Pistachio-Crusted Salmon


This pistachio-crusted salmon recipe makes ordinary salmon extra special by topping it with a flavorful crust. You can have it on the table in under 30 minutes for a quick weeknight meal or a dinner party for guests. Serve it with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

close up view of Pistachio-Crusted Salmon, served with salad and lemon wedges on a white plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ¼ cup crushed pistachios

  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 4 (6 ounce) fillets salmon with skin, center cut

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 4 lemon wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Combine pistachios, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and butter in a small bowl; stir with a fork until evenly combined.

  3. Lightly season salmon fillets with salt and pepper on both sides.

  4. Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Sear salmon fillets, flesh-side down, for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn heat off and flip salmon pieces over so skin side is down.

  5. Brush tops of salmon evenly with Dijon mustard. Top with pistachio mixture, pressing mixture down onto salmon.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until salmon flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.


Salmon fillets that are 1- to 1 1/4-inch thick work best.

Use a mini food processor to chop pistachios quickly; alternately, you can use a resealable plastic bag and a meat mallet to crush the nuts.

Editor's Note:

Please note differences in total time when following the magazine version of this recipe. The magazine version broils the lemon halves and uses kale, watercress, and/or frisée as garnishes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

459 Calories
32g Fat
7g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 459
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 322mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 713mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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