanks! I followed you back, have a great weekend :)

    @Em Thanks for the follow! Turns out I follow you from a while back :)

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  4. @Mry Jhnsn Thanks, it was delicious and very easy to make! My family loves salmon!

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  5. I love these ingredients together. I don't eat cooked fish much, but salmon. I definitely prefer sushi or sushimi. Cilantro is just good on anything, and pumpkin seeds are such a treat! What a good one!

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  6. @Mommy The ingredients really do work well together and taste delicious! I love sushi also, yum:)

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  7. Hello!! I found you at the weekend blog hop! I am following you, please come and follow our blog too  http://thoughtsofamotherwifeanddaugther.com

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  8. Hi - I was born and raised in WV although i've been in NC long enough to be called "native". My heart still belongs to WV! found you through Real Mom Review facebook hop - "like" your page!

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  9. @Rebelle Followed you back :) Have a great week!

    @getfitchick I love finding people with connections to WV :) Thanks for the like!

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  10. Stopping by to return the favor to follow your blog. Thanks for the following mine. Stop by tomorrow to my other blog for a Monday Follow
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    Thanks and have a great week! Karren

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  11. @Karren Thanks :) Will check out your blog tomorrow!

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  12. I like this recipe a lot, it is one of my favourites. I`ve tried it this morning and it was very good, thanks for sharing.

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  13. Living in Alaska I am always looking for ways to prepare Salmon! This pesto looks fabulous and I must try it soon! I'm a new follower and plan to be back.Thanks for stopping at my blog http://www.colleensbooknook.com

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  14. Mmm, salmon! I bookmarked your post yesterday and went to buy salmon today and guess what I'm eating right now :D

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  15. @CollensBookNook I'm jealous of you living in Alaska and having access to such great fresh salmon, I miss living in the Pacific Northwest and all the fresh seafood :)

    @Andreea I hope your salmon turned out yummy :) I absolutely love salmon!

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  16. I like that the pesto is pumpkin! I've never had pumpkin pesto before. This would really enhance the flavor of the salmon.

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  17. @Jean I had never had pesto pumpkin before this recipe and now I love it :)

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