Pesto Salmon Skewers

Skewers with salmon and pesto on a white plate

Like many of you, we have been grilling up a storm this summer. One of our new favs, these Pesto Salmon Skewers. In the summer, both Phillip and I crave fish and also no dishes. It is just too hot to wash dishes in my opinion. Our kitchen is a 10×10 room that no AC gets into, so the thought of turning on the stove or oven is frightening. However, this has taught us that most things that can be cooked on a stove or in the oven can also be done on the grill. Bigger bonus, NO DISHES. Grill these bad boys up and then lounge away.

Skewers with salmon and pesto on a white plate

Pesto Salmon Skewers

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Mint and Parsley Pesto

  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup mint
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon squeezed


  • 1 lb salmon cubed
  • 1 lb baby potatoes
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • 1 zucchini sliced


  • Add all pesto ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Assemble your skewers with salmon, potatoes, lemons, and zucchini
  • Coat the skewers in the pesto
  • Grill for a few minutes on each side or until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145°
  • Serve with extra pesto sauce on the side
Salmon, zucchini, and lemons on skewers with pesto

Fish, even salmon, is very light. While we love a good pesto or salmon with pasta we wanted to make sure to include something hearty for these skewers so we added some baby potatoes. Sure, if you have a few regular potatoes sitting around you can cube those up and add to the skewers as well. Also used in this recipe is zucchini. Zucchini is so versatile because it really has no flavor. So anything you add to the veggie will take on that flavor.

Salmon skewers on a white plate charred from the grill

Far from your traditional pesto

Don’t get me wrong, I love a traditional pesto and the dish can be made with a traditional basil pesto if you would like. We will not take any offense. But if you are up for a little change to your taste buds, try out this mint and parsley pesto. You will be using this pesto as a pasta sauce in no time. Switch things up a bit for your cookout and throw a few of these on the grill for a little surprise.

Do these Pesto Salmon Skewers need to be made on the grill?

Sure don’t! They may be called Pesto Salmon SKEWERS, but they don’t need to be. Honestly, they don’t need to be made on skewers either. If you are craving this in the winter, don’t want to use the grill, or maybe you don’t have any skewers, no problem. You can either put all skewer ingredients on a grill pan and grill till the salmon is ready. Or you can add to a baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

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From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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