Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Baked Salmon w/ Pesto Puff Pastry & Corn

Remember that Lowell EGO light that I said I was getting?  Well... it came in the mail this past weekend and my verdict???  I.  Absolutely.  Love.  It.  LOVE IT. 

This salmon dish was just a quick Saturday night meal that was ready in about 30 minutes, just using what I basically had on hand!  I just love how the light gave such vibrance to the photos!  I hardly had to do any editing (besides some basic cropping/sharpening/noise reduction).  So hopefully over the next couple of months I can work more on the "styling" part of my photos.  Any tips?  Suggestions?  Any would help!

So if you're looking for something quick and tasty, this salmon dish is definitely for you!


2 6 oz. salmon fillets
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less if you like it less spicy)
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil, for rubbing
1 & 1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup pesto
2 rectangles of puff pastry (cut a little bigger than the salmon fillets)

Preheat oven to 400 F. 

Rub salmon fillets with olive oil and season both sides with cayenne pepper, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

Place puff pastry pieces on a greased baking sheet and bake according to package directions, or until golden brown.

Place salmon skin-side down in an oven-proof skillet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through.

(My salmon and puff pastry were pretty much done at about the same time, so it worked perfectly)

Cook frozen corn in microwave according to package directions.

Spread a good amount of the pesto on top of the puff pastry and top with salmon and corn. 

Seriously.  I could not have had better ingredients to work with.  So colorful, so flavorful.  SO PERFECT. 

I asked Andy what he thought of the addition of the puff pastry (whether it was really necessary or added anything to the dish) and he said he actually enjoyed it's contrast with the delicate salmon.  So major score!  I loved this dinner and plan on making it many many times over!  Enjoy guys!


  1. So amazing..clean and beautiful!

  2. Salmon is definitely one of my favorite fishes, pretty much any way you can prepare it I'll eat it! :)

  3. Love the puff pastry looks delicious.

  4. Looks delicious, and I love the presentation!

  5. i have been a bad blogger friend, but i am so glad i popped in to see this recipe! it looks so light and healthy!

  6. Looks good - I love salmon :-)

    My best,

  7. Love this helthy recipe and what an elegant presentation. Does you finance knwo he is a lucky guy?

  8. Looks gorgeous! My children would gobble this up quickly! Can't wait to see the results of the ego lights!

  9. Indeed this light added more brightness to your photos. i want to buy something similar myself. The salmon looks divine.

  10. I love the idea to add pesto to puff pastry. We have two packages of puff pastry that our old roommate left in our freezer, and I've been trying to think of different ways to experiment with it. I also have frozen homemade pesto leftover from a few months back, so this might be just the right addition to our dinner tonight. Thanks!

  11. oooh this looks just wonderful. the flavors sound like they would go just so well together. ok, and the light IS amazing - i must get one. my "winter" pictures just aren't cutting it!

  12. Looks incredible! I also love that there's a nice crunchy contrast from the puff pastry. Great idea! I need to have that on hand more often. Have fun with your new light!

  13. You've got some great photography skills with your recipes! tres bien

  14. This looks like a heatlhy dish, that is definatly easy to prepare but delcious. Great recipe and the photo's look great.

  15. What an excellent meal, love the puff pastry here!

  16. This looks delicious - I LOVE SALMON! Btw... I love your blog title... how creative! LOL. Even if my husband doesn't like something and I do, then it's good. :-)

    Thanks for your comment on the Carrot Muffins with CC filling - they are really good and not too bad in fat... let me know if you try them. :-)

  17. I'm so glad you like your ego light! I think you said you purchased just one, do you feel like you need another one to balance the lighting on each side? Or is one enough?



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