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Potato Shingled Salmon {Pesto Potato Salmon}

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Pesto and wafer-thin slices of potatoes envelope salmon fillets for a quick, elegant entree: Potato Shingled Salmon. This is a sponsored post for Honest Cooking. All opinions are my own.

Potato Shingled Salmon on a white plate with brussels sprouts

Potato Shingled Salmon

After years of marriage, I’ve finally weaned the hubby off of canned tuna casserole and salmon loaf (for the most part) and showed him the wonders of glorious, fresh seafood. He’ll even forgo his usual slab o’ beef when we’re dining out for a lovely piece of salmon. Potatoes are another story. He loves potatoes. He’d marry a potato. Fried, mashed, roasted or baked, there is nary a complaint when they’re on the menu. So I combined these two in vogue ingredients and whipped up this easy and gourmet Pesto Potato Salmon.

How to wrap Potato Shingled Salmon pictorial

How to Make Pesto Potato Salmon

This is a super, duper simple recipe. You can count the number of ingredients on one hand. Love that. The key is to slice your potatoes wafer-thin. So thin you can practically see through the slices. This will help the potatoes adhere to each other. I suggest you dig out your mandolin or benriner to do the deed.

Then lay out the slices as wide as your salmon, overlapping slightly, and deep enough to wrap over the salmon. I brushed the slices with oil, then seasoned the salmon before adding the pesto and folding the potatoes over the top. You will want the potato seams on the top and on the bottom. Brush the exposed potatoes with oil and season the exterior. A good nonstick pan is also essential in order to brown the potato wrap into deliciousness without losing any to the pan!

Potato Shingled Salmon on a white plate with a forkful of salmon in focus

The Verdict

The picky fella I’m married to loved this potato shingled salmon. On my first go-round, I didn’t think the potatoes were cooked completely, but the big guy still thought this potato shingled salmon was outstanding. I sliced my potatoes even thinner the next time I made these beauties, and made sure to turn the fillets on their sides for a little browning action. Perfection!!! I hope you’ll give this marvelous recipe a whirl.

If you love potatoes, you might also love these Thin Crispy French Fries and this Hasselback Potato Casserole. And the family would love this Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole from Cookin’ Canuck!

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Potato Shingled Salmon | An elegant 4 ingredient recipe!

Potato Shingled Salmon

A simple salmon recipe featuring a fillet topped with pesto and wrapped in paper thin slices of potato.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 4 8-ounce fillets of salmon, skin removed
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons basil pesto
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste.


  1. Peel potatoes.Thinly slice using a mandolin or benriner (the slices should be paper thin).
  2. Lay out potatoes in a rectangle for each fillet. The slices should overlap and the rectangle should be equal to the length of the salmon fillets and wide enough to wrap over the salmon with a slight overlap.
  3. Brush the potatoes with a light coat of olive oil and top with a piece of salmon. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then cover with about 1½ tablespoons pesto. Fold the potato slices over the salmon and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a nonstick skillet. When heated to medium- medium high, place as many wrapped salmon fillets as will fit in the pan without overcrowding. Cook until bottom potatoes are golden brown, then carefully flip to brown the tops and finally the sides. Depending on the thickness of your fillets, the salmon should be cooked after about 10-15 minutes in the skillet.
  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 fillet

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 734Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 55g


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30 comments on “Potato Shingled Salmon {Pesto Potato Salmon}”

  1. You’re so right Liz – this is a winner. No wonder Bill loves this one – our family would adore this too. My hubby isn’t into potatoes much but done so chic like this, he’ll love it! Merci x

  2. I love salmon and this is a must try! I evidently had the volume turned up high on my computer and your music scared me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love everything about this dish!! must try!

  4. Great looking dish! Love salmon, and the “shingles” are such a nice touch — really dress up the dish. Thanks!

  5. Whoa, I’ve never seen this method w/ wrapping in potatoes. This looks fab. Great recipe.

  6. Definitely a keeper, esp. for a salmon fan like me. Thanks for sharing, Liz.

  7. What an creative dish Liz…I love the idea of packing the salmon with thin potato “shingles”…great meal!
    Hope you are having a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. What!? This was MADE for me! Potatoes and salmon LOVE!

  9. This salmon sounds wonderful. I love the potatoes and the salmon combination.

  10. How smart to use potato to wrap the salmon, Liz! Something new to me indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This is a lovely idea, I’ll have to remember to try this!

  12. What a delicious recipe and fun presentation!

  13. What a wonderlud idea for a dinner ! Love the presentation and the potato wrap is just amazing !

  14. Whoaaaa this is a combination of both world! Like yours, my husband is a big fan of potato. Once he ate mashed potatoes for 3 months straight. And I just can’t say no to salmon so this dish needs to happen soon.

  15. What a creative and beautiful looking dinner platter, Liz. Pesto and potatoes wafer envelope sound so delicious and look so adorbale. Love how quick and easy they are.

  16. That is so cool ,I nevr saw that idea before. Definitely want to try this. Glad you got Bill on the fresh tuna road!

  17. Oh, I am going to have to make this for my hubby! He loves salmon!

  18. I love this presentation, what a gorgeous (not to mention delicious!) way to serve salmon!

  19. Wow! what a showstopper Liz, my family would go crazy for this, looks delicious!

  20. I was intrigued by the name, shingled salmon! Very clever. It sounds and looks wonderful. My hubby, although not a picky an eater as your hubby, doesn’t love fish but when I add pesto to it, he goes crazy. I cannot imagine his reaction with the potatoes!

  21. This looks absolutely phenomenal! I love salmon so much but don’t feel all that confident cooking it at home. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  22. Well Bill and I have something in common as I love potatoes, too! And salmon. What a great dish!

  23. What a lovely (and new to me) way to enjoy salmon!

  24. How clever, Liz. I’d love this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. This is the first time I’ve seen fish wrapped in potatoes. And I love it! Must try for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. So beautiful and gourmet! Glad you swayed Bill to the delights of salmon =)

  27. Perfect for dinner any night of the week!

  28. I see potato shingles in my future! What an amazing and creative technique.

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