Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon

Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon

Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon recipe: A 4 Ingredient dinner that is simply baked in the oven and is the perfect weekday meal!  You’ll love how my healthy Baked Salmon with Pesto and Lemon comes together in less than 20 minutes, is packed with flavor and nutrients.

4 Ingredient Lemon Pesto Salmon

Does anyone else want to cook more fast, fresh and healthy meals this year?  I know I do!  I’ll be sharing some of my favorite quick meals starting with this crazy easy and DELISH Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon recipe.  Expect a lot more goodies over the next few weeks to help you cook more at home this year.

I know how hard it can be to cook healthy food sometimes.  You work long challenging days and you come home mentally and physically drained. You get home and feel like you just can’t do one more thing!  Next time that happens to you, remember this simple Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon recipe.  It’s simply the BEST Baked Salmon with Pesto and Lemon.

Lemon Pesto Salmon-60-7

Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon recipe

I love this Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon recipe because it is made with four ingredients.  FOUR.

Stop by the store and pick up salmon, your favorite prepared pesto, and lemon!  The only other ingredient is olive oil, which you should already have on hand.

Even better if you just keep some of this stuff in your fridge and pantry.  These are all items I keep in my pantry and freezer at all times, so I can throw this together for a quick meal.

Lemon Pesto Salmon-2-1

The salmon only takes around 10 minutes to cook (depending on how thick your piece of fish is and how well done you want it.)  You can literally go from kitchen to table in 15 minutes with this one.

Lemon Pesto Salmon-31-4

Serve with your favorite sides or even just a simple salad.

Lemon Pesto Salmon-56-6

It really doesn’t get any better than that for a weekday meal!  Simple, fast, inexpensive and healthy.

Lemon Pesto Salmon-43-5

I eat mostly plant-based foods, but I am technically a pescatarian and enjoy a fish dish once or twice a week.  This is one that’s often on the menu. The hubs also appreciates the break from the meat-less meals every once in a while.

I hope you enjoy this super simple meal as much as we do!


Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon

My Lemon Pesto Salmon is another flashback Running in a Skirt post from August 2014!  The picture wasn’t terrible, but I wanted to make it brighter, style it better and add some pinable options to the post.


Thanks for coming along for the ride….

Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon

Julie Wunder
Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon is made with only four ingredients! A perfect easy and healthy dinner option. Nice enough for company, but easy enough for a weekday meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Fish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 253 kcal


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 4 teaspoons pesto
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Cooking Spray


  • Preheat over to 400 degrees
  • Cover a glass baking dish in foil and spray with cooking spray
  • Cut lemon in half and slice two thin lemon slices out of the center of the lemon. Set the ends aside.
  • Squeeze half of the rest of the non-sliced lemon over the fish. Save the other half for garnish.
  • Drizzle both sides of each fillet with the olive oil
  • Season both sides with a big pinch of salt & pepper
  • Evenly spread a thin layer of pesto on the top side of each fillet of fish and lay a slice of lemon on top
  • Put in oven for 8-10 minutes until fish barely starts to flake with fork.


Use your favorite store-bought pesto or make your own!


Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 35gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 908mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 270IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon, Pesto Salmon
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!


Find this recipe later by pinning this to your favorite Pinterest board! Thank you so much for the support. 

4 Ingredient Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon

Want more salmon recipes?

Cedar Plank Salmon with Fresh Peach Salsa

Salmon with Peach Salsa


Lemon Salmon with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce

Oven Baked Lemon Salmon with dill sauce for salmon - / Running in a Skirt


Garlic Dill Salmon & Brussels Sprouts (one pan meal)

Easy One Pan Meals - Salmon and Brussels Sprout Bake recipe - only 6 ingredients! / Running in a Skirt


Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon - healthy and quick fish dinner! / Running in a Skirt

Thanks for stopping by today!  Come back tomorrow for a bit of Fashion Sunshine for a cold winter day.

Your turn!

Do you have any simple dishes you make often?

