Pistachio Crusted Salmon

This beautiful Pistachio Crusted Salmon couldn’t be easier to make! Chopped pistachios, honey, garlic and fresh parsley top salmon filets before going into the oven. A restaurant-worthy dinner that only takes 20 minutes to make!

black platter with pistachio crusted salmon and bok choy

Why You’ll Love This Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe

Not only are we sharing this easy Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe with you, we have lots of helpful tips and details to make this recipe look and taste it’s best!

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  • Easy To Make: This salmon recipe only takes 20 minutes from the prep work to being ready to eat.
  • Affordable: Going out for a seafood dinner can often be pricey. Making seafood like this salmon recipe at home is much more affordable.
  • Customizable: You can always leave off the pistachio topping and cook some plain salmon filets, or use a different glaze or topping. We have some ideas for you further down in the post.
  • Make Ahead: You can easily prep the topping for this recipe ahead of time to make dinner time even easier.

Ingredients You’ll Need

The topping for this salmon recipe only needs a few ingredients to come together. You can buy pistachios already chopped or buy regular pistachios, shell them and give them a rough chop.

Scroll down to the recipe card for a complete list of ingredients and amounts needed.

  • 2 large or 4 smaller salmon filets (about 2 pounds total)
  • Chopped Pistachios: you can buy pistachios already chopped or chop them yourself.
  • Honey: Just a touch to hold the topping together and for added sweetness.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic, minced.
  • Fresh Parsley: Fresh parsley, chopped.
  • Stone Ground Mustard: We like the texture and flavor of stone ground mustard for this recipe but you can also use dijon mustard.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice for to brighten the flavor.
pistachio topping for salmon recipe

Choose The Right Salmon Filet

Choosing the perfect salmon is key to creating a delicious pistachio-crusted salmon dish. When shopping for salmon, look for fillets that are fresh, firm, and brightly colored with no discoloration or dry spots. Wild-caught salmon tends to have a better flavor and texture than farmed salmon, but both can make for a delicious meal.

When it comes to salmon, the thickness of the fillet is just as important as the quality. Aim for fillets that are around 1 inch thick to ensure even cooking. If the fillet is too thin, it may overcook quickly and become dry.

How To Prepare Pistachio Crusted Salmon

  1. Place the salmon filets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can use two larger filets like we have here or four smaller pieces of salmon. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix the pistachio topping together and spread onto the salmon, pressing down to ensure that the topping sticks to the top.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, depending on how thick your salmon filets are. Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. According to the FDA, salmon is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

What Side Dishes Go Well With Salmon?

Simple side dishes like pan roasted bok choy are delicious with salmon. Or any kind of roasted vegetable, rice or potato side dish. It depends on what you’re looking for, but we have some great ideas here for you!

black platter with pistachio crusted salmon and bok choy


If pistachios aren’t your preference, you can use any kind of nut for the topping. Walnuts, pecans, almonds and even macadamia nuts would all be delicious.

Just make sure that the topping doesn’t burn, as different nuts are more delicate. Cover the top of the salmon filets with aluminum foil if you find that the nut topping is getting too brown.

Different herbs also will work well in this recipe, like thyme and rosemary. It’s all about the flavor that you like.

fork with a bite of salmon on black platter

Storing and Reheating Salmon

Make sure to store any leftover salmon in an air tight container. This will help to preserve the freshness of the salmon and also not allow the smell of fish to seep out into your fridge.

When reheating your salmon, it’s best to use the microwave or oven. Be sure to reheat it slowly and at a low temperature to avoid drying it out. You can also add a little lemon juice or butter to help keep the salmon moist during reheating.

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black platter with pistachio crusted salmon and bok choy

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

This Pistachio Crusted Salmon recipe is ready to serve in just 20 minutes! An easy date night at home recipe or a delicious seafood dinner for your family.



  • 2 large salmon filets or 4 smaller salmon filets (approximately 2 pounds total)
  • Fresh kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Dry off the salmon filets with paper towels and then season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the chopped pistachios, honey, mustard, parsley, garlic and lemon juice to a bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Spread the mixture onto the salmon filets, pressing down to ensure that the filling will stick to the fish.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your salmon. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. If the pistachio topping starts getting too brown, cover loosely with aluminum foil and continue cooking until the fish is done.

Recipe Notes

Store: Store leftover salmon in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat: Reheat leftover salmon in the microwave or oven until warmed through.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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