Pecan-Crusted Salmon

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

2 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
The combination of the nutty coating and the cool sauce in this pecan-crusted salmon recipe from Cheryl Bykowski of Punta Gorda, Florida turns ordinary salmon into something special. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Pecan-Crusted Salmon Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • CUCUMBER SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh dill or 1/8 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place salmon skin side down in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise over each fillet.
  2. In a small bowl, combine pecans, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and butter; spoon over salmon. Bake until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 10-15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cucumber sauce ingredients. Serve with the salmon.
Pecan-Crusted Salmon Tips

What type of salmon is best for pecan-crusted salmon?

If you're just starting to learn how to cook salmon, knowing what to look for when buying salmon is the first place to start. This pecan-crusted salmon recipe calls for fillets with the skin on, but you could use skinless fillets if those are all that's available. Look for salmon that has bright, metallic skin, flesh that springs back when touched and an odor that isn't overly fishy.

Do you need to cover salmon while it's in the oven?

Most baked salmon recipes like this one aren't covered while they are in the oven. This allows the salmon and any toppings to get lightly browned. Baking also promotes crispy skin, if you're cooking a skin-on fillet.

What do you serve with pecan-crusted salmon?

This pecan-crusted salmon is served with a cucumber sauce, but there are so many toppings for easy salmon recipes. Consider other condiments like tartar sauce, basil pesto or a simple lemon butter. Serve with one or two of the many side dishes for salmon, like roasted asparagus, sauteed green beans or rice pilaf. And don't forget to pick up a bottle of vino—specifically choosing a wine that goes well with salmon.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet with 1/3 cup yogurt sauce: 745 calories, 54g fat (11g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 39g protein.