This is my way of doing a very easy salmon from Costco…
I hope everyone who tries this has the success I’ve had with this great tasting, and healthy, family favorite.
Serves 3 – 4
Total Time: >30 min.
Prep Time: 5 – 15 min.
Cook Time: 12 – 15 min.
* 2 Pounds of Salmon
* Seasoned Garlic Powder
* 4 tbsp Pesto Butter (or regular butter)
* 3 Sprigs of Dill Weed
* Optional: corn starch, or slice of bread, & olive oil spray
* Preheat oven to 400F
* Prep fish
* Bake fish on top rack for 10-min.
* Broil for 2 – 5 min.
Step 1: The Fish
This recipe starts with Costco’s prepackaged Salmon Milano w/ Basil Pesto Butter. Typically this is packaged in an oven-ready tray, containing 3-4 salmon steaks, garnished with pesto butter, dill, and herbs. All this recipe calls for beyond what Costco includes is the seasoned garlic powder, and a slice of bread, or corn starch.
Alternatively, you can use just plain salmon, dill, and butter mixed with a spoonful of basil pesto, or just plain butter.
Step 2: Preheat
When you are ready to get cook’n, preheat the oven to 400F degrees. An electric oven will finish preheating about the time you finish prepping the fish.
Step 3: Remove Cover From Tray
Step 5: Set Aside Pesto Butter and Dill
Step 5: Cut Salmon Steaks in Half Lengthwise
The large salmon steaks can end up a little raw in the center and overdone on the edges. Slicing them in half helps cook the fish evenly. Typically an adult will eat 2 of the smaller steaks, but it’s nice for portion control to have the ability to take just 1 if preferred.
Note: If you are not going to use bread crumbs, but would like a nice crispy surface on the fish, this is the point where you should lightly coat the steaks in cornstarch.
Step 6: Layout Steaks in Pan
Step 7: Garlic Garni
Step 8: Coat With Garlic Garni
Step 9: Finished With the Garlic Garni
Step 10: Slice the Pesto Butter
Thinly slice the included pesto butter. One the balls is more than enough for all the salmon.
Note: Chilled butter is the easiest to slice, and apply.
* Save remaining pesto butter for another dish. Keep in mind that it has been in contact with raw fish.
Step 11: Distribute Pesto Butter
Step 12: Now the Dill
Step 13: Distribute Dill Evenly
Step 14: To Breadcrumb or Not to Bread Crumb?
To help give a crust the the salmon I’ll dust it with some bread crumbs.
I don’t stock breadcrumbs, but we can make our own if we have some bread. You can also use store bought bread crumbs or panko crumbs.
I’m a little on the fence with this as I’ve had mixed results. It is easy for the bread crumbs to burn.
* You can coat the fish in a light dusting of cornstarch, which will allow the fish’s surface to crisp up nicely under the broiler.
Step 15: Lightly Dust
If you decide to try going with a bread crumb dusting, break a slice in half and very lightly rub the two pieces together over the fish. Patience and a light touch are needed for a fine dust, otherwise you’ll end up with clumps of bread on your fish.
Step 16: Olive Oil Pump Aerosol
Step 17: Lightly Coat With Olive Oil Spray
Step 18: Place on Top Rack of Oven
Step 19: After 10 Minutes, Then Broil
Step 20: Pull Them Out When They Look Perfect
Step 21: Plate & Dive In