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Recipe - Salmon With Cilantro Pesto

Vibrant orange salmon fillets get a double dose of crunchy almonds, one in the pesto and one in the topping.

Updated November 12, 2021

Vibrant salmon fillets get a double dose of crunchy almonds, one in the pesto and one in the topping. The lovely green pesto is easy to make and gets a delightful flavor boost - without salt - from the garlic-herb seasoning blend. For a quick and pretty dish, scatter the almonds over the surface, as instructed below. If you prefer a fancier presentation, after spreading the pesto over the salmon, slightly overlap the almonds on the fillets to resemble fish scales, then bake as directed.


  • Cooking spray (optional)
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 3 ounces each), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (also add 1/4 cup sliced almonds for topping)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free garlic-herb seasoning blend


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • In a food processor or blender, make the pesto by combining the cilantro, chicken broth, almonds, Parmesan cheese and garlic-herb seasoning and process for 15 to 20 seconds, or until slightly chunky.
  • Place the fillets about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Spread the pesto evenly over the top of the fillets. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup almonds.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Serves 4; 3 ounces fish and 1 tablespoon pesto per serving


Calories: 206

Total Fat: 9.5 g

Cholesterol: 66 mg

Sodium: 129 mg

Carbohydrates: 2 g

Fiber: 1 g

Sugars: 0 g

Protein: 28 g

This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association.