This pistachio crusted salmon recipe is a sight to behold. If you are looking for something stunning to serve to guests, an alternative holiday dinner, or participate in the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes, this salmon recipe is not only gorgeous to serve, but is absolutely delicious and healthy. You will score points as a gourmet chef! PS – it’s super quick and easy to make, AND it’s Paleo and Whole30 compliant. It will be our little secret. Get the recipe…
This salmon is sure to wow any guests, and it’s especially perfect for the holidays. Hubby is Italian, and we made this for the Feast of the 7 Fishes for Christmas Eve. I am mostly vegan, but I do make an exception for salmon. It’s super healthy for you and with a presentation like this… I never get tired of it.
For anyone who is tracking, it’s gluten free, dairy free, Paleo, and Whole30 compliant. YES!
Salmon and Mercury
There are amazing health benefits to eating wild salmon, which is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, omega-3 fatty acids can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other diseases. However, you should monitor your wild salmon consumption if you are pregnant or nursing.
You are probably well aware of the potential health effects of mercury in salmon or larger fish. Salmon is available as wild or farm raised. When mercury enters into our water sources, the bacteria initiates a chemical reaction, which produces the toxic form of methylmercury.
Farm Raised vs. Wild Salmon
The EPA and the FDA both recognize salmon as a low-mercury fish, but they do not make a distinction between wild and farm-raised. The source of your salmon is extremely important. A 2004 and 2008 study (among others) found that farmed salmon had significantly higher levels of contaminants and mercury than their wild counterparts.
It is important to know that Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is not allowed to be farmed and has a very low risk of mercury contamination compared to farm-raised salmon.
The Perfect Pomegranate
The perfect pomegranate. They are full of fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, potassium, and also contain the antioxidant punicalagin and punicic acic, which is known for it’s heart benefits. Pomegranates are anti-inflammatory, they help to fight breast and prostate cancers, lower blood pressure, fight arthritis, lower risk of heart disease, help fight bacterial and fungal infections, and improve memory.
I purchase the pre-shelled pistachios and then use a meat tenderizer to crush them in a resealable bag. I like to keep some aside for garnish, and not crush them entirely. One time when I made this recipe, the store didn’t have the pre-shelled pistachios, so I purchased regular shelled ones. My fingers were bleeding by the time I shelled the entire bag. It’s up to you, but for me, it’s worth paying a wee bit more for the shelled ones.
You can buy fresh, packaged, or frozen pomegranates. They will all work. To make the glaze, just add all of the ingredients in a Nutribullet and done. Save some of the glaze to use as a dressing for a complimentary salad.
Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze Recipe
Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze
For the Glaze
- 2 TBSP EVOO
- 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
- 1 Splash Lemon Juice
- 1 Pinch Sea Salt
- 2 TBSP Pom Arils
For the Salmon
- 1 Pound Salmon Filet
- 6 oz Shelled Pistachios
- 1 Cup Pom Arils
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix glaze ingredients together in a Nutribullet.
Crush pistachios in a sealable bag. Leave some out for garnish.
Add pom arils to pistachios and mix together.
Drizzle glaze over the top of the salmon, using a pastry brush to spread out.
Save remaining glaze for salad dressing.
Top with pistachios-poms topping and spread out evenly.
Bake either on a cast iron skillet or a baking sheet for 20 minutes. Salmon will be done when it flakes off easily.
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