Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies

Recently, I had one of my college BFFs over for dinner. Looking for something easy but awesome for us to make, I whipped us up this delicious Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies. Flavorful, quick, and satisfying – try it!

pesto baked salmon with veggies

I got creative with what I already had in the fridge – I had a jar of pesto that needed some love, some frozen salmon in the freezer (Matt hates salmon – perfect time to use it), and some zucchini and squash from the farmers market. Perfect! My friend, Turner, also brought over some tomatoes that we added to the mix.

pesto baked salmon easy dinner

This recipe was SO easy and came out really delicious, too. Definitely one to try yourself (and one I’ll be making again soon – I think even Matt might like salmon this way)!

pesto baked salmon recipe

The full recipe is below, but for those who like photos of the process, here you go! I lined a pan with some foil, drizzled a little olive oil on it, then layered sliced zucchini, squash, and tomatoes in there. Then, I popped the salmon on top, put a spoonful of pesto on top of each piece, and spread it around more evenly. Homemade pesto would be even more awesome than jarred – if you want to make your own, check out my Spinach Basil Pesto recipe!

pesto baked salmon how to make

Bake, then serve over quinoa or rice! So easy.

pesto baked salmon

Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies

Serves 2 to 3, depending how large your salmon fillets are.

This recipe is simple, delicious, and nutritious. Feel free to omit the zucchini or squash – or just use one or the other. The tomatoes are a must – they made this dish!


  • 2 salmon fillets, fresh or defrosted
  • 1 small (or half a large) zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small (or half a large) squash, sliced
  • 1 to 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. pesto (jarred or homemade – try my Spinach Basil Pesto!)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (prepared according to package directions)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400.

1) Cover a baking dish with tin foil; spread a little olive oil in the pan (or use cooking spray) so the food doesn’t stick.

2) Layer sliced zucchini, squash, and tomato in the pan.

3) Place salmon fillets in dish on top of veggies, put 1 Tbsp. pesto on top of each piece of salmon. Spread it around so it’s evenly covered.

4) Cover the pan with tin foil; leave a little space for steam to escape. Put the dish in the oven at 400 for about 18 minutes; check to make sure it’s cooked through before taking it out.

5) Serve on top of quinoa – about 1/2 cup quinoa per person. Enjoy!

how to make pesto salmon

Can’t wait to make this again!

Want more easy fish/seafood recipes that will win over even fish haters? Give these a shot:


  1. 1

    We totally have thesame dishes!

  2. 2

    This recipe looks delicious….putting it on my “to make” list now! By the way, love the apron. ;)

  3. 3

    I’ll have you know that I was still 29 last Thursday, a totally acceptable age to be watching Vampire Diaries (this week will be a whole other story)

  4. 5

    Oh my gosh, I can’t imagine hating salmon! Hopefully you can find a recipe that will turn him into a convert!

    This recipe looks great…I have some pesto in my fridge, too, that needs some attention…. :)

  5. 6

    Looks Delish! Love that Omega filled dinner…..tastes good, and make you look good! :-)

    And………Happy Halloween! :-)

  6. 7

    My mom has been on a fish kick so I’ll have to pass this along to her! I know her and my dad would love it!

  7. 9

    sigh.. vampire diaries.. we can still be friends i guess…

  8. 11

    How can anyone hate salmon! It’s so delicious! Looks like a yummy recipe :D

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  9. 12
    Adventurer says

    Now, that looks awesome! (And no garlic – ?) Really nice. Remember it, pls!

  10. 13

    Yum, I’m always looking for new salmon recipes. Def going to try this one soon. Thanks!

  11. 14

    Oh yeah…31 here and just recently got tuned into Vampire Diaries :)

  12. 16

    Thanks for sharing – I love finding new things/ways to cook with salmon.

  13. 17

    The salmon looks delish.

    I’m also kind of embarrassed to say it, but I’m way older than 30 and I watch The Vampire Diaries, too. :-)

  14. 19

    Tonight is my turn to cook and I knew I would find something delightfully tasty on your site! On a side note, my wife and I record, “Vampire Diaries” and watch during dinner. :)

  15. 21

    In the description with the photos for this recipe, you say you put the sliced veggies in the pan first and topped with the salmon (“I lined a pan with some foil, drizzled a little olive oil on it, then layered sliced zucchini, squash, and tomatoes in there. Then, I popped the salmon on top,”), but in the recipe below the photos you say “3) Throw sliced zucchini, squash, and tomato on top of salmon/pesto.” So, which is it? Salmon on top of veggies or veggies on top of salmon?


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