Wild Alaska Salmon With Pretty Pesto


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Wild Alaska Salmon With Pretty Pesto

We call it “pretty” pesto because Chef “Wild” Bill’s pesto is an incredible bright green and can really only be described as, well . . . pretty. The pesto itself tastes “pretty” delicious, too!

Serves two.

Two 8 oz Wild Alaska Salmon fillets

pinch Duke’s Ready Anytime Seasoning (see below)

½ cup Basil Almond Pretty Pesto (see below)

Sprinkle Wild Alaska Salmon with Duke’s Ready Anytime Seasoning and broil for 4-5 minutes per side. Top with Basil Almond Pretty Pesto.

Duke’s Ready Anytime Seasoning

This is your go-to spice for French fries or anything broiled. It’s perfect for mixing up in a big batch and storing for use “anytime.” It’s savory and salty, with a little heat and herbs to mellow out the burn.

Makes approximately 3 cups.

1 cup Kosher salt

⅓ cup + 2 ½ tbsp lemon pepper

¼ cup pepper

¼ cup Creole seasoning

¼ cup granulated garlic

5 tsp dried oregano

5 tsp dried basil

5 tsp dried marjoram

5 tsp dried thyme

5 tsp dried rosemary

¼ cup sugar

Tip from Chef “Wild” Bill:  Try it with extra virgin olive oil as an alternative to butter with Essential Baking Company Sourdough Bread. Unbelievable taste!

Basil Almond Pretty Pesto

Traditional pesto is made with pine nuts, which are delicious but very expensive, and if they aren’t roasted right, they can be a little “off” tasting. Chef “Wild” Bill converted me to this pesto made without pine nuts. The almonds are fantastic and one of the healthiest foods on Duke’s menu.


Makes enough for 10 Wild Alaska Salmon With Pretty Pesto.

1 cup fresh organic basil (tightly packed)

¼ cup Roasted Garlic Cloves (see below)

¼ cup roasted almonds

¼ cup Parmesan cheese and ¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated and combined

1 tbsp Duke’s Ready Anytime Seasoning (see above)

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

5 oz or 10 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Blend all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. Slowly add olive oil until emulsified. Keep refrigerated.

Roasted Garlic Cloves

Shell and peel 1 pound fresh garlic cloves. Make sure hard tops are cut off. There should be no dark spots.

Toss garlic in ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil.

Place garlic in a small baking dish and completely cover so no air escapes.

Roast garlic until golden brown and cloves are soft to the touch.

Cool in refrigerator.

Tip #1 from Chef “Wild” Bill:  Strain the oil off the garlic cloves, and the next time you are using a recipe that calls for garlic and olive oil, use this oil. It’s very flavorful, infused garlic olive oil, great for pasta dishes.

Tip #2 from Chef “Wild” Bill:  After cooling, place oil and roasted garlic in blender and make roasted garlic paste. It is great as a healthy spread. Or add to mayo and make roasted garlic mayo. I’ve even made roasted garlic mustard by adding to Dijon.





August 22, 2015