Quick & easy dinner #3 – salmon with green pesto orzo

Today’s is a swift 20 minutes from start to finish. 25 if you’re taking your sweet time.

Fresh salmon on a bed of green pesto orzo, topped with parsley and spring onions. A veritable taste sensation.

Now the reason my orzo, which is rice-shaped pasta if you’ve never had it before, isn’t very green is because a jar was put back in my fridge with a mere lick of pesto in it.

<<I’m looking at you Mum…>>

So I bulked it out with some crème fraîche and added frozen chopped basil to concentrate the flavour back up a bit. I also had some roasted vine tomatoes on my plate but the colours clashed, so I took them off for the photos!



  • 1 salmon fillet per person
  • 1 lemon
  • A handful of orzo per person. You could use rice, or a different type of pasta. Orzo is quite delicious though and much softer than rice
  • As much basil pesto as you want
  • Fresh parsley and spring onions (scallions) to garnish


  • Heat the oven to whatever your salmon packet instructions say. I did these at 200°c in a hot fan oven
  • Boil your pasta water
  • Put your salmon fillets in a foil parcel, season to taste and drizzle with a touch of olive oil and lemon. If you like a strong lemon flavour, stick a wedge in with the salmon. Wrap the parcel up and place in the oven for 15 minutes
  • Cook the orzo for 9-10 minutes. Drain and stir in as much or as little pesto as you like
  • Place the cooked salmon on the orzo. Add the chopped parsley and onions.

And there’s your 20 minutes. Super simple, nutritious and pretty damn healthy.