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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 157.0
  • Total Fat: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.7 mg
  • Sodium: 99.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 5.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 23.8 g

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15-Minute Fish with Parsley Pesto

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
15-Minute Fish with Parsley Pesto

Introduction

We tend to think of herbs as garnishes, but parsley takes a starring role in this fresh pesto. We tend to think of herbs as garnishes, but parsley takes a starring role in this fresh pesto.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    Pesto:
    1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, chopped
    1 garlic clove, minced
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 lemon, zested and juiced
    2 tablespoons whole-wheat or panko bread crumbs
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    16 ounces white-fleshed fish fillet, 2 fillets approx. 6-8 ounces each

Tips

This parsley pesto is called "persillade," from the French word for parsley ("persil"). Usually a mix of chopped parsley and garlic, I bulked mine up with breadcrumbs.


No food processor? Chop the parsley and garlic and stir other ingredients well to combine.

Try it on toasted whole-wheat bread, steamed vegetables, roast lamb or chicken, too.


Directions

Pesto:
Place the parsley in a small food processor and pulse 6-8 times. Add the remaining ingredients and process until a thick sauce forms. (Sauce will keep in a sealed container for up to one week.)

Fish:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a cast iron skillet over high heat. Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Lightly spritz the fish on both sides with non-stick cooking spray. Once the skillet is hot, add the fish to the pan. Cook for 2-3 mintues per side. Top each portion of fish with 1/4 cup of pesto. Transfer the pan to the oven for 5 minutes to warm the sauce. Remember that the pan's handle will get hot in the oven!

Makes 1 cup sauce, 1/4 cup per serving; about 3 ounces cooked fish per serving.







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  • Good
    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
    Why do people review or make comments about a recipe they haven't tried? It makes no sense to me because there are so many comments to wade through on a lot of recipes and they are not helpful. That said, we thought the recipe was okay. half of us liked i and half said they didn't like the pesto - 4/5/12

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this! Unfortunately, my grocery store and my garden were out of parsley (I know, how often does that happen?), so I asked the store's local chef and he advised me to substitute some fresh baby spinach (for consistency) and preserved fresh parsley in a tube. I had cod and I loved it! - 7/22/12

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Loved this! So lemony. I thought it would taste of parsley but we were pleasantly surprised. Served it on salmon. - 10/12/12

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I love this recipe. I couldnt get parsley and subsituted coriander. All I can say is WOW. - 2/8/12

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  • 8 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I will substitute a handful of walnuts for the breadcrumbs. sounds tasty - 4/5/11

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  • O.K.
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Sorry, but we didn't like this :( I'm not sure why it was made with parsley instead of basil, but I won't be doing that again--it was lacking any of the sweet freshness of basil and just tasted sharp and unpleasant. It mellowed a little in the oven, but not enough. - 4/5/11

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty & easy. Didn't have any parsley, so used what little cilantro & basil I had. Still turned out excellent. - 4/2/12

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I was just looking for a pesto recipe that I had stuff for-had basil instead of parsley and used it in a turkey wrap..yum! Thanks Chef Meg..you have some great recipes! - 3/30/12

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I tried recipe, I found it absolutely easy and delicious. My family loved it also. This is a keeper. - 8/20/12

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Tasted great. Little heavy on lemon juice flavor, but that is personal preference. - 1/6/13

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Excellent dish. I used a large lemon. It gave the dish a wonderful flavor! - 12/31/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I served this with pasta. Used walnuts in place of crackers. Delicious and will make it often with my garden parsley. - 12/31/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I Made this, but want to try again. My pesto came out VERY thick and strong. I did like the flavor, but the family, not so much. - 4/21/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great and tasty recipe. Will make again. - 4/5/12

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  • Very Good
    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Gonna make this tonight; I am loving finding different types of PESTO recipes and I appreciated knowing that there is a difference between curly and flat parsley with the flat being the preferred pesto ingredient! going to mix it with pasta! - 7/5/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I didn't have enough parsley, so went 50-50 with basil. The pesto was very tasty. I served it on salmon and found it to be delicious. Not wanting to heat up the kitchen, I used my toaster/broiler to cook it. One of the best way to eat salmon the we have found. - 4/6/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I just made the pesto a couple of days ago, but I added some basil to it and three cloves of garlic instead of one, we love garlic at our house! I didn't have lemon the last time I made this and used a lime instead! It's a great tasting topping for fish and other proteins too. - 4/5/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used two garlic cloves and seasoned Panko crumbs-
    turned out amazing! Definitely a keeper! - 2/18/13

