Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes is delicious all year, even when you have to use basil pesto from a jar! 

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Today I want to remind you about this Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes. This is one of those no-fail perfect recipes that’s always delicious whenever you make it, but if you still have some fresh garden tomatoes (and maybe even some homemade Basil Pesto with Lemon in the fridge) this is even better. In my small garden I’m still getting a few tomatoes, and I just made some pesto with the last of my basil that was growing in the window, so this looks like a great idea for an early fall dinner.

But even if you don’t have a garden, or your garden tomatoes are long gone, or if you have to use mid-winter tomatoes and pesto from the store, this recipe will always produce spectacular results! It was adapted from Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times, where Bittman used tomatoes and fresh basil to top salmon that was baked in foil.

And no disrespect to Mark Bittman, but I think my variation of using pesto to replace the fresh basil might even have been an improvement! Check out My Favorite Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Pesto for more tasty ideas for using basil pesto!

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Easy Steps to Make Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes:

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  1. Let salmon come to room temperature while you preheat the oven or toaster oven and the baking sheet.
  2. Make a double layer of foil, drizzle a little olive oil on the foil, lay on the salmon pieces, and season the fish. I always season fish with Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link), but use any seasonings you like if you don’t have that.
  3. Top each piece of salmon with a thin layer of pesto and some slices of tomato.
  4. Wrap up the packets, folding over the ends a couple of times.
  5. Bake at 450 F for 15 minutes. Then let sit a few minutes before carefully opening packet.
  6. Serve hot, and enjoy!

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Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

You can serve Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes right in the foil if you’d like, for a dinner that’s sure to please anyone who likes salmon. Add something like Cucumbers Caesar or Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad for a low-carb meal!

More Low-Carb Ideas for Cooking with Pesto:

Easy Baked Pesto Chicken ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Red Peppers with Pesto and Goat Cheese ~ Aggie’s Kitchen
Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pesto Zucchini Lasagna Rolls ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Low-Carb Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes finished dish on serving plate
Yield: 2 servings

Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes is so good, even when you don't have fresh summer tomatoes!


  • 2 6 oz. salmon fillets
  • fish rub of your choice; see note (this is optional but recommended)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil (to grease foil)
  • 4 tsp. basil pesto (see notes)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. (see notes)
  2. Place a baking sheet in oven to heat while you prep the salmon.
  3. Tear two pieces of foil, big enough to wrap salmon with some overlapping.
  4. Place foil pieces one on top of the other.
  5. Put about 2 tsp. olive oil in center of top piece of foil and lay salmon on top of oil.
  6. Season salmon with Szeged Fish Rub or other seasonings of your choice.
  7. Spread each piece of salmon with about 2 tsp. basil pesto.
  8. Arrange sliced tomatoes over pesto so they cover the top of the salmon.
  9. Wrap salmon securely in foil, doubling over the seam and ends several times.
  10. Place salmon packet on heated baking sheet and cook 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven after 15 minutes and let sit 2-3 minutes.
  12. Then open carefully and serve immediately, while salmon and tomatoes are hot.


For years I have used Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) but any seasoning blend that tastes good on fish will work in this recipe. You can use pesto from a jar here with good results, although obviously homemade pesto is even better.

I baked this in my Oster toaster oven (affiliate link) which is a good idea when the weather starts heating up.

Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times (affiliate link).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 575Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 211mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 62g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Foil-Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes is a wonderful meal for low-carb eating plans, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. Tomatoes do have some carbs, but there’s not a lot of tomato in this recipe.

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