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Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce

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


  • 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 zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Place fillets on a greased baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread with mayonnaise and sprinkle with pistachios.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cook and stir shallot in oil over medium-high heat until tender. Add cream, lemon zest, salt and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve with salmon.
Nutrition 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.
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  • marles52
    Feb 12, 2018

    So, so good! So easy. It's a keeper!!

  • LPHJKitchen
    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
    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
    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
    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.

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    May 28, 2013

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    Oct 25, 2012

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  • Francisca3032
    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 :)