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Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce

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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."

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!"

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."

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 :)"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

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

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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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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