I can't believe that after over a year of blogging, this is my first salmon recipe! Salmon is probably the seafood that is most regularly cooked in our home so I cannot fathom why I am just now sharing a recipe with you! So as a consolation prize, let me share a more exquisite salmon recipe with you... pistachio-crusted salmon.
I first tried pistachio-crusted salmon at a local steakhouse on my birthday last year. You might be thinking, who orders seafood at a steakhouse? I do. And as soon as I took that first bite, I was instantly inspired. This dish is drool-worthy amazing. Somehow the nutty pistachio mixed with the honey, lemon and garlic flavours in the glaze work wonders when combined with wild salmon. I just knew that I had to make my own version of pistachio-crusted salmon. And lucky for you, after some trial and error, here it is!
What makes this dish even better is that despite the ultra sophisticated persona it ensues, it is a one pan meal that takes less than 20 minutes to make! That's what I love about salmon. No matter how exquisite the dish, it is so quick and easy to make. It truly makes the perfect weeknight dinner.
To make this easy and delicious pistachio-crusted salmon, you will need the following ingredients (quantities in recipe card below):
- wild salmon - fillets (approximately 6 ounces (175 g) grams each)
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- Dijon mustard
- lemon juice
How to Make the Best Pistachio-Crusted Salmon
- Prep salmon. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Place salmon on a lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon on a parchment-lined quarter sheet baking pan.
- Add pistachio topping. In a small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, and honey. Spread ¾ of the mixture evenly over the salmon. Add pistachios to the remaining mixture and stir to combine. Spoon the pistachio mixture on top of the salmon and press lightly into salmon using the back of a spoon.
- Bake. Bake in a 375 F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until salmon is flaky. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
How to Serve Pistachio-Crusted Salmon
You can serve pistachio-crusted salmon with a starchy side such as Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Parmesan Baby Potatoes, a side of long-grain Basmati Rice, or Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (for a lower carb option).
I also always pair this with a side of vegetables, such as:
- Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms
- Honey Roasted Carrots
- Roasted Spring Vegetables
- Garlic Green Beans
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Air Fryer Asparagus (or Roasted Asparagus)
- How to store: Store pistachio-crusted salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- How to reheat: Reheat in a 300 F preheated oven or air fryer for 5-10 minutes until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat in the microwave in 20-second increments until heated all the way through.
- Freezing salmon? Freezing cooked salmon is not recommended as it will cause the salmon to become rubbery and tough.
More Seafood Recipes
- Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon
- Baked Maple Salmon
- Miso Salmon
- Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl
- Sheet Pan Miso Salmon with Bok Choy
- Black Cod with Black Bean Sauce
- Almond-Crusted Halibut with Lemon Garlic Butter
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