California King Salmon Recipe with Lemon-Caper Pesto and Zucchini

California King Salmon Recipe with Lemon-Caper Pesto and ZucchiniI’m generally pretty laid back.

I hang out in my sweats, I wear flip-flops or Uggs, and I love to have casual dinner parties on my sofa, where I serve a cozy one-pot meal!

While I didn’t put heels on or anything, (let’s not get too crazy), I did recently make a “fancy” dinner.  Oh, it’s fancy alright.

This dish has beautiful layers!  Layers of delicious flavors and colors!  It’s a work of art on a plate!

California King Salmon with Lemon-Caper Pesto and Zucchini And plated it must be.

This isn’t a serve-it-yourself type of dish.  Oh no, it’s too pretty  and it’s at its best just moments after cooking!

One of the “secret” ingredients in this glorious recipe is my Lemon Caper Pesto.  It’s lovely to have on hand, whether or not you’re using it in a recipe.  I love it on toasted French bread.Lemon Caper Pesto RecipeAnd this salmon should be treated with great respect!  After all California Wild-Caught King Salmon are harvested using “trolling.”  Trolling is an environmentally friendly fishing method — the fish are caught one at a time with barbless hooks.  Using trolling, fish that might be too small or the wrong species can easily be returned to the water, unharmed.

Now let’s plan our fancy dinner party!  I might even set the table for this one!

California King Salmon with Lemon-Caper Pesto and Zucchini
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Serves: 4
  • 2 (3/4-pound) California King Salmon steaks -- about 1 to 2-inches thick
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon-Caper Pesto (here's the recipe!)
  • About ¼-pound zucchini, sliced into very thin rounds
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on a baking sheet and place the 2 salmon steaks on it. Spread about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the Lemon-Caper Pesto, evenly on top of each steak.
  3. Layer the thin zucchini slices on top of the pesto, pressing them very gently so they "stick."
  4. Use pastry brush, or drizzle a bit more of the olive oil over the zucchini slices -- so they shine.
  5. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and place in the 400 degree F oven and bake just until the salmon is cooked, 7 to 9 minutes. It should still be slightly translucent in the center.
  6. Let it cool for a few minutes and then cut each of the steaks down the middle to create 4 portions.
  7. Serve immediately!
While fancy, this recipe is easy! Make the pesto the day before and this dish will only take a short time to prepare!

Of course you could also make this with fillets -- dare I say that it might be even fancier! (The cooking time might be a bit less for fillets.)

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  1. says

    Mmmm, I can only imagine how good it tastes! King salmon is called king for a reason (not just because of the size). Love your stake, it’s our favorite way to eat fish next to whole baked. Thanks for describing fishing methods: for our family it is important to know not only what’s on out plate but how did it get there too.

  2. Chef Sybil says

    Excellent! I just purchased Salmon yesterday and I have mexican squash. I love this idea. Thanks Valentina. Chef Sybil

  3. Theresa says

    I made this tonight after finding your blog on Tastespotting. I can say without a doubt, that this was a HUGE success! We were practically licking our plates. I believe I’ll have a look around and see what other things you have. 🙂

    • valentina says

      That’s fantastic, Theresa! I’m thrilled you all loved it! And thanks for checking out my recipes! 🙂

  4. says

    Valentina, so nice to meet you. The salmon recipe looks delicious. I agree with you. Roasted salmon looks so glamorous but really doesn’t take much effort or time to make. It’s a good party dish. Maybe I’ll see you at the Sunday Farmers Market. See you soon.

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