Pecan Crusted Salmon Recipe

Pecan Crusted Salmon
Crusted Salmon / Brett Stevens / Getty Images.
  • 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

Edited by Katie Workman.

This is the kind of dish you order at a restaurant and think, "Could I possibly make this at home?"  It's actually quite easy! 

This pecan crusted salmon can be thrown together in practically no time. Pecans are rich and buttery nuts, most famously featured in pecan pie, and pralines as well.  If you want to make this baked salmon even more special, toast the pecans in advance. Just place the pecans in a dry skillet and heat over very low heat, tossing occasionally, until they start to brown and turn fragrant. Then mix the pecans with the bread crumbs and prepare the salmon according to the recipe directions.

Some great sides to go with this dish:

Tomato Scallion Rice

Simple Roasted Asparagus with Shallots and Parmesan

Zucchini, Tomato and Bulgur Salad

What You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or freshly-made bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 2 pounds salmon fillets, pin bones removed and cut into 4 pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Toss the pecans and panko together and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together 2 Tbsp. of the butter and the honey mustard.
  3. Place salmon fillets in a large baking dish, such as a 9 x 13 pan or gratin dish (compare prices). Season salmon with salt and pepper. Brush honey mustard mixture over salmon. Sprinkle pecan mixture on top of honey mustard mixture, patting with your fingers to help it adhere to the salmon.
  1. Drizzle remaining melted butter over the pecan crusted salmon. Bake 10-12 minutes, until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.


Did You Know?

The Environmental Defense Fund says the following:

There are five species of wild salmon from Alaska: chinook, chum, coho, pink, and sockeye.  All come from well-managed fisheries and are low in contaminants.  Arctic char is closely related to salmon and trout.

And salmon's sushi name is Sake, and the salmon roe is Ikura - now you can sound like a pro when you go to a Japanese restaurant.

Click here to see which types are salmon are the most sustainable!  Or to check out the sustainability of all kinds of seafood click tells you which seafood to buy or avoid, helping you select items that are fished or farmed in ways that have less impact on the environment. Get their recommendations and reports and learn the real facts behind your seafood.

And since the right kind of salmon is both environmentally friendly and delicious, here are a few more salmon recipes for your consideration:

Horseradish Ginger Salmon

Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing

Simplest Asian Salmon

Salmon Corn Chowder