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Grilled Coho Salmon With Poblano Pesto

This grilled coho salmon recipe is an absolute must-try in our books because it tastes extremely flavorful and takes little effort to make!

Grilled Coho Salmon With Poblano Pesto combines the delicate flavor of fresh salmon with the heat of an excellent homemade poblano pesto, creating an impeccable fusion that’ll definitely make your taste buds happy.

Complete with an ancho chili crust, this dish is a mouthwatering delight everyone will be fighting to get a second serving of!

So fire up your grill and make sure to give this awesome coho salmon recipe a try!

Grilled Coho Salmon With Poblano Pesto Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Coho Salmon Recipe

  • Flavor explosion: This dish offers a delightful combination of flavors that will captivate the taste buds with the rich, buttery texture of coho salmon pairing perfectly with the smoky, slightly spicy kick from the poblano pesto.
  • Healthy and nutrient-rich: Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality proteins, and essential vitamins, coho salmon is high in protein and nutrients. The poblano pesto further enhances the nutrient profile with antioxidants and other essential nutrients.
  • Quick, easy, and versatile: It’s easy to whip up this simple dish and even easier to tweak it to your own liking! Whether you enjoy a more intense pesto flavor, prefer your salmon a bit more citrusy, or want to experiment with additional herbs and spices, the recipe serves as a versatile canvas.
  • Visual appeal: Aesthetics play a crucial role in the overall dining experience, and this dish boasts an appealing visual presentation, thanks to the vibrant colors of the poblano pesto. Serve this to your guests and be prepared to be showered with plenty of compliments!

Ingredients Required

  • Coho salmon: Our star ingredient, make sure to get it fresh!
  • Ancho chili rub: Coating the salmon with ancho chili rub gives it a beautiful crust when grilled.
  • Poblano chili peppers: We’ll be roasting them to bring out their flavor for the pesto sauce.
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro: For the herbaceous flavor of the pesto sauce.
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Walnuts
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

How To Make Salmon And Shrimp Sushi Bake

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Roast the poblano chili peppers

Make the poblano pesto sauce with the other ingredients.

Coat the coho salmon with ancho chili rub.

Grill to cook the salmon.

Serve with poblano pesto sauce and enjoy!

Grilled Coho Salmon With Poblano Pesto Recipe
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Grilled Coho Salmon With Poblano Pesto

Grilled Coho Salmon With Poblano Pesto Recipe

Indulge in this excellent ancho-crusted Grilled Coho Salmon with Poblano Pesto that's sure to become a crowd-favorite!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  • 4 poblano chili peppers, peeled with seeds removed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup cilantro, freshly chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated


  • 1 wild coho salmon, about 1½ lbs
  • ancho chili rub


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Roast poblano chili peppers for 15 minutes, then let them cool slightly.
  2. Add the peppers to a food processor and pulse. We want them coarsely chopped. Add garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Pulse mixture until smooth. Add walnuts and process to finely chop them. Drizzle olive oil slowly while pulsing. Add Parmesan cheese and lightly pulse to mix them into the pesto sauce. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Coat coho salmon with ancho chili rub. Grill over medium heat, skin side down, for about 3 minutes. Flip the salmon and grill for another 2 minutes. Transfer carefully to a separate plate.
  4. Divide coho salmon into 4 pieces and serve with pesto sauce on top. Serve alongside your favorite carbs and veggies for a complete meal! Enjoy!


Any excess pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 888Total Fat: 67gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 1517mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 56g

Nutrition information is only an estimate and can vary depending on ingredients used.

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