Grilled Wild Salmon with Fresh Herb Pesto Aioli

Grilled Salmon w Fresh Herb Pesto Aioli1
serves 8
Hint From Ken:

Try to find the freshest WILD salmon you can and buy when in season from a reputable source. Responsibly farmed salmon can be found when wild is unavailable and is worth doing your homework to get. Make sure to use fresh herbs in pesto aioli for it to work.

 What you’ll need:

-3 lb. Fresh Wild Salmon (cut in 6 oz fillets)

-Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil

-1/4 cup grated grand padano or parmesan reggiano cheese

-Juice of 1/2 lemon

-1 garlic clove
-1/4 cup of walnut pieces
-1/4 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley
-1/4 cup of fresh rosemary leaves
-1/4 cup of fresh thyme leaves
-1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
-1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt
-1/8 teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper
-1/4 cup of dry white wine


 Lay salmon skin side down on pan and lightly brush with olive oil and dust with freshly cracked pepper.

Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while preparing grill.


In a small food processor…combine 1/2 cup of olive oil with cheese, lemon juice, garlic, walnuts, salt, pepper and herbs and blend into a pesto.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small skillet on medium heat…add wine and whisk…spoon in pesto mixture and whisk together…reduce to low heat…

Grilled Salmon w Fresh Herb Pesto Aioli2


Brush a clean grill grate with olive oil to prevent sticking…

Grill Salmon Skin side down for 2 to 3 minutes with grill top open.

Then gently slide metal spatula between skin and fish and carefully flip.
(With a fork remove grilled skin and discard.) Grill for 2 more minutes with grill top closed…(based on a 3 inch thick filet…maybe a minute longer if thicker but do not over cook or will be dry…Try not to flip more than once)

Transfer fish to pan and loosely place a sheet of tin foil over…

 Let rest for 5 minutes.

Spoon pesto aioli over warm fish filets and brush on evenly.

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