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Pistachio Crusted Salmon

I love this recipes twist on a classic salmon dinner.  the Pistachio crust is amazing and 

combined with  the Lemon, Dill, pepper, and sugar combines a delicious sweet and 

savory combination to die for.  I've already preached about the health benefits for 

runners eating salmon {link to other post}, so heres some of the reasons this recipe in 

particular is going to be amazing for your health:

My top 3 health benefits from eating more Pistachios:

1) Healthy Blood

Pistachios are an incredibly rich source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential to make 

hemoglobin, the protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood stream to 

cells, and is also shown to increase the amount of oxygen carried.  Healthy blood is 

crucial for peak performance.

2) Heart Health

Pistachios have been shown to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increase the good 

HDL cholesterol after only a short period of regular consumption. High in antioxidants 

such as vitamins A and E, they fight inflammation, protecting blood vessels and 

reducing risk of heart disease. These benefits reducing heart disease can come from 

even just a small amount of pistachios in your diet. 

3) Weight Management

Pistachios are very high in the mineral Phosphorus which aids in protein breakdown to 

amino acids, helping with metabolism.  Also Eating pistachios aids in glucose tolerance, 

keeping your body fat percentage low which is ideal for performance in an endurance 


Enjoy the recipe!  I combined my salmon with a side spinach salad full of veggies, and 

mashed sweet potatoes.

Pistachio Crusted Salmon:


3-4 Salmon Filets (I get the Wild caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon thats individually wrapped 

and frozen) -thaw out in the fridge throughout the day so its ready for dinner time)

-1/2 cup Pistachio Nuts, chopped coarsely

-1/4 cup Brown Sugar or Honey

-2 T Lemon Juice 

-1/2 tsp fresh dill, chopped finely

-1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

-dash of salt


-Pre-heat oven to 425 F, line a baking dish with tin foil or cooking spray

-mix all of the ingredients together for the topping

-arrange the salmon filets on the dish and spoon the topping on tops and spread to cover each 


-bake uncovered for about 12-15 minutes.