Pistachio Crusted Salmon
Jan 08, 2024
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Pistachio Crusted Salmon, an easy gourmet style dinner that will impress the family and surprise you with delicious flavor. A 20 minute meal.
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Why Make Pistachio Crusted Salmon
Gourmet vibe but easy to make! This meal will impress your partner or family. It’s got rich flavor and textures from easy, pantry staple ingredients but it’s SO easy to whip up and it’s ready quickly.
Nutritious. Pistachio crusted salmon is healthy, full of good fats that have been shown to help heart health.
The side combinations are endless. Serve this salmon over a salad, like my Lemon Kale Salad or you can pair it with roasted veggies and rice. You can also serve the salmon with Lemon Orzo Salad for a more hearty meal.
Salmon. I prefer wild caught salmon, you can of course use any salmon of choice. Wild caught is a bit more nutritious.
Shelled Pistachios. I like to use salted pistachios but please feel free to use unsalted if needed.
Dijon Mustard. Use one that you prefer the flavor of. I like my dijon sharp/strong in flavor.
Mayonnaise. This gives the dish an extra creaminess that I love. Mayo and salmon are a great marriage. Try my Furikake Salmon if you like this combination.
All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card towards the bottom of this post.
Recipe Variations & Substitutions
Wild Caught Salmon. I always try to opt for wild caught salmon when I can, you can use farm raised salmon if needed, they will equally be delicious. You can use one large filet and slice it into equal pieces or buy salmon that’s already portioned.
Dijon Mustard. If you do not like dijon, whole grain mustard will also work, or you can skip the dijon and just use the mayonnaise. The same with the mayo, you can skip it and just use dijon if needed!
Maple Syrup. This brings all the flavors together and it helps to keep the pistachios stuck to the salmon. You can use honey in place of the maple syrup.
Steps To Make This Recipe
Step One. Preheat the oven to 375° Place salmon on a parchment-lined baking tray, pat it dry with a paper towel. Be sure to have the skin side down if the salmon has skin.
Step Two. Chop the pistachios, add them to a medium sized bowl. Add the seasoning, minced garlic, dijon, mayonnaise, maple syrup. Stir well.
Step Three. Evenly divide the pistachio mixture on top of the salmon fillets and coat them completely. Press the pistachio mix down with the back of a spoon. Drizzle the salmon with a pinch of oil and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
Step Four. Plate the salmon with sides and enjoy!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze these for up to 2 months.
I suggest using chopped almonds or chopped cashews in place of pistachios.
Yes, you can use salmon with skin, just be sure to place the salmon skin side down for baking.
Chop the pistachios into perfect size. Do not chop the pistachios too small, you will loose the great texture, but also be sure to chop them enough so they can stick to the top of the salmon well.
For reheating. The best way to reheat salmon is back in the oven to prevent it from drying out fast. You can do so by drizzling a little olive oil on top and baking them in the oven at 300º for about 5 minutes. An air fryer would also work well.
Taste the pistachio mix before adding to the salmon. Give it a little taste to be sure if has enough salt or maple syrup to your liking!
Other Salmon Recipes To Try
Pistachio Crusted Salmon
- sharp knife
- mixing bowl
- baking sheet
- 1½ lb salmon, 4-6oz filets
- ½ tsp olive oil , *to keep it from sticking
- ¾ cup pistachios, shelled
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup , *see notes
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- Preheat the oven to 375° Place salmon on a parchment-lined baking tray, pat it dry with a paper towel. Be sure to have the skin side down if the salmon has skin.
- Chop the pistachios, add them to a medium sized bowl. Add the seasoning, minced garlic, dijon, mayonnaise, maple syrup. Stir well.
- Evenly divide the pistachio mixture on top of the salmon fillets and coat them completely. Press the pistachio mix down with the back of a spoon. Drizzle the salmon with a pinch or spritz of oil and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
- Plate the salmon with sides of choice and enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.