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Pan Fried Salmon with Macadamia Arugula Pesto

Pan Fried Salmon with Macadamia Arugula Pesto served on top of a bed of pesto carrot noodles is a delicious one pan dinner served in less than 30 minutes! 
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Italian, Low Carb, Paleo
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Kelli Shallal MPH RD



  • Make your dairy free macadamia arugula pesto.
  • Defrost your salmon first!  You can pan-fry salmon from frozen but it won't taste as good.  Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium high with oil.  Place salmon skin side down on the pan.  Season the flesh side with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Fry for 3-4 minutes, or until salmon is about half way cooked.  Spray or dab a bit of fat on top of the flesh side of salmon.  Then, flip each salmon fillet over and continue to fry for 3-4 minutes until cooked throughout.  
  • Remove the salmon from the pan and set aside.  If you purchase pre-made carrot noodles from Trader Joe's you'll need to defrost them.  You can do this in the pan or in the microwave, I did mine in the pan.  Once they are hot, toss them with 1/4 cup pesto.  Return your salmon to the pan, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons pesto and garnish with extra macadamia nuts.