3 Delicious Alternative Noche Buena Recipes by Award-Winning Chefs

Pesto Crusted Salmon and Vegetable Parcels

3 Delicious Alternative Noche Buena Recipes by Award-Winning Chefs


Yield: 4 portions*


  • 450g salmon fillet, skin and bones removed
  • 2-3 tbsp prepared pesto sauce
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 pcs small potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into ¼ inch thick pieces
  • 1 pc red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
  • 1 pc small carrot, peeled and cut into batons
  • 2 stalks leeks, sliced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • a pinch of ground black pepper
  • parchment paper or aluminum foil (as needed)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  2. Blanch the potato pieces in simmering water for 5-6 minutes or until tender but not falling apart. Drain the water and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine red bell pepper, carrots and leeks and add extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut the parchment paper/aluminium foil into a large circle (or oblong), scatter the potato slices on one side, top with the tossed vegetables.
  5. Spread pesto sauce on top of the salmon fillet and place on top of the bed of vegetables.
  6. Cover and roll up the edges of the parcel to seal in the steam.
  7. Place onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  8. To serve, place the entire package onto a platter and cut open in the center.

*To serve individual parcels, divide the fish and the vegetable mixture between 4 portions. Bake them for about 8-9 minutes.


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