This easy nut crusted salmon takes just 5 minutes to put together up and is on the table in under 30 minutes! The honey dijon glaze topped with nuts of your choice makes for the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Is salmon healthy for you?
Salmon is considered a heart-healthy fish because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to be beneficial for us. Fish overall is an incredible source of healthy fats, protein, and vitamin D–which can be hard to find in other food sources.
Eating fish twice a week is the magic number. It may seem like a daunting task to prepare a nice seafood meal. Luckily, this nut crusted salmon is so easy to make.
How do I make nut crusted salmon?
Start by making the honey glaze
In a small bowl, stir together all glaze ingredients until combined. This glaze is the perfect combination of savory and sweet with both dijon mustard and honey. The fresh thyme and rosemary pack flavor without adding calories or sodium. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs instead.
Pour the glaze over the salmon
Place salmon on a rimmed baking sheet or pan. Pour the honey glaze over the top of the salmon so it’s completely coated but not running off of the salmon. For this recipe, I am using 1 pound of salmon whole, but you could also use salmon fillets.
After pouring over the glaze, you may end up with some extra glaze. You can save this for drizzling over the salmon at the end. I also like to use the extra glaze to toss with vegetables and olive oil for roasting.
Press chopped nuts onto the glaze
Coarsely chop up nuts and press them onto the glaze over top of the salmon. You can use any nuts of your choice. I typically use almonds, walnuts, pecans, or a combination of them all.
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats like monounsaturated fat, as well as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats.
Finally, bake the salmon
Bake the salmon at 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Fish should reach a minimum internal temperature of 145°F at the thickest part.
This oven temperature at 425 degrees is also a great for roasting vegetables. Whenever I make this meal, I like to toss any veggies I have on hand with a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and any of the leftover honey glaze to roast. Vegetables that go well with this meal are small florets of broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, or a combination.
What do I eat with salmon?
If you have leftover salmon, seal it up in an airtight container to heat up the next day or throw over some leafy greens for a protein-packed salad.
Try these other healthy salmon recipes:
Easy Nut Crusted Salmon
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon
finely chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup nuts of your choice, coarsely chopped (walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios, or a mixture)
- 1 pound salmon
- Lemon wedges, optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl mix together honey, dijon mustard, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
- Spoon the honey glaze evenly over the salmon until completely coated but not running off of the salmon. You may end up with some extra glaze.*
- Press chopped nuts on top of the glazed salmon.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and bake salmon for 12-15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.** Serve with lemon wedges on the side, if desired.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.