October 26, 2021

Pan-Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Pesto


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup (firmly packed) cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked coriander seeds
  • 1/2 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets (preferably wild)
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges


This fall inspired pesto is as versatile as Pride of Bristol Bay wild sockeye salmon.   It pairs perfectly with rice, pasta, roasted vegetables, and chicken, too.  Try it on seared or grilled salmon to add that perfect bright, fresh punch!

Step 1

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin seeds; sauté until beginning to brown and pop, about 2 minutes. Transfer seeds to paper towels to drain; let cool. Reserve skillet.

Step 2

Pulse 6 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, cilantro, coriander seeds, and garlic in a food processor until coarsely chopped. With machine running, gradually add 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/4 cup oil, then 1/4 cup water, blending until coarse purée forms. Season pesto to taste with salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.

Step 3

Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in reserved skillet over medium heat. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook until just opaque in center, 3-4 minutes per side. Place fillets on plates. Spoon pesto over. Garnish with remaining pumpkin seeds. Serve with lime wedges.

Photo Credit & Recipe Epicurious.com


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