Pistachio Crusted Coriander Salmon

This dish is one of my favorites.  I think that’s because I invented it using my nose.  I opened the spice cabinet and let it do the choosing.  The herbal-ness of the coriander and cardamom meets savory celery salt and onion powder, which all marries perfectly with the buttery pistachio coating and richness of a perfect wild caught salmon filet.  Mmmmmm…I think I’ll go make it right now.

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Pistachio Crusted Coriander Salmon

Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Keto, Low Carb, NSNG, Paleo


  • 1 cup ground pistachios
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to coat pan
  • salt
  • 2-4 wild caught salmon fillets
  • Lemon wedges for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grind up pistachios in food processor or vitamix so that there is some variance in the texture of the nuts (i.e., some of it should be finely ground, and a little should be more coarsely ground). Remove ground pistachios from blender and put in bowl. Add celery salt, cardamon, coriander, onion powder, fresh cracked pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Salt salmon filets and then coat them with the pistachio mixture. Place salmon in an oiled cast iron skillet or baking pan skin side down. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, checking on it every 10 minutes. If you notice it starting to burn on top (pistachios are very delicate), cover the pan with aluminum foil for the remainder of the time. Remove from oven, garnish with lemon and enjoy!
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  • christina / Reply

    This is now my favorite salmon recipe!! The pistachio crust is amazing!! Thank you Anna

  • This is also excellent with chicken breasts!

    • YES!! I make it with chicken breasts all the time as it only takes a few minutes, and the flavors seem to go great with chicken as well as salmon.

  • Betsy Page / Reply

    Hey—I couldn’t find pistachios today so I got some walnuts and almonds instead. Will nuts really just puree in a food processor without adding any liquid to it? Just wanted to make sure before I screwed it up. Thanks!

    • Absolutely! Remember, you are only making crumbs with which to coat the salmon or meat. If you puree too long, you’ll make nut butter!

      • Betsy Page / Reply

        Cool; thanks! Never tried it before; I’ll see how it goes 🙂

        • Betsy Page / Reply

          Made it tonight. Soooo good! Husband was impressed 🙂

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