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Salmon With Sunflower-dill Pesto Sauce

By: John Goins from
Updated June 26, 2020
Salmon With Sunflower-dill Pesto Sauce
Salmon With Sunflower-dill Pesto Sauce

"The rich steak-like texture and flakiness of salmon really shines with this preparation. The result is a rich steak-like salmon with a hint of sweetness to the meat. This recipe is a perfect pairing for rosé or light bodied white wines. If you’re looking for a tasty addition, add some lemon thyme to the pesto. It’s citrus flavor is a great accompaniment to this dish. Try pairing the salmon recipe with: *Garnacha/Grenache Rosé *Bolder Rosé Wines *Lambrusco (especially rosé)"


Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time11 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • 3 cups sunflower seeds
  • 3 cups basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon green onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Sunflower seeds and dill


  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F temp.

  2. Blend sunflower seeds, dill, basil leaves, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil in a blender until a smooth and creamy Pesto.

  3. Season the skin of Salmon fillet with a pinch of salt and pepper. Heated the oil in a frying pan. Sear the salmon for 3 minutes on each side.

  4. Cook the salmon in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.

  5. Serve the salmon with the pesto sauce on top. Garnish with few sunflower seeds and dill over the top and enjoy.

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