Salmon Recipes & Techniques
- 4 - 6 (6 oz.) skin on or skinless salmon fillets
- Olive oil, for brushing salmon and grill
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 oz. cream cheese, diced into small cubes
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp homemade or store-bought pesto, plus more for serving* (I used homemade)
Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 425 degrees. Brush both sides of salmon with olive oil (about 1 Tbsp total) and season both sides with salt and pepper. Brush grill grates with oil and grill salmon about 3 minutes per side or to desired doneness (if using skin-on salmon grill skin side up first).
While salmon is grilling, heat cream cheese with milk in a saucepan set over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted, about 1 - 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pesto.
Serve salmon warm with creamy pesto sauce. Spoon about 1 tsp pesto over creamy pesto sauce for added color and flavor.
Recipe source: adapted from Kraft
For a homemade pesto (which you'll have just a little excess left): in a food processor pulse to mince 1 cup (18g) slightly packed fresh basil leaves, 1 clove garlic, 2 Tbsp finely shredded parmesan, 1 Tbsp pine nuts or chopped walnuts, salt and pepper. Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and pulse until well blended. Store in refrigerator.