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Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Presidents’ Weekend is normally pretty eventful. Not this year! The arctic temps forced me and Paul to be hermits pretty much the entire weekend..and it was glorious. I took one look at the “feels like” temps and put my onesie back on (for two days). As much as I reveled in being a total bum, by Monday I was completely stir crazy.


Redirecting my efforts to my dinner, I decided to drag us out to Trader Joe’s for a big food shop. We’ve pretty much mastered the art of navigating the wrap-around lines. A.K.A. Paul stands in line reading soccer news on his phone with our cart and I run around like a mad woman grabbing things from the stand.

I never quite know what I will end up with, so cooking after a Trader Joe’s shop is always an adventure. I went with salmon, and because I had a huge bag of pistachios sitting on my counter, I decided to cover them with a nut crust. This recipe is extremely easy with the right amount of sweet thanks to the honey dijon mix.

We had enough for a full dinner for two and then salmon salads the following day, which still held the delicious flavor.



  • 2 salmon fillets (approx. 6 oz. each, skin on) (wild King or your favorite variety)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup pistachio nuts, shelled
  • 2 Tbsp panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Rinse salmon and pat dry with paper towel. Arrange salmon on a foil (or parchment paper) lined baking sheet, skin side down. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard and honey. Spoon mixture and spread evenly over top of each salmon fillet.
  4. Coarsely chop pistachios in a food processor (or coffee grinder) and combine with panko and canola oil. Spread pistachio mixture on top of salmon, pressing lightly to adhere.
  5. Bake until salmon is cooked through to your liking and pistachios are golden, approx. 15-20 min. Let salmon rest 5 min.(outside of oven) before serving (Salmon will continue to cook during this time so keep this in mind when removing salmon from oven).

Source: Simply Healthy Kitchen


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