Pecan Crusted Salmon Recipe

This easy, pecan crusted salmon recipe is so simple to make, with just 5 healthy ingredients. Plus, it’s all sorts of healthy – dairy free, gluten free, Whole 30 & paleo friendly. It makes a perfect weeknight meal that will impress anyone at your table. Makes 4 servings.

pecan crusted salmon recipe

It’s officially the first week of playoffs for Marc’s team. It’s chaotic and exciting at the same time, and it’s really a lot of fun to watch the games – a lot more fun then during the regular season.

They won the first game of the five game series last night and tonight there’s another game.  Needless to say, our daily activities consists of him napping and me trying to be as quiet as I can so not much cooking is getting done. Not that I’m complaining. It’s a nice break from our usual routine.

Before the playoffs began, we managed to have a few great meals, and this pecan crusted salmon is one of those meals.

baked salmon with pecan crust

Why I love this pecan crusted salmon recipe

Pecans are hands-down my favorite nuts. If they weren’t so expensive I would eat them roasted, salted, candied, coated in cinnamon – any way I can. I love pecans.

Putting them on salmon is just another great way to eat them. I’ve always considered pecan crusted salmon to be a fancy restaurant dish that I couldn’t make at home, but I was wrong.

It takes only a few minutes and a few ingredients to whip up the tasty topping, and then you simply pop it in the oven until the salmon is cooked. It’s the perfect dish for entertaining – or for any old night at home with your family.  Marc and I had this the other night with some plain couscous and creamy cucumber salad.

pecan crusted salmon process images

Here’s what you’ll need to make salmon with pecan crust

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pecan crusted salmon topping

How to make pecan crusted salmon

Prep your salmon. If your salmon didn’t come in individual fillets, you should cut them to into single portions before cooking. If you don’t want to do this, you may have to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Mix the topping. Stir your topping ingredients into a mixing bowl until the mixture is evenly combined. Spoon the mixture onto your salmon fillets and spread it out until they’re evenly coated.

Bake the salmon. Place the salmon fillets on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake them at 375˚F for about 20 minutes. The salmon should easily be cooked in this time, but you can check it with a fork (see below), if you’re not sure.

pecan crusted salmon recipe before baking

FAQs and tips for making this easy salmon recipe

Do you take the skin off of salmon? You don’t have to take the skin off of salmon. In fact, you can actually eat it. It’s fully of the same nutrients as the salmon itself. But, most people prefer not to eat the skin when salmon has been baked in the oven due to the texture.

How do I know if salmon is cooked? Salmon is considered fully cooked at 145˚F. If you want, you can use a thermometer to determine if it’s done, or you can test it with a fork. If it easily flakes, it’s cooked.

pecan crusted salmon recipe

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pecan crusted salmon recipe

Pecan Crusted Salmon

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This easy, pecan crusted salmon recipe is simple to make, with just 5 healthy ingredients. It’s dairy free, gluten free, Whole 30 and paleo friendly. #salmon #pecan



  • 4 individual salmon fillets
  • 1/4 chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine pecans, parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper.
  3. Spread the topping evenly over the salmon filets.
  4. Bake salmon for 20 minutes, or until fish is fully cooked and easily flakes with a fork.

Keywords: dairy free, 5 ingredient, whole 30, paleo, healthy, easy, gluten free


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from The Tasty Life.

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  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    March 8, 2013 at 6:36 am

    This is not only delicious, also loaded with protein! Love it!

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    March 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    This looks delicious and I love the idea of the crunch from the pecans. I am definitely pinning this and going to try it. Thanks so much!
    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    So pretty, picture is great. This Salmon looks delicious!
    Thank you for sharing at Memories by the Mlie, I pinned it. Can’t wait to see what you share next week.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    March 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I want to try that!!

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    […] Salmon is something we love for our dinners! I’ve never expanded my recipe though besides the basic lemon/dill and bake for 25 minutes. Tonight I tried something new I found on Pinterest: Pecan Crusted Salmon […]

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    January 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    More seafood recipes please! Do you have a cookbook?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      January 28, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      I will try my best! No. I don’t have a cookbook. Maybe someday!

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