Recipe: 15-Minute Fish with Parsley Pesto

By , SparkPeople Blogger
This time of year, our palates tend to shift from heavy stews and root vegetables of winter to lighter springtime fare. Farmers markets open with spring peas, asparagus, and even herbs. I make use of those fresh herbs in this recipe. Parsley's clean flavor is a perfect match for fresh fish. You can use any white-fleshed fish in this recipe.

We tend to think of herbs as garnishes, but parsley takes a starring role in this fresh pesto. Try it on toasted whole-wheat bread, steamed vegetables, roast lamb or chicken, too. This parsley pesto is called "persillade," from the French word for parsley ("persil"). Usually a mix of chopped parsley and garlic, I bulked mine up with breadcrumbs.

No food processor? Chop the parsley and garlic and stir other ingredients well to combine. Persillade is a traditional accompaniment to another spring favorite: roast lamb.

What I love most about this recipe is the speed of preparation: It takes about 15 minutes to cook. Add whole-wheat couscous and heat up a bag of steam-and-eat frozen vegetables, and you have a restaurant-quality meal ready in less time than it takes to make a frozen pizza.

Per serving:
  • 157 calories
  • 5.3 g fat
  • 99.4 mg sodium

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    TIP: Fresh herbs are pricey, so buy some plants at your local nursery or farmers market and start growing your own. They'll thrive indoors and serve as a burst of green on your counter, table, or windowsill, too. Basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and mint are all fairly easy to grow.

    What recipes do you crave in spring? What is your favorite fresh herb?

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    Sounds wonderful! I am putting in my little book so I can make it real soon! Report
    I love the idea of making this persillade without a blender! (One of my green initiatives is to do without power tools.)

    Note to SKRIFARI: That caterpillar eating your parsely will grow into a black swallowtail butterfly. They love to eat dill too so this year I'm planting a lot of dill as a feeding alternative. My parsely usually recovers once the caterpillers leave. Report
    I love cilantro. I like to make fresh pico and baked it on top of fish. Report
    This sounds lovely, will try it this weekend. Report
    I really love fish and I am so willing to try it. Report
    Sounds delicious! I am going to try it for sure. Report
    My favorite spring craving is fresh asparagus! Yum! I love the young and tender shoots. Report
    I never buy "fresh herbs." Report
    Sounds delicious! I'll try it this week Report
    We grow several herbs, but can never manage parsley in the summer--there's a caterpilllar around here that strips it bare :) Report
    I love salmon but I crave Roast Lamb
    That I serve with English mint sauce. Finely chopped mint in Malt vinegar with 1/2 teasoon salt and water added to taste. This has to sit at least over night but it keeps for a long time. We use it on lots of meats and vegetables. Pat in Maine. Report
    Thank you! Report
    Looks yummy and fresh! Report
    Thanks for planning our next dinner Chef Megan! I am so making this! Report
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