Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe
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Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe

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Nutty pistachios add color and crunch when sprinkled on salmon. The cream sauce gives the dish a lemony smooth finish. —Ann Baker, Texarkana, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 salmon fillets (1 inch thick and 6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet with 1/4 cup sauce: 699 calories, 59g fat (20g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 837mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.


  1. Place fillets on a greased baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread with mayonnaise and sprinkle with pistachios.
  2. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cook and stir shallot in oil over medium-high heat until tender. Add cream, lemon peel, salt and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve with salmon. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce in Taste of Home June/July 2012, p65

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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LPHJKitchen User ID: 7521213 252626
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"We SERIOUSLY loved this! Our family is a huge pistachio fan so I wasn't surprised everyone loved them on salmon. My favorite was the sauce... so good and great with some steamed veggies and rice for sides!"

rendremik User ID: 6498398 245902
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"This is wicked good. I followed the recipe exactly except I omitted the salt. I could've eaten the whole salmon filet by myself! I served the lemon sauce over red potatoes and saut?ed kale. Amazing."

Wabbitsan User ID: 4770947 242187
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I made this recipe just as it called out. The second time I made it I tried Verlasso salmon, which gave the recipe a richer flavor. This recipe needs no changes except tiny seasoning changes to taste, that's it. I made cheddar drop biscuits and steamed winter veggies to go with it, It was incredible. This is a new family favorite!"

anselr User ID: 2011539 230128
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"This was really delicious and I will definitely make again. Just one thing - the pistachios I used were already salted, so I should have omitted sprinkling the salt on the salmon as it turned out a little too salty."

Francisca3032 User ID: 6052254 119051
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2012

"This turned out excellent!!! It was moist, creamy and had my favorite nut on there. I have four kids that ate it down faster than ice-cream. No left overs :)"

grandmatw User ID: 4614997 197960
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"We loved the recipe. I didn't include the shallots in the sauce. We loved the nutty taste of the pistachios and creamy sauce with the salmon. Easy to make, yet looks very elegant."

Dgarrett1017 User ID: 6751617 122706
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"I loved this recipe!!! We cook salmon all of the time and now this is one of our favorites. Very simple to make...didn't change a thing and it was yummy!"

ConnieVango User ID: 6611817 195378
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"This was so good. we had Broccoli with it and the sauce was good on it also"

sparkflo User ID: 6418831 197879
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"This recipe was EXCELLENT! My husband and I are definitely planning to put this on our list of recipes to make again. The flavor was astounding and the sauce was rich and creamy!"

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