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Pesto Fish Dish

This dish has a lot of variations depending on what you are going for with your macro diet. I will start with the original recipe found in Better Homes and Garden Cook BookThen I will give you my versions of this recipe.  I have found pesto, the secret ingredient for this recipe works on almost any type of fish.

Salmon with Pesto Mayo

4 5- to 6 ounce fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets

2 tablespoons crumbled firm-textured bread

1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

3 tablespoons purchased basil pesto

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Thaw fish, if frozen.  Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels.  Set aside.  Place crumbled bread in a shallow baking pan.  Broil 4 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until bread crumbs are lightly toasted, stirring once.  Set bread crumbs aside.

Measure the thickness of the fish.  Place fish on the greased unheated rack of broiler pan, tucking under anything edges.  Broil 4 inches from heat for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.  (If fillets are 1 inch thick, turn once halfway through broiling.)

Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together mayonnaise and pesto; set aside.  Combine toasted bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Spoon mayonnaise mixture over fillets.  Sprinkle with crumb mixture.  Broil 1 to 2 minutes more or until crumbs are lightly browned. (Darling, 285)

Variation 1: low carb

Instead of bread crumbs use pine nuts

Instead of broiling the fish grill it.  Wrap the salmon in foil and grill it on low heat.  Right before you are ready to take it off the grill, open the foil and add the mayonnaise and pesto mixture.  Then add the pine nut and cheese mixture.

Variation 2: low fat and low carb

This recipe works with any kind of white fish, not just salmon.

Bake the fish in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until fully cooked.  Once the fish is cooked add 1-2 tablespoons of pesto (no mayonnaise, just use plain pesto).  chop up salted and roasted almonds into tiny little bits.  Sprinkle the almond bits on top of the pesto.  If the fish is dry add some lemon juice to the top of the pesto and almond paste.

 

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Works Cited:

Darling, Jennifer D. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. 12th ed., Meredith Corporation, 2003.

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