Salmon with Pistachio Crust

Okay, who here is sick of having chicken and beef all the time?! I for one am in a HUGE need to switch things up, and some savory salmon is just what I’ve needed. Salmon is seriously amazing. This particular seafood is known for its large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. I’m sure many of you are aware of what this is, but for those who don’t, let me shed some light. Omega-3 fatty acids are known as “essential” to our diets, and our bodies cannot produce them naturally on our own. Some of the known health benefits are things like decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer, and improving arterial function. That’s AMAZING! So, if I include salmon in my diet I could live longer, have more energy, and be generally healthier? Heck yes!

So now that I have convinced you of the need to include some salmon in your diet, here is the perfect recipe to get you started. Don’t be intimidated by the ingredients list. This recipe will only dirty two dishes, and can be made in no particular order – so easy. Just throw the ingredients together, put on fish, and voilà! You now have the perfect restaurant quality dinner that your family will ooh and aww about.

My one quick warning though – do NOT over cook! Salmon should be cook just until it flakes nicely. If overcooked, it will be very dry – not the melt-in-your-mouth quality that you want. So depending on your oven, I would cook for 12 minutes and then check every minute after until done. Once you’ve established the best cooking time for your oven then you’ll be golden from here on out for almost any salmon recipe you choose.

Lastly you can add this beautiful dish to a side of rice and some veggies. My personal favorite is some coconut rice (add some coconut milk and shredded coconut to your rice cooker), and sautéed seasoned asparagus. If you are looking for something a little lighter, add a big green leafy salad as a side and that’s all you really need. If you have any other great side ideas that go with salmon, please share, because this is going to start being a regular in our house. Bon appetit!

Salmon with Pistachio Crust

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets

1 plain and unsweetened Greek yogurt

1/2 cup dry panko bread crumbs

1 cup chopped pistachios

1 medium size onion (chopped small)

2 tbsps extra virgin Olive Oil

2 tbsps horseradish

1 tbsp dill weed or fresh dill

1 tsp grated lemon or orange

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp garlic mincer or clove

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place salmon skin side down in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread Greek yogurt over each fillet. In a small medium size bowl combine remaining ingredients. Pat crumble-nut mixture on tops and sides of each fillet by pressing to help crumble adhere to salmon.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until fish begins to flake easily with a fork. Bon Appetit!

Makes 4

 

 

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