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Jamie Oliver's Simple Salmon Recipe With Green Beans and Pesto

Jamie Oliver's Simple Salmon Supper

The last episode of Jamie Oliver's reality TV series Food Revolution just aired on Friday. I have been loving it and thought it was time to try a recipe from his latest cookbook: a scrumptious-sounding salmon dish topped with pesto. Now that Spring is in full force, I am addicted to making pestos and had a spinach and sunflower pesto in the fridge.

The salmon and green beans only take about 15 minutes to cook in an aluminum packet with minimal prep beforehand. While it bakes, the pesto flavor melts into both the moist salmon and perfectly cooked green beans. Of course, if you didn't have the time to make your own pesto, store-bought would work just the same. To add this simple supper to your dinner rotation, keep reading for the recipe.

Spinach and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Spinach and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Spinach Pesto with Sunflower Seeds Recipe

Ingredients

3 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, coarsely grated
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups spinach
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. With a food processor running, drop in garlic and chop. Stop the motor and add sunflower seeds, cheese, salt, and spinach. Process until finely chopped. With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil and process until well blended.

Makes 1 1/3 cup.

Salmon with Green Bean and Spinach Pesto

Salmon with Green Bean and Spinach Pesto

Salmon with Green Bean and Spinach Pesto

Ingredients

2 handfuls of green beans, cleaned and trimmed.
2 lemons, halved
2 (7 ounce) salmon fillets skin on and bones removed
2 heaped tablespoons of spinach pesto
olive oil
sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Use a yard of aluminum foil for each piece of the salmon. Fold the aluminum foil in half. Place a handful of green beans in the center of the foil. Lay a salmon fillet, skin side down across the green beans. Spoon over the top, one tablespoon of spinach pesto. Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the top. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat for the second fillet of salmon. Pull the aluminum foil edges together and scrunch them up to seal the aluminum foil.
  2. Place the aluminum foil packets on a cookie sheet and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, let sit for one minute and check to make sure the salmon is cooked.
  3. To serve plate with a lemon wedge.

Serves 2.

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 5 years
I roast salmon on a bed of green beans every day pretty much! Roasted green beans are awesome... oh and the salmon.. well I don't even have to say how delish that fish is!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 5 years
I'm going to try this out this week!!!!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
I don't have salmon, but still have my steelhead from last time's fishing (and homemade pesto yum)...so will give it a try tonight.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
It looks like duck poop on salmon.Sorry, I like my salmon mostly unadulterated just with salt, pepper and maybe some lemon.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
It looks like duck poop on salmon. Sorry, I like my salmon mostly unadulterated just with salt, pepper and maybe some lemon.
lauren lauren 5 years
Oh, I will have to give that a try mannylove! Sounds delicious and I love easy fish dinners, thanks for the tip!
mannylove mannylove 5 years
I just eyeball it, depending on the size of fish...enough liquid to cover the bottom of the baking pan at least, I had 1 lb of fish, and used juice of 1 whole lemon & about 1/2 cup white wine...and I don't overdo it on the pesto, just a thin layer on top, since the flavor can overpower a more delicate fish.
mannylove mannylove 5 years
I just eyeball it, depending on the size of fish...enough liquid to cover the bottom of the baking pan at least, I had 1 lb of fish, and used juice of 1 whole lemon & about 1/2 cup white wine...and I don't overdo it on the pesto, just a thin layer on top, since the flavor can overpower a more delicate fish.
lauren lauren 5 years
Oh gummibears let me know how it turns with the asparagus, I just might make it with your improvisation! mannylove that sounds DELICIOUS, do you have a recipe or do you just eyeball it ?
lauren lauren 5 years
Oh gummibears let me know how it turns with the asparagus, I just might make it with your improvisation! mannylove that sounds DELICIOUS, do you have a recipe or do you just eyeball it ?
mannylove mannylove 5 years
I made a similar dish this past weekend! Except I used a classic homemade basil pesto & white fish (turbot). In baking dish w/lemon juice & white wine, pesto on top of fish with thinly sliced tomatoes. Delicious!
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
Looks delish. And double score for me since I have some salmon, pesto and I can swap out the green beans for asparagus.
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