I don’t know why, but I always feel really decadent when I eat this baked salmon recipe. Granted, salmon isn’t cheap which probably contributes to the feeling of decadence, but there is something else (and I’m not sure what) that induces the feeling of real indulgence. Maybe because it always tastes so good, it’s like you’re at a great restaurant and not your own dining table. Or maybe it’s because it tastes so great and is secretly good for you too. Or maybe it’s because it looks so fantastic, even uncooked. Whatever it is, salmon is always a joy to eat.
Although I’m happy to eat salmon any way (even canned salmon is a staple in my kitchen), this is my favourite baked salmon recipe. I make it as often as I can and the whole family loves it. Another bonus is how easy and quick it is to make.
Baked Salmon Recipe
4 salmon steaks
6 slices of bread, crusts removed
2 tablespoons pesto
Preheat oven to 200C. Grease or line a baking dish of sufficient size to hold the salmon.
Place the bread in a food processor and process until it is a fine crumb mixture. Combine pesto with the crumbs.
Place salmon into dish and gently press pesto crumb mixture onto the top of the salmon. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. The crumb mixture should be golden and the fish cooked through. Serve with crispy potatoes and salad.
The Klutzy Cook Notes
- Pesto can be freshly made or the jar variety, whatever suits best.
- Take the effort to make the fresh breadcrumbs, they are essential for this recipe. You can use any bread – I usually use multigrain.