Pistachio Pesto Crusted Salmon

[ 36 ] January 15, 2013 |

Pistachio Pesto crusted salmon

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We love salmon. I would say that we probably eat salmon at least once a week. There is so many ways to prepare it; baking, roasting grilling or pan frying, the result is always a favorite.

This is an absolutely delicious dish.

Pistachio Pesto crusted salmon


This pesto was so delicious, it will definitely be a keeper. It is great on the salmon and I can imagine it would be great  served over pasta. Pesto, a combination of basil, garlic, pine nuts, in this case we use pistachio  and olive oil. Easy and flavorful.

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon Filets are among my favorite things to make for dinner parties Not only do they have great stage presence, they are ridiculously easy to prepare.

Pistachio Pesto crusted salmon

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Pistachio Pesto Crusted Salmon
  • Pistachio pesto
  • 1½ cup fresh basil
  • 1½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1½ cup pistachios, shelled
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs, divided
  • Oven roasted salmon
  • 4 boneless salmon filet (6-oz each)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  1. Add pistachios, garlic to food processor and pulse until chopped. Add basil and parsley a handful at a time, pulsing after each addition, until finely chopped. With the motor running, add the olive oil gradually; puree until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Add ¼ cup breadcrumbs.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place the salmon skin side down onto baking sheet. Squeeze the juice of lemon onto the filet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon some dijon mustard on top.
  3. Spread a ¼-inch layer of the pesto evenly over the top of each fillet. Sprinkle the reserved breadcrumbs over the pesto. Bake until the salmon is cooked -- it should just start to turn opaque, with a trace of bright orange in the middle -- and the topping is lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.


Pistachio Pesto crusted salmon

Marie Poulin
Marie Poulin is a passionate food blogger and professional personal chef who enjoys sharing her healthy, inventive, recipes. You can find her on social media and subscribe to her blog to receive instant blog updates and receive a free ebook, Tasty Quinoa Recipes!

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  1. Bob Hawkins says:

    Thanks, this really does look good.

  2. I can’t wait to try this!! I absolutely love salmon and pistachios but have never tried them together; this is on my list for this week. Thank you for sharing and for your beautiful photography.

  3. Megan says:

    This sounds absolutely divine! Going to try this soon!

  4. Linda says:

    Marie, this looks awesome. I love salmon and pistachios together. I’ll have to try it with the pesto too.

  5. Isabel says:

    Just tonite we had salmon with lemon & dill. My husband and I were talking about having salmon at least once a week. I am planning on making it this weekend! And I LOVE pistachios…

    Thank you for the recipe


  6. gwen clark says:

    this looks so yummy!!!!….

  7. Natalia says:

    This is a great recipe ! Thank you. I’ve become a fan of healthy food recently and have been looking for interesting recipes recently. I so regret I didn’t find your blog on time to get a copy of that book of Mr Charles W James :( Any chance I might still get a pdf of it? That would really help me keeping a healthy versatile diet. Kind regards

  8. Megan G says:

    This recipe is amazing! I have made this 4 times in the last 6 weeks! And it was a huge hit with my family. I omitted the lemon due to a citrus allergy and it was still so flavorful. It is hard for me to find tasty recipes that I can eat due to a slew of recently diagnosed food allergies. This recipe makes me feel like I’m not missing out on great food! Thank you!!

  9. Lois Auger-Barrie says:

    The above salmon looks so good I think I will have it for supper next week when my grandson comes for supper..

  10. Terra says:

    Thank you for this recipe!
    just what i was looking for!

  11. Dan says:

    Any suggestions for what to serve this with? I’m cooking it tonight for my Sister’s birthday, finally have something to do with that bag of pistachios in the cupboard!

    • Dan, sorry, hope that I am not too late for answering your question. Just got back from work! I would serve a starch; like rice pilaf, orzo with sauteed mushrooms and a green vegetable like asparagus, broccoli or sauteed spinach and a nice Mixed Green salad is always good! Enjoy you dinner with your sister! Marie

  12. Lisa says:

    Sounds so good! If i don’t have fresh parsley, is there any substitution? I have dried. I do have fresh basil and cilantro. Also, are italian breadcrumbs okay? or should I use panko instead?
    Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Cheryl debarge says:

    I can’t wait to make this

  14. Alli says:

    Can you cook it the same with the skin removed beforehand?

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