Pistachio crusted salmon is a simple but tasty keto recipe that’s perfect for date night dinner at home but easy enough to make any night of the week.

Fork picking up a piece of baked salmon

This amazing Pistachio Crusted Salmon combined two of my favorite keto foods, fresh salmon and delicious, crunchy pistachios (love them in these keto cookies too!). Put them both together and you have a simple, elegant, baked salmon.

Pistachios and dijon mustard add flavor and pizzazz perfectly cooked, moist, tender salmon. It’s a completely keto dinner that is fancy enough to impress your Boo on date night, but easy enough to make that you can make it any night of the week.

Make it along with some air fryer asparagus or crispy brussels sprouts for the ultimate keto dinner.

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Ingredients for Pistachio crusted salmon

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need for this healthy and delicious salmon:

  • Salmon – You can use either a whole piece or one that is cut into 4 ounce portions
  • Pistachios – You’ll need shelled and salted pistachios, or if you prefer, you use pecans for an equally tasty alternative.
  • Seasonings – For seasoning, you’ll need salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard.

If you like this easy baked salmon make sure to give our Blood Orange Glazed Salmon a try too!

Pistachio crusted salmon filets on a black sheet pan


Step 1 – Season the filets. Before starting your prep, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

As it heats up, lightly salt and pepper both sides of the salmon. Next, spread the Dijon mustard over each side of the filet and press them into the pistachios until both sides are covered in nuts.

Step 2 – Bake and serve. Once the salmon has a crust, place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the salmon is tender and flakes easily with a fork. The general rule of thumb is to cook the salmon for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, so cook times will vary based on the thickness of your filet.

Finally, remove from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving hot.

Black fork with a piece of Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Is it Healthy? 

Yes! Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, B vitamins, and potassium… just to name a few nutrients.

Pistachios provide unsaturated fatty acids and potassium, are high in antioxidants, and are a good source of protein. 

If you follow a low carb or keto diet, this recipe is perfect for you. It is both low in carbs and offers a high amount of fat to help balance out the protein. 

Even with all its health benefits, this salmon recipe melts in your mouth and will make you forget you are eating a healthy dinner.

Two pieces of pistachio crusted salmon on a black sheet pan

What is a good side dish to serve with Salmon? 

Salmon is a great main course, but it can definitely use some side dishes to help round it out. Here are some tasty suggestions for what to serve with your salmon.

  • Air Fryer Asparagus – Crispy asparagus stalks are a perfect side for salmon and add some great additional nutritional benefits.
  • Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts – Brussel sprouts taste amazing when you air fry them and serve them alongside a crispy salmon dinner.
  • The BEST Cauliflower Mash {Keto} – An absolute must on the keto diet! This cauliflower mash is so good, you’ll forget you aren’t eating potatoes. 
  • Italian Green Bean Salad – If you have never tried an Italian green bean salad, you might just want to check it out when you make this salmon dish. It combines Italian dressing over fresh green beans for a taste like no other.
  • Winter Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette – This crispy salad contains nuts and fruit for a delicious mid winter salad that is big on flavor. 
  • Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes  – A much healthier way to enjoy fried potatoes, these air fried treats are a great compliment to pecan crusted salmon.

Can I Make It Ahead of Time? 

Though you could make it ahead, we don’t recommend it. The recipe is so quick and easy, you can make it just about any night of the week.

If you decide to make it ahead of time or have left overs, you can warm it  for 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave. Trust us though, this recipe is best served hot and fresh from the oven.

Fork picking up a piece of baked salmon

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins

Pistachio Crusted Salmon

This simple Pistachio Crusted Salmon recipe is elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough for a weeknight dinner.


  • 16 ounces Salmon, 4 – 4 ounce filets
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup Pistachios, roughly chopped
  • Salt & pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Lightly salt and pepper both sides of each salmon filet.
  • Add Dijon mustard to each filet and then press the chopped pistachios into the mustard.
  • Place filets on a greased baking sheet or in a greased dish and bake 10-15 minutes, until salmon is tender and flakes easily with a fork. (The general rule of thumb is 10 minutes of cook time per inch of thickness).
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1filet, Calories: 298kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 177mg, Potassium: 807mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 140IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main dish