Golden Pecan Crusted Salmon Delight


Embark on a culinary journey with our Golden Pecan Crusted Salmon Delight, where the richness of salmon meets the nutty crunch of pecans. This dish is a harmonious blend of flavors and textures, featuring a succulent salmon fillet crowned with a crispy, buttery pecan crust. It's not just a meal, it's a celebration of fine taste, perfect for impressing guests or treating yourself to a gourmet experience at home.

Golden Pecan Crusted Salmon Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 salmon fillet per person

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 420 kcal
  • Protein: 34g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 1g


  • Salmon fillets, skin on: 4 pieces (about 200g each, totaling 800g or 1.76 pounds / 28.2 ounces)
  • Pecans, finely chopped: 120g (4.2 ounces / 0.26 pounds)
  • Panko breadcrumbs: 60g (2.1 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped: 30g (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Dijon mustard: 30g (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Honey: 15g (0.5 ounces / 0.03 pounds)
  • Garlic, minced: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix Pecan Crust: Combine chopped pecans, panko breadcrumbs, parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Prepare Salmon: Brush each salmon fillet with a mixture of Dijon mustard and honey.
  4. Crust the Salmon: Press the pecan mixture onto the mustard-coated side of each fillet.
  5. Cook the Salmon: Place fillets, crust side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and salmon is cooked to your liking.
  6. Serve: Let the salmon rest for a few minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Pecan Size: Ensure pecans are finely chopped for a uniform crust.
  • Mustard Layer: The mustard not only adds flavor but also helps the pecan crust adhere to the salmon.
  • Don't Overcook: Keep an eye on the salmon to prevent overcooking. The center should be slightly translucent when done.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use other nuts instead of pecans?

Yes, almonds or walnuts can be used as alternatives.

Is this dish gluten-free?

For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs.

Can I prepare this in advance?

You can prepare the crust mixture ahead of time, but it's best to bake the salmon fresh.

What side dishes go well with this?

Light salads, steamed vegetables, or a simple quinoa pilaf complement this dish beautifully.