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Dill Pesto Salmon

My Dill Pesto Salmon is ready in 30 minutes making it perfect for impressing guests or a weeknight dinner. It's a fully gluten-free dish that pairs deliciously with smashed potatoes or your favourite greens, it's a healthy, flavorful dish that's easy to prepare in the air fryer.

Looking for a dish that will leave you feeling satisfied and doesn’t take long to make? My Dill Pesto Salmon is exactly what you need. This dish is prepared in under 30 minutes in the air fryer and you can pair it with absolutely anything! With minimal ingredients, it’s a quick fix for a hungry belly. I created it with my homemade pesto sauce which you can find here and if you’re really in the pesto mood it goes nicely with my smashed potatoes recipe which you can find here.

What you will need to make your own Dill Pesto Salmon

  • Salmon Filets: As you know; one of my favourite things ever is salmon! It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is not only heart-healthy but also great for brain health. It’s a high-quality protein source that’s also packed with B vitamins.
  • Dill Pesto: My homemade dill pesto is made with fresh dill. Did you know dill is known for its digestive benefits? Get the recipe here
  • Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper: Keeping it simple so the dill can shine; adding salt and pepper to the salmon simply enhances the natural flavours of the salmon without overpowering them.

Gather your ingredients so you can create a dish that’s not only mouth-wateringly delicious but also packs a punch in terms of health benefits.

Why quality salmon matters

This Salmon recipe is a prime example of how high-quality ingredients can elevate a dish. I always recommend getting to know your local fishmonger – trust me, it pays off! For this recipe, aim for a thick cut of salmon to create a generous pocket for the dill pesto, ensuring each bite is as flavorful as possible. There’s something magical about this beautiful fish that always draws me back into the kitchen. I adore its versatility, whether I’m grilling, baking, or tossing it into an air fryer, salmon always turns out wonderfully. 

Let’s talk about Air Fryers

Who wants to make a big messy meal in the middle of a busy work week? Not me! This is why I love meal prepping and LOVE my air fryer. The two sort of go hand in hand. During the week I typically like to cook a meal that will last me for another two meals minimum; which is why this salmon dish is so perfect. Being able to throw a few pieces into the air fryer and store them in the fridge for a few future meals makes my life easier and if you’ve been here for a while you will know that I put everything in my air fryer. From breakfast to dessert there is something we can enjoy from an air fryer! If you don’t have one I HIGHLY recommend checking out this one by Ninja.

Don’t forget to make your own dill pesto with my recipe here and make this salmon dish. Whether it’s a dinner party or just looking for a satisfying yet straightforward meal, this Dill Pesto Salmon is sure to delight. It’s fancy enough for special occasions but easy enough for a weeknight dinner. Serve it with smashed potatoes, or your favourite greens, and you’ve got a meal that’s sure to leave everyone at the table asking for seconds!

If you’re in the pesto mood make sure you check out these two recipes as well Orzo with Ramp Pesto, or my Vegan Pesto and Bean Pasta!

Dill Pesto Salmon

Teri-Ann Carty
If you are looking for a 30 minute meal that will wow your family and friends you are in the right spot. You all know my love for dill pesto runs deep and while I've used it in so many recipes in the past, now it gets a glow-up featuring gorgeous salmon filets. This dinner was so good that it left both the mister and I salivating for more but it also satisfied us on all the levels. I served this tasty fish dish with my SMASHED POTATOES and a little roasted fennel but you could eat it with aspargaus, green beans, bok choy, sauteed spinach or kale.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 2


  • airfryer


  • 2 salmon filet thick cut
  • ½ cup dill pesto
  • sea salt and cracked pepper


  • Preheat the air fryer at 390 for 3 minutes.
  • Season the fish with salt and cracked pepper. Patting the seasoning into the fish on all sides.
  • Use a sharp pairing knife to cut a slit into the tickest pasrt of the salmon. Use your fingers to help open up the hole. Be careful not to cut through to the other side. You are looking to create a little pocket for the pesto.
  • Spoon 1-2 tbsp of pesto into the hole. Smear the top and sides of the salmon with the pesto.
  • Place the fish on a small piece of parchment paper.
  • Carefully place parchment and fish into the airfryer. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with vegetables of your choice.
Keyword air fryer, dairy free, easy salmon recipe, gluten free, pesto

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