By | 2020-06-02T17:06:25-04:00 January 12th, 2017|Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Food, Lunch, Pescatarian Meals|34 Comments


  1. […] Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon […]

  2. […] it on quinoa, pasta, zoodles, or even as a topping for salmon!  <—this EASY lemon pesto salmon is one you HAVE to […]

  3. […] Easy Lemon Pesto Salmon  […]

  4. […] do you usually eat for dinner? Some of my favorite meals in dinner rotation are salmon with a baked potato and salad, kale pasta, stuffed portobello mushrooms or taco […]

  5. […] Lemon Pesto Salmon from Running In A Skirt with asparagus and baked […]

  6. […] Lemon Pesto Salmon from Running in a Skirt. Just use a homemade low-FODMAP pesto to make this low-FODMAP! […]

  7. Miz Helen January 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Blane Sherer January 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I eat salmon once a week quite regularly.
    I also eat seafood an additional once or twice
    a week. Kind a Kool seeing my earlier response
    to you here back from 2014.

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      haha! Thanks for being so great at commenting! Salmon really is the best.

  9. Patricia @Sweet and Strong January 13, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Oh this sounds so good. I have been putting lemon, garlic, and dill or chili powder and maple syrup on my salmon but haven’t thought of pesto. I love that salmon only needs a few ingredients to flavor it!

  10. Heather @ Polyglot Jot January 13, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Wow! This looks great–I eat fish every now and then too! I bet I could make some vegan pesto for this. This would be perfect for weeknight meal because its so quick!

  11. Susie @ Suzlyfe January 13, 2017 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Couldn’t be easier or more delicous! We celebrate our pets birthdays, at least to tell them so. My mom always had our animals’ bdays in our calendar growing up, so I’ve never known any differently!

  12. Runaway Bridal Planner January 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    4 ingredients, so easy!!
    You definitely have a talent with food photography, I don’t know if I ever told you that before. But seriously you do, and not everyone who blogs about food recipe’s does!!!!

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      I’ve worked so hard to take pretty pictures, so that means a lot to me! Thank you so much!!!

  13. Helly on the Run January 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Yay!! Thanks so much for this!! Yes, I’m one of those who made a New Year’s Resolution to cook more (and healthy) so this is easy and perfect for a beginner like me, lol!

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Such a great resolution! Hope it is going well!

  14. Emily January 12, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

    You really re-styled it so beautifully Julie, and pesto on salmon sounds scrumptious!

  15. Amanda October 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Yum! I’m always looking for new salmon recipes to cook for Jordan and I. I’m a fairly new salmon lover!

  16. Jennifer Hopper September 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    5 stars

  17. Walter Wright August 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply


  18. Jaime August 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    We totally celebrate Chloe’s adoption birthday (she was older when we adopted her.) And I LOVE this recipe. I have all of the ingredients (including frozen homemade pesto!) I’ll definitely try this next week!

  19. Amy Ostwalt August 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Perfect timing! I have a bunch of basil ready to pick and was in search of a good recipe with some fresh pesto!

  20. Rita Castline August 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    We celebrate our cats birthdays! Tomorrow is our Russian Blue Willow’s sixth birthday! Adopted her from TAAG after she was pregnant and lost a litter. The original owners didnt want her anymore

  21. Martha Jones August 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Love your recipes. They are easy to follow with all your pictures. Glad to get these.

  22. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie August 27, 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Happy birthday, Rhett! What a cutie! I love celebrating my pet’s birthdays. Since I don’t have kids yet, I think it’s totally acceptable : )

  23. Lynn Humphreys August 27, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Love pesto! Sounds great. I eat a lot of salmon!
    Happy Birthday, Hound Rhett!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

      I do too! My hubby went fishing in Alaska and I have a freezer of fish to get through!

  24. Blane Sherer August 27, 2014 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday to Rhett !
    I will try your recipe.

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copycat Panera Strawberry Caprese Salad recipe-

Be inspired!


Get healthy recipes, fitness inspiration, travel and twin antics in your inbox! 


Guaranteed to make you smile.

You have Successfully Subscribed!