Salmon with Chile Pesto

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 5 dried ancho chilis stems and seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 6-oz. salmon steaks


  • In a large bowl, add chilies and boiling water and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let stand 15 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup chile water.
  • In a food processor, add chilies, reserved water, olive oil, almonds, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes and sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Pulse 1 to 2 minutes until smooth.
  • On an indoor grill, over medium high heat grill salmon 3 to 4 minutes per side until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve fish with chile pesto.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Sauteed zucchini and yellow squash.
VEGETARIAN: Use eggplant instead of salmon.
GLUTEN FREE: No changes necessary.
NUTRITION: 400 Calories; 22g Fat; 38g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 88mg Cholesterol; 128mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain; 5 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Fat.
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