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Salmon with Pesto Butter
and cauliflower rice / asparagus

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Since the pesto butter was the star of this meal that we last featured in 2019, we wanted to bring it back. This meal is packed with flavors of spring.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Pan-Seared Asparagus:
  • Asparagus - 10 oz, trimmed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Salmon with Pesto Butter:
  • Butter - 4 Tbsp
  • Basil pesto (ingredients listed separately) - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemons - 1, wedges
  • Salmon fillets - 1 lb
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Cauliflower Rice:
  • Cauliflower florets - 12 oz
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
Basil Pesto (for 2 nights):
  • Pine nuts - 2 Tbsp
  • Garlic - 1 clove, peeled
  • Basil leaves - 1 1/2 oz
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Cauliflower rice - Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Cook rice in one of two ways: 1) Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes and then fold in butter (portion for cauliflower rice). Season with some salt and pepper; or 2) Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add butter (portion for cauliflower rice). Saute cauliflower in heated butter for ~5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make pesto - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) Toast nuts in a dry skillet or frying pan until fragrant and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Peel garlic cloves. Place nuts, garlic, basil leaves, and lemon juice (portion for pesto) in a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are well chopped. With food processor running, drizzle in olive oil until smooth. (Add some additional olive oil if needed to help everything blend.) Season to taste with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make pesto butter - Defrost butter (portion for salmon) in the microwave just until soft. Combine butter with pesto (portion for tonight; reserve remaining pesto for Wednesday). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Asparagus - Trim asparagus. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Lemons - Slice into wedges. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Salmon - Rinse and pat dry. Season with some salt and pepper.

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Make

  1. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (portion for asparagus) and then asparagus. Sear asparagus, turning with tongs to get it started cooking on all sides. Add water and cover the pan with a lid to steam the asparagus until tender, ~3 minutes for thin spears and up to 8 minutes for thick spears. Season with some salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out pan and return to heat. Add cooking oil (portion for salmon). Cook fish on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes total, depending on thickness.
  3. If cauliflower rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice (portion for asparagus) over asparagus.
  5. Serve salmon and asparagus over cauliflower rice. Spoon pesto butter over salmon while fish is still warm. Serve lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (29)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (6)

21 reviews

I don't like basil pesto, so we used a red pesto instead - still delicious! Let the bread in about a minute too long so it was a little burnt on the bottom, but otherwise ok. Didn't think this would be enough so added cut fruit, but we would have been satisfied without it.

By: Jennifer
Posted: May 04, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Loved this! So easy and fast to put together, but looked so fancy!

By: Elissa
Posted: Apr 12, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This meal was simple and delicious!

By: Catherine
Posted: Apr 07, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Loved the pesto butter! Easy and delicious meal. Next time I would season the cod (salmon free household) with something more to add flavor because it seemed to be a little bland.

By: Barbie
Posted: Apr 05, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious and easy.

By: Debra
Posted: Apr 04, 2021
Diet: Original
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We felt the pesto butter was a bit rich with the fatty fish, but delicious on the asparagus and orzo (used orzo instead of couscous)

By: Lindsey
Posted: Apr 01, 2021
Diet: Original
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