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  • 1 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Why do people comment on a recipe when using a different main ingredient?! So frustrating and a waste of time reading those posts. Let's please discourage comments if using a different main ingredient...or why comment if you haven't tried it yet? "rate a recipe" if you have tried it. - 12/27/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    looks in smells good made this 4 dinner tonight. ;) - 12/12/12

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Nice to see a pesto recipe that I would like to try. I'm not very keen on basil, but we both like parsley occasionally.
    Interesting to see ?hand-diced over the fish in the photo rather than processor sauce! - 7/14/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very nice! - 12/28/11

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  • 1 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I'm saving this for when I have an abundance of parsley in my garden. - 4/5/11

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  • This was my first time attempting or trying pesto. Didn't care much for the taste of it alone, but once I added it to chicken and cooked it, I think it's a taste that will grow on me. I did add some fresh basil leaves for more flavor. I'm going to try it today with some spaghetti squash. - 10/3/13

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  • Quick and healthy. I made it without the breading and it was still yummy - 8/21/13

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  • Looks delicious - 6/21/13

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  • had this with salmon......ooooh, so good....and easy to do as well. a winning combination - 6/4/13

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  • Not crazy about the prep. I am going to try this but put the fish in a tin foil "tent" in 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. If it's going in the oven anyway...... - 6/4/13

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  • This look great, I have to try this recipe. - 4/14/13

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I am looking for some good fish recipes, but I don't think this one is for me. I don't care for the pesto stuff much - 2/2/13

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  • I'm not a big fish eater, but loved it easy and yummy. Will add it into our rotation of fish recipes. - 12/28/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to try this recipe this week! It sounds wonderful! - 12/27/12

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  • Excellent.........love the Panko breadcrumbs..... - 4/5/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    save - 4/5/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Good - 4/5/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very similar to another pesto recipe that I have. I cannot use the bread crumbs as my husband is gluten-intolerant. I've never put bread crumbs in pesto before, not sure I would want to. Would also serve this on chicken instead of fish. Would make a good "pizza sauce" for vegetable gluten-free pizza - 4/5/12

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  • Excellent recipe, thank you. - 4/5/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    One again, though, the picture doesn't match the recipe. Recipe says to process into sauce; picture shows ingredients finely chopped. - 4/5/12

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  • 0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I'll make this tomorrow and am sure it'll taste yummy. - 2/26/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I can not wait to try this. I practically live on fish, my son lives in Alaska and he keeps my freezer full! - 2/22/12

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  • Great! - 2/22/12

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  • Thought the pesto was a bit too lemony. I used flat leaf parsley but would like to try it with basil. - 2/16/12

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  • Important note; use only flat leaf parsley.
    - 12/28/11

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Who doesnt like Pesto! - 12/28/11

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  • dont like parsley so we subbed basil... - 12/28/11

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  • Something different and yummy for Friday dinner! - 12/28/11

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  • very good- - 12/28/11

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  • if I wanted to use fresh parsley from my garden how much would a "bunch" be in say cup measurements? - 8/29/11

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  • i've done it with basil - great; i'm not a big parsley fan though..... - 8/18/11

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  • Bad
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Doesn't taste good at all. What a waste of fish! - 8/16/11

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  • Really yummy and very easy! - 4/20/11

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  • I haven't tried this dish but I've made my own Pesto and Chimichuri in the past and would say MAKE SURE YOU USE ITALIAN FLAT LEAF PARSLEY AND NOT CURLY! Two completely different flavors. - 4/13/11

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  • This is dinner tonight! I'll serve it with sime oven-roasted veggies. YUM. - 4/5/11

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is just what I was needing for supper tonight - a simple way of making plain fish taste great. I would also toss the pesto with linguine and bay scallops for a different dinner, or top boneless, skinless chicken breasts with it before baking. - 4/5/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This looks so good that I have decided to make it for dinner tomorrow. - 4/4/11

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