Pistachio & Garlic Crusted Salmon

This dish truly has it all. It looks so incredibly elegant, tastes amazing and most importantly its packed with a lot of nutrients. What else could you ask for? Oh! and its super easy to make. I was skeptical when I first thought of this recipe thinking that the pistachios and garlic wouldn’t go well together but it totally did. It kind of tastes like a recipe that has a million ingredients when really it only has a few.

[ Serves 2 ]



  • 2 Salmon Filets
  • 3 tbs pistachio (roasted is better)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (leave this out if you don’t like garlic)
  • sprinkle of salt and Pepper




  1. Preheat oven to 375 and remove the skin of the filets if the butcher didn’t already and gently poke holes on top of the salmon and sprinkle with salt and pepper (the side where the skin was will be face down)
  2. Using a hand grinder, grind the garlic, pistachios, olive oil and salt and pepper together. If you don’t have a grinder then you could use a food processor. You’ll probably have to make more as the processor won’t be able to mix such a small amount. 
  3. Divide the mixture and add on top of both of the salmon filets. It won’t cover the entire thing which is good because the pistachio mixture is pretty rich so you want it to only be on part of it like the picture.
  4. Add salmon filets on a sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Everyones oven is different and everyones piece of fish is different so cook until you think its right, it should be about 20 minutes. A way to know that you might have overcooked salmon is when the white stuff start coming out of the skin. This means its been overcooked so if you do see that immediately take it out. 
  5. Add some more pistachios on top for presentation and enjoy!


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Tatiana Merciyan

Author: Tatiana Merciyan

Tatiana Merciyan Rumi is a foodie at heart and a wife and mommy to Sam and Gia, who are her everything. She has always had a big love for food and culture and truly enjoys cooking as well as coming up with new and healthy recipes. She is Armenian and holds the pride of love and family dear to her heart. She is grateful for her upbringing and family roots who have introduced her to all ethnicities of food. In her spare time, she loves to travel and see how other people live, eat and enjoy their lives. Find more delicious recipes and food tips from her @ https://www.instagram.com/gratefulbelly/ and www.gratefulbelly.net.