15-Minute Fish with Parsley Pesto

15-Minute Fish with Parsley Pesto

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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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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
    16 of 25 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!
    14 of 14 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!
    12 of 12 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!
    12 of 13 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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  • O.K.
    8 of 9 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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  • 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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  • 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 16 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Good
    good - 6/10/21

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  • Incredible!
    Made this over haddock tonight, and I have to say - it is exceptionally good over fish. - 5/9/21

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  • Incredible!
    My parsley is taking over the garden, so made the pesto to have in the freezer- I've had it on fish, chicken, pizza, put it in pasta salad- I do live alone, but shared the pasta salad and my sister's family loved it. - 4/21/21

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  • Good
    it's good on any fish - 1/9/21

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  • Incredible!
    YUMMY - 1/5/21

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  • Incredible!
    yum
    - 9/14/20

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  • A great way to enjoy fish! - 9/5/20

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  • Very Good
    I loved the persillade! - 7/20/20

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  • Good
    I didn't have parsley so used Italian parsley. Turned out ok. Will have to try with flat leaf one of these days. - 7/20/20

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  • This was so good, quick and easy! I used arugula pesto on tilapia. Tasty! - 3/20/20

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  • Incredible!
    great - 1/29/20

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  • not too bad. - 12/7/19

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  • Good
    Good - 11/23/19

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  • O.K.
    We leave out parsley, hate it. Parsley is nasty. Old recipe. You can buy pesto in a jar. - 10/28/19

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  • Good
    Surprisingly good for something that looks so bland (no offense to the food photographer). I really liked this! - 10/23/19

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  • Incredible!
    Thank You - 10/2/19

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  • Excellent - 9/7/19

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  • looks and sounds yummy - 8/20/19

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  • Thanks - 7/16/19

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  • Very Good
    I really enjoyed the lemony/parsley/garlic blend of flavors with the fish. I used almond flour instead of breadcrumbs because my body won't tolerate grains. - 6/10/19

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  • i like mild fish so this is a good recipe for me - 6/3/19

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  • Needs more flavor - 6/3/19

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  • Very Good
    Love this pesto. Tried it whalibut. Will try it w/salmon next. - 6/3/19

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  • Yummy! - 5/13/19

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  • I am going to try this with tilapia. It looks really good to me. - 4/30/19

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  • This fish was really good!! - 3/31/19

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  • great fish dish - 2/26/19

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  • Great! - 2/22/19

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  • great Idea - 2/19/19

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  • thanks for the additional tips! - 2/18/19

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  • Incredible!
    Great recipe, nice citrus flavor and we will make this again. - 2/11/19

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  • Very Good
    Very good! - 1/31/19

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  • TASTY - 1/28/19

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  • Nice - 11/24/18

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  • good on pasta as well as fish - 11/18/18

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  • Yum!!! - 11/13/18

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  • Interesting pesto. I do enjoy it but haven't tried this one. Love white fish. - 11/6/18

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  • A little too lemony for me - 10/14/18

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  • Very Good
    Very good and easy to make. There are a lot of variations that could be made to this recipe. - 9/4/18

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  • Very Good
    Adds great flavors! - 7/14/18

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  • I'd rather cook my fish in the microwave, but I didn't. The pesto needs the oven time to soak into the fish. It was good, but dry. - 6/22/18

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  • I love this recipe, thanks for sharing. - 6/14/18

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  • a easy recipe to prpare on a busy night - 6/11/18

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  • Very Good
    LOVE PESTO. DO LIKE IT ON A WHITE FISH. I DO HAVE PARSLEY FLAKES IN MY SPICE CABINET BECAUSE GROCERS DO NOT ALL CARRY FRESH PARSLEY. - 6/4/18

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  • Very Good
    I made this with salmon on foil on the grill! Yum! Spray the foil with cooking spray first. - 6/3/18

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  • Incredible!
    Very delicious, will be in my recipe box - 6/3/18

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  • Incredible!
    Loved the pesto! - 5/19/18

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  • Remember to put the parsley in the blender and not the fish. - 5/5/18

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  • I enjoyed this - 5/4/18

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  • Love this idea but would do it with cilantro - 5/1/18

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  • I enjoy pesto and found this quick fish recipe and am anxious to try it. Never used pesto on fish and sounds awesome Printed it so I can make it this weekend. - 4/11/18

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  • Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 4/6/18

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  • ??? - 3/27/18

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  • looks good... - 1/31/18

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  • Good
    - 1/18/18

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  • Incredible!
    This was really good! I skipped the pan frying part and made foil packets, baked in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes, was perfect. Served with a serving of couscous and edamame. Yum. - 1/12/18

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  • Great fish recipe. . - 10/15/17

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  • Incredible!
    Anyone can be passionate, but
    it takes real lovers to be silly.
    - Rose Franken
    - 9/24/17

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  • Good
    Okay, but didn't care for the Pesto sauce! - 8/10/17

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  • Sounds good. - 8/10/17

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  • I prefer to bake my fish in the oven in a foil bag - 7/20/17

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  • Yum - 6/20/17

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  • NICE - 5/5/17

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  • Very Good
    - 4/8/17

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  • Incredible!
    I love this 15 minutes fish with parsley pesto recipe! It's easy and delicious! - 4/7/17

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  • Incredible!
    Love fish and it is really enhanced with the pesto sauce. - 2/25/17

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  • O.K.
    Not that great. I love pesto, and it was dry. Didn't turn out like I hoped. - 2/18/17

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  • yummy - 2/7/17

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  • O.K.
    I expected a creamier sauce. And there wasn't much direction there. Meh. - 1/27/16

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Isn't this fried fish? Spray oiled and cooked in a fry pan, both sides.......call it what is is....finished in the oven isn't oven baked....and isn't that the purpose of this diet....avoiding fried food? Try the fish baked in parchment with the pesto. - 3/28/15

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  • Good
    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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  • Incredible!
    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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  • Incredible!
    This recipe is great!!! - 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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