Pistachio Crusted Salmon

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Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachios make a perfect crust for this simple oven baked fish!  In fact my Pistachio Crusted Salmon recipe might just end up being your new favorite way to cook fish.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon - healthy and quick fish dinner! / Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!  Oh happy Tuesday!

I’ve got something yummy for you guys today.  It involves a unique twist on salmon… something I hope is new to you!

Pistachio Crusted Salmon!

I love pistachios!  They have such a yummy and unique taste.  I even read they are the nut you will hear more about in 2015.

Move over almond, the pistachio is in town!

I got these pistachio “nut meats” from Trader Joes.  To make the Pistachio Crusted Salmon, I start by smashing my nuts into slightly smaller pieces.  You don’t want to obliterate them in a processor, just break them down a little.

Bad day at work?  Come home and smash these nuts! 🙂

You prepare the salmon by squeezing 1/2 lemon for every two pieces of fish and seasoning with salt and pepper on both sides.

You then put about a teaspoon of yummy grainy mustard on top.  You want a thin and even layer because the nut mixture is going to stick to this.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe / Running in a Skirt

You then make a mixtures of panko, Parmesan and a healthy serving of pistachios!

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe / Running in a Skirt

You turn your piece of salmon flesh side down into the pistachios and press well.

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Flip the fish back over and look what you have…

Pistachio crusted salmon perfection!

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe / Running in a Skirt

Serve with a simple side and you have a meal quick enough for a weeknight, but fancy enough for a dinner party!

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe / Running in a Skirt

Oh and do you like the look of those potatoes???  They are my duh… duh… duh…

FAMOUS Garlic and Herb Roasted Baby Red Potatoes.

And the recipe is coming up on Thursday.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe / Running in a Skirt


Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Julie Wunder
Pistachios make a perfect crust for this simple oven baked fish! In fact my Pistachio Crusted Salmon recipe might just end up being you new favorite way to cook fish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Fish
Servings 4


  • 4 pieces salmon, about 6 ounces
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 1/4 salted pistachios, shelled
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan
  • Cooking Spray


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over both sides of the salmon and salt and pepper both sides of the fish.
  • Evenly spread one teaspoon of mustard on each piece of fish.
  • Put the pistachios in a zipper bag and hit with the back of a measuring cup. You want to slightly break up the pieces, not turn them into dust.
  • Combine the broken pistachios, panko and parmesan and pour on a shallow plate large enough to dip the fish in.
  • Put the fish mustard side down into the pistachio mixture and press firmly to get the crust to stick. Make sure to get al of the corners!
  • Turn fish back over and place into the baking pan.
  • Put in oven for 20-25 minutes or just until fish is flaky.


I used salted pistachios for my recipe, if you use unsalted, you will need to add salt to the pistachio mixture. The fish I used was about 1 inch thick. If your piece is thicker or thinner, adjust the cooking times accordingly.
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Have a happy, wunderful, glorious day my friends!

I’m linking up today with Lean Lena for Tasty Tuesday, Annmarie for Foodie Friday and the Weekend Potluck.  I’m also sharing this post with #FoodieFriDIY with  A Dish of Daily Life. for the link up parties!

Your turn!

How is your week?

Do you like pistachios?

By | 2018-06-28T14:28:49-04:00 April 7th, 2015|Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Food|35 Comments


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  5. The Better Baker April 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Love! Love! Love! We lived in Alaska for 8 years…gotta love fresh ( & fresh caught) salmon any time. =) This is a beautiful recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Pinning!

  6. Sarah April 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Love this! Wishing it was for dinner tonight!

  7. Mila April 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Never would have thought of that combination, but it sounds amazing!I must admit, I find fish dishes quite boring most of the time, but that is just right up my street!
    I hope you’ll find the time to link up with us this week:


  8. Farrah April 10, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Salmon is quite likely one of my favorite things in the world. <3 This recipe makes me so happy. :D!!

  9. GiGi Eats April 8, 2015 at 12:15 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Salmon makes me heart MELTTTT INTO A PUDDLE OF LOVE! ha ha!

  10. Jess @hellotofit April 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Hehe love the catharsis from banging things on the kitchen counter 😛 this recipe looks phenomenal!! Pinned it to Pinterest.

    • JulieWunder April 12, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Me too 🙂 It’s the little things! Thanks so much for the pin. I really appreciate it.

  11. Nicole @ Fitful Focus April 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    My mouth is watering looking at this! Looks so good!

  12. Mary Jean Henson April 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    This will be tonight’s dinner! It looks and sounds amazing!Will let you know how it turns out!

  13. Jaime April 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This is very similar to a salmon recipe we have (we also add cranberries to it, and the salmon is cooked in aluminum foil.) This looks so good!!

  14. Gingi April 7, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Ohhh, I’ve actually made Pistachio Crusted Salmon before!! SOOOOO good, and sooooo healthy! And yes, I too get a deranged sense of joy from bashing the crap out of a bag of nuts. 😉 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  15. Lean Lena April 7, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This looks SO good, Julie! I love fish and pistachios, but I never really thought to combine the two together in one dish. Those potatoes look amazing, too 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with Tasty Tuesday this week 🙂

  16. Annmarie April 7, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

    I love salmon and pistachios…this looks amazing!

  17. jill conyers April 7, 2015 at 7:48 am - Reply

    2 of my favorite things, pistachios and salmon. Julie this looks wonderful! Pinning for menu planning.

    • JulieWunder April 7, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Thanks Jill! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  18. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie April 7, 2015 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness! I’ve had pistachio crusted grouper, but never salmon!

    • JulieWunder April 7, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

      I bet this would be equally as good on grouper. The salmon is yummy!

  19. This looks AMAZING. I am always looking for new ways to do salmon! I will definitely be trying this!

    • JulieWunder April 7, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Thanks Sue! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  20. Jenny April 7, 2015 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Um, YEAH! Salmon + pistachios = glorious! I’m excited to try this one! 😉

    • JulieWunder April 7, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

      It is really good and the mustard works perfectly!

  21. Susie @ SuzLyfe April 7, 2015 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Give me all the pistachios and no one gets hurt. For serious. I love pistachios, and I love pistachio crusted salmon! Delicious!

  22. Blane Sherer April 7, 2015 at 5:04 am - Reply

    That looks like a winner.
    I’ll give it a try.

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