Grilled Salmon with Creamy Pesto Sauce


Salmon + Pesto?? Yes! And then let’s make that a creamy pesto shall we? I am all about that salmon lately! What’s new though salmon has always been one of my favorite things to have for dinner. But honestly could they drop the price just a little? I love though when I make it at home I can feed four+ people for what it costs to buy it at a restaurant. And this Grilled Salmon with a simple creamy pesto is just as good as what you’d buy at a nice restaurant!

Grilled Salmon with Creamy Pesto

Grilled Salmon with Creamy Pesto

For this recipe I used homemade pesto because homemade is obviously best but store-bought will work here as well. Then if you don’t want to grill the salmon you can definitely pan sear it as well. Just pat salmon dry with paper towels, season with S&P and cook the salmon in 2 tsp of olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high about 3 minutes per side. And I’m yet to try this with Neufchatel cheese, I’d like to try it sometimes. I’m hoping it will melt as smooth and creamy as the cream cheese does without creating any type of roux first. But this version is oh so perfectly rich and creamy and simply delicious. I’m totally in love! Try it soon!


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Grilled Salmon with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Servings: 4


  • 4 - 6 (6 oz.) skin on or skinless salmon fillets
  • Olive oil, for brushing salmon and grill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, diced into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp homemade or store-bought pesto, plus more for serving* (I used homemade)


  1. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 425 degrees. Brush both sides of salmon with olive oil (about 1 Tbsp total) and season both sides with salt and pepper. Brush grill grates with oil and grill salmon about 3 minutes per side or to desired doneness (if using skin-on salmon grill skin side up first). 

  2. While salmon is grilling, heat cream cheese with milk in a saucepan set over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted, about 1 - 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pesto.
  3. Serve salmon warm with creamy pesto sauce. Spoon about 1 tsp pesto over creamy pesto sauce for added color and flavor.

  4. Recipe source: adapted from Kraft

Recipe Notes

For a homemade pesto (which you'll have just a little excess left): in a food processor pulse to mince 1 cup (18g) slightly packed fresh basil leaves, 1 clove garlic, 2 Tbsp finely shredded parmesan, 1 Tbsp pine nuts or chopped walnuts, salt and pepper. Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and pulse until well blended. Store in refrigerator.

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  • Jocelyn: This was delicious! I used low-fat cream cheese and baked my salmon on a panini press pan (I don’t have a grill). Thank so much. July 27, 2017 at 9:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Jocelyn! Thanks for your feedback! Happy to hear it worked with light cream cheese I wanted to try that next. July 28, 2017 at 3:48pm Reply

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