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Basil Pesto Salmon with Spinach

  • Easy
  • Gluten-free
  • Microwave



Prepare this delicious, heart-healthy and vitamin-rich dinner in minutes. With short cook times, using the microwave to prepare your meal is a great cooking method to preserve most nutrients. Serve with wild brown rice, orzo or couscous.




Place the spinach into a large microwave-proof casserole dish and cover with a glass top or plastic wrap to lock in steam. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.


Add the butter and nutmeg, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.


Place the salmon skin-side down into another microwave-proof casserole dish. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.


Brush each fillet with 1 tbsp of the pesto. Cover the dish tightly with a glass top or plastic wrap to lock in the steam. Cook on Power 7 for 5 minutes.


Check the centre of the fish for doneness – it should flake apart easily when poked with a fork. If undercooked, continue to cook at 30 second intervals. Do not overcook fish. Let stand, covered, for 3 minutes before serving.


Squeeze lemon over fish and garnish with chopped basil, if desired. Serve with spinach.


Basil Pesto Salmon with Spinach

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Adjust Servings:
1 bunch (312 g) baby spinach
2 tbsp unsalted butter
0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
1 lb salmon filet preferably centre cut, cut into 4 equal portions
1 tsp garlic powder
0.25 cup pesto preferably homemade or from the refrigerator section of the grocery store
Fresh chopped basil and lemon wedges for serving optional
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