Pistachio Crusted Salmon
This Pistachio Crusted Salmon recipe is quick and easy dinner that you can get on the table in 30 minutes or less, making it the perfect weeknight meal. The crunchy pistachio crust, paired with the sweet and tangy sauce, and a splash of citrus enlightens all of your taste buds in one simple bite.
Salmon is one of the easiest fish to cook; it’s versatile, fast and simple. There are many different ways to cook salmon, be it in the oven, on the grill, under the broiler or on a summer’s BBQ, they all enhance the flavour of the fish in their own special way. Truth be told, salmon doesn’t take as much time as most people think it does. I think far too often, people end up cooking the life out of their salmon, and think they don’t like it because the flavour is not there. Salmon truly tastes it best when it is light and buttery, and that texture can be easily attained at home.
I’m definitely not re-inventing the wheel with this recipe, a quick google and you will see that there are many recipes for pistachio crusted salmon, so this is my take on it. The quality of your dish, really comes down to the quality of your salmon, so buying the best quality salmon available will ensure your dish hits the mark. The bulk of salmon sold in the grocery store is either farmed, or was caught and shipped to China for processing before hitting your grocery store shelves. As with all of the food I buy, I try (whenever possible) to buy more responsibility and sustainably sourced options. To me, it is worth the extra time and investment to ensure that I am consuming something that is more nutritious and has a smaller environmental footprint. There is a great local fishmonger in my area that sources sustainable seafood, so be sure to check out your neighbourhood to see what is available. Alternatively, I often order from my friends at truLOCAL (and you can too) because their salmon is wild-caught Alaskan, caught using a hook and line, and shipped directly to Ontario, ensuring some of the best quality salmon possible.
Pistachio Crusted Salmon
If you don’t have honey, maple syrup would work just as well in this marinade, and Dijon mustard can be swapped for grainy mustard or any other type you might have on hand.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Mains
- Cuisine: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoon honey, raw or unpasteurized
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, Dijon mustard and honey.
- Using a large knife or a food processor, roughly chop the pistachios into a coarse meal.
- Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet and season with sea salt.
- Spoon marinade evenly over each salmon fillet and top with crushed pistachios.
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 or until flaky and cooked through.
- Serve warm and enjoy!