Pan Seared Salmon and Scallops with Macadamia-Cilantro Pesto Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Pan Seared Salmon and Scallops with Macadamia-Cilantro Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Pan Seared Salmon and Scallops with Macadamia-Cilantro Pesto

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"Try to get wild Alaskan king salmon if it's in season. But any salmon will do, just make sure it's fresh. However, if there are no good quality scallops available, just omit them."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings

Directions

  1. Prepare macadamia-cilantro pesto by placing macadamia nuts, cilantro, green onion, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and macadamia nut oil into the bowl of a blender. Puree until smooth, adding more oil if needed; season to taste with kosher salt.
  2. Heat two very large skillets over medium-high heat with two tablespoons of oil each until smoking. Season the salmon and scallops to taste with kosher salt. Sear salmon fillets, meat-side down, until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes. Flip over, and cook on the skin-side 5 minutes to desired doneness. Place seared salmon onto serving plates, then sear the scallops until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. To serve, spoon some of the macadamia-cilantro pesto over the salmon, and garnish with two seared scallop pieces.
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  • PREP 25 mins
  • COOK 15 mins
  • READY IN 40 mins
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 19, 2008

I had very high hopes for this recipe because it sounded SO good and I followed it to a "T". I think this recipe should just be listed with the pesto on it's own. I think I would've liked the pesto better on another type of protein. Perhaps a seared beef on some orrechiette pasta. Really, you could use the Pesto on anything. I would make a couple changes to it though. Unfortunately, I couldn't find macadamia oil and I wish I had because I think it really is essential to this recipe. There was something about the raw taste of the garlic that I didn't enjoy (and I LOVE garlic)...next time maybe I would use garlic powder or roasted garlic. But overall, Thanks for the recipe...it really was an amazing combination of flavors...so many flavors!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
May 29, 2012

The salmon tasted divine - yumm!! The pesto was over-powered by the lemon juice & zest, so going to try it with only a squeeze of lemon juice next time.

 

11 Ratings

Jul 18, 2011

I was hesitant about making a pesto that was not the traditional basil/parmesan pesto - but WOW this pesto was incredibly refreshing and delightful. I wanted the salmon to have more flavour, so I added a pinch of black pepper, thyme, garlic powder, and oregano before searing it. I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil to sear the salmon and scallops b/c it has a higher smoke rate. I really enjoyed this recipe!!! I found that using a microplane grater w/ the ginger was extremely beneficial.

 
Mar 16, 2009

Pretty good! I made some changes - I used shrimp instead of scallops and served it all with linguine and halved cherry tomatoes.

 
Jan 02, 2009

Very tasty. I didn`t use ginger in the pesto and it was delicious too. I agree you may use this pesto on anything.

 
Apr 02, 2008

Very tasty, fast and easy to make. The cilantro-maca pesto is a recipe worth knowing on its own.

 
Dec 14, 2009

Used the pesto on salmon. Skipped the ginger and poached the garlic to cut the sharpness. Delicious! Would be great on many proteins or pasta.

 
May 17, 2008

This is a 'Winner' recipe!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 530 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.4 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 90 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 39.4 g
  • 61%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 39.4 g
  • 79%
  • Sodium
  • 267 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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