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Pistachio Crusted Salmon

With a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes, this Pistachio Crusted Salmon is both an easy and quick option for a weeknight dinner and also an elegant main for a dinner party.

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Filet of pistachio crusted salmon on platter.

Crusted Fish Fillet

This recipe for Pistachio Crusted Salmon is one of those simple recipes that produces a beautiful and flavourful dish that is sure to impress your guests.

Salmon is a healthy dinner option and this recipe is so easy and quick to prepare. With some basic pantry ingredients, you can have this delicious and moist fish on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Baked salmon fillet.

How to make it

This is such an easy recipe and only a handful of ingredients are needed to make it. If you are using a previously frozen salmon fillet make sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Check to make sure the salmon is well thawed before preparing it.

If you don't have any pistachios on hand, feel free to use chopped cashews, pecans, almonds and even peanuts. All of these nuts make a great crust for salmon. This recipe does not include mustard so feel free to add it if you like.

Raw filet of salmon crusted with chopped pistachios.

Ingredients Overview:

  • Fresh salmon fillet. You'll need a filet of approximately 1300 grams for this recipe. If you have a larger salmon fillet simply add more pistachios so you'll have enough to crust the fish.
  • Olive oil
  • Honey (or maple syrup)
  • Fresh garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped pistachios

Steps Overview:

Pat the salmon fillet dry and rub the flesh with a touch of olive oil.

In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic cloves with honey and spread over the salmon. Season with salt and pepper and press the chopped pistachios onto the salmon flesh.

Bake the salmon in the oven for approximately 15 minutes and it will come out with a moist and juicy flesh.

If you are using a smaller fillet make sure to check the fish earlier than the suggested time as a smaller fillet will cook faster. Also keep in mind that the fish will continue to cook when it's removed from the oven, so make sure to take it out sooner rather than later.

Up-close image of a pistachio crusted salmon filet.

How to Serve it

Steam some fresh veggies such as green beans, broccoli or even some baby potatoes to serve with the salmon and you'll have yourself a quick, easy and delicious meal. If you have extra time on your hands, this Easy Spanakopita, makes an impressive side dish.

You could also serve it with lemon wedges and a side salad. A couple of my favorite salads to serve with this salmon dish in the summer are this Lebanese Tabbouleh or this Fattoush Salad.

During the autumn and winter holidays, I like serving it with this Spinach Apple Cranberry Salad, or this Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad or even this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad.

How to Store

You can store leftover cooked salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat leftover salmon on a baking sheet, loosely covered with aluminum foil in the oven.

If you like this recipe you might also want to try these Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chops.

Enjoy!

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Filet of pistachio crusted salmon on platter.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

With a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes, this Pistachio Crusted Salmon is both an easy and quick option for a weeknight dinner and also an elegant main for a dinner party.
4.37 from 50 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 409 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1300 grams salmon fillet, pin bones removed approx. 1300 grams
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios chopped by hand or in food processor
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges to serve with cooked salmon

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat it to 375F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pat the salmon dry. And rub flesh with olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, combine minced garlic cloves and honey, spread over salmon.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Press chopped pistachios onto salmon flesh.
  • Bake in oven until flesh flakes easily about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5 min. before serving.

Notes

  1. If you are using a previously frozen salmon fillet make sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Check to make sure the salmon is well thawed before proceeding with the recipe.
  2. Maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
  3. If pistachios are not available, chopped cashews, pecans, almonds and peanuts can be used to crust the salmon. 
  4. Keep in mind that the fish continues to cook when it's removed from the oven, so make sure to take it out sooner rather than later.
  5. There are 409 calories and 9 grams of carbs in one serving of this Pistachio Crusted Salmon (assuming the salmon fillet weighs 1300 grams and is divided into 6 portions).

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 45gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 1189mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 10.1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2.3mg
Keyword Pistachio Crusted Salmon, Pistachio Salmon, Salmon, Salmon with Pistachio Crust
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This post wast originally published in December of 2016. It has been updated. The recipe remains unchanged.

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Paul

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

What about adding parmiggianno cheese to the crust?

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Friday 25th of June 2021

Hello Paul, I haven't tried it but I think it could be delicious. Do let me know if you try it. Thanks!

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kelly

Sunday 10th of November 2019

How many Salmon filets is 1300 grams?

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Hi Kelly,

1300 grams is one large salmon fillet. Served with sides, it should easily feed 6 adults.

Phil in Pennsylvania

Sunday 6th of January 2019

Hosted the neighborhood Christmas party - looked for something easy and delicious! This was it.

I have to say I did not think it was going the be as great as it was. Everyone said it was delicious - I have to agree!

So if you'[re having folks over and want to impress them - this is the recipe to prepare.

Fast - appealing -and above all delicious! Thanks so much!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Thanks so much Phil for letting me know how much you liked this recipe, I'm glad everyone loved it. Your comment made my day!

vivian

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

This was a simple and delicious dinner. Perfect for this busy time of year when you want to serve your family healthy food but don't have much time to cook. Thanks for a great recipe!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 13th of December 2017

I'm so happy you enjoyed it, thanks for letting me know!

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