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.
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.
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.
Here’s what you’ll need to make salmon with pecan crust
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.
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.
Complete the meal:
- Beer battered onion rings
- Glazed carrots
- Easy broccoli salad
- Tomato salad
- Coconut rice
- Macaroni salad
More salmon recipes:
- Walnut crusted salmon
- Salmon with avocado cucumber salsa
- Miso roasted salmon
- Teriyaki sesame crusted salmon
- Salmon with dill sauce
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
- 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
Keywords: dairy free, 5 ingredient, whole 30, paleo, healthy, easy, gluten free
Recipe adapted from The Tasty Life.
Last Updated on April 28, 2020 by Melissa Belanger