One-Skillet Salmon with Fennel & Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous


Sun-dried tomato pesto and lemon do double duty to season both the salmon and the couscous in this healthy one-pan dinner recipe. Serve the salmon with extra lemon wedges and a dollop of plain yogurt, if desired.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 lemon

  • 1 ¼ pounds salmon (see Tip), skinned and cut into 4 portions

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto, divided

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, cut into 1/2-inch wedges; fronds reserved

  • 1 cup Israeli couscous, preferably whole-wheat

  • 3 scallions, sliced

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup sliced green olives

  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced


  1. Zest lemon and reserve the zest. Cut the lemon into 8 slices. Season salmon with salt and pepper and spread 1 1/2 teaspoons pesto on each piece.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the fennel; cook until brown on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and fennel. Transfer to the plate. Add couscous and scallions to the pan; cook, stirring frequently, until the couscous is lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broth, olives, pine nuts, garlic, the reserved lemon zest and the remaining 2 tablespoons pesto.

  3. Nestle the fennel and salmon into the couscous. Top the salmon with the lemon slices. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the salmon is cooked through and the couscous is tender, 10 to 14 minutes. Garnish with fennel fronds, if desired.


Tip: Most salmon--wild and now some farmed--is considered a sustainable choice). For farmed, ask for fish that's raised in land- or tank-based systems. For more information about sustainable seafood, go to

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

543 Calories
24g Fat
46g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4 oz. salmon & 1 1/4 cups couscous
Calories 543
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 38g 77%
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Vitamin A 1572IU 31%
Vitamin C 24mg 26%
Folate 56mcg 14%
Sodium 441mg 19%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 76mg 18%
Potassium 1161mg 25%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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