Poached Salmon with Arugula Pesto

by Erica Dinho on June 20, 2009

Salmon con Pesto Or Salmon with Pesto Sauce

Salmon con Pesto Or Salmon with Pesto Sauce

Salmon is one of my favorite fish and I am always looking for different ways to prepare it. This Salmon with Pesto Sauce recipe is very easy to make and the arugula pesto adds a great touch to the fish. This is one of those dishes that you can make very quickly for last minute entertaining. I happen to have some arugula left over from a salad I made this week so I made an arugula pesto but you can also use your favorite pesto.



(Serves 4)


  • 1 ½ pound salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 lime, cut into thick slices
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Arugula Pesto

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Fish:
  2. Place the water in a large saucepan, add the lime and bring to a boil. Add the salmon fillets.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and using a slotted spoon, transfer the fish to a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. Arugula Pesto:
  5. Place the arugula, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and process until a smooth paste is formed.
  6. Add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and process for about 20 seconds.
  7. To serve place the salmon in a serving plate, season with salt and pepper and spoon the pesto over the top.
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 justcooknyc June 20, 2009 at 8:06 AM

i think i’d love this


2 nora@ffr June 20, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Oh wow, absolutely gorgeous!


3 Ruth June 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Gorgeous recipe! so simple, like the way you used up the Arugula!


4 rebecca subbiah June 20, 2009 at 9:54 PM

love it, i am also looking for new salmon recipes, I so need to make pesto more!


5 Sophie June 22, 2009 at 5:21 AM

What a lovely, lovely salmon dish!
I love rocket pesto!


6 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 22, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Arugula pesto sounds excellent, perfect to complement the salmon!


7 Soma June 22, 2009 at 3:21 PM

We do fish quite a few time a week.. the pesto u have done is cool. sounds like summer:-)


8 Allison Lemons June 22, 2009 at 8:28 PM

I love Salmon with arugula, and I’m sure it’s even better with arugula pesto. Great recipe


9 Angie's Recipes June 22, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I cook seafood pretty often, esp. fish…..
Salmon served with arugula salad sounds and looks just delicious!


10 Angie's Recipes June 22, 2009 at 10:40 PM

I cook seafood pretty often, esp. fish…..
Salmon served with “arugula pesto” sounds and looks just delicious!

p.s. Just noticed I wrote “Salad” ….


11 HannahBanana aka Amanda June 25, 2009 at 10:13 PM

I LOVE SALMON! This recipe sounds delicious and good for you too!
Great site by the way, I’ll be following it!


12 Anonymous June 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

I made this for lunch yesterday and my husband kissed me for a long time. It was fantastic. We loved it. I will make it again.


13 Sandra July 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

My husband made this yesterday for lunch and it was another beautiful dish!!!We loved it.


14 Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Tastes amazing, easy to make
This is a great recipe. I altered it a bit but I made this for Thanksgiving last year and everyone loved it.


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