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Grilled Italian Pesto Salmon on white oblong platter with lemon slices surrounding the fish, the platter on burgundy stripped dish towel.
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4.91 from 30 votes

Grilled Italian Pesto Salmon 30 Minutes Start to Finish

A quick recipe that yields a buttery, flaky, beautifully grilled pink salmon that will become a family favorite. Five ingredients are all that you need for this outstanding dish that is impressive enough for company.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: main dish, seafood
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 1 salmon fillet 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto we used our homemade pesto* see note
  • 2 green onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • lemon wedges to serve with salmon


  • In a small bowl, whisk the pesto, onions, lemon juice, and garlic. Add a few grinds of pepper and a pinch of salt.
  • Lightly coat the grill rack with cooking oil or spray. Heat grill to medium high heat (350 F.).
  • Once the grill reaches the proper temperature, place salmon skin side down on the grill rack.
  • Grill covered over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon some of the pesto sauce over the salmon taking care it doesn't flame up.
  • Grill 15 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Baste occasionally with the remaining pesto sauce.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.



Whatever salmon you have left over, use the next day on a salad or mix it with pasta for a delicious pasta dish.
*If you're interested in our homemade pesto recipe we'll gladly post it.
Adapted from Taste of Home's Pesto Grilled Salmon Recipe


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.4mg