In honour of the first official snowfall in the GTA, I decided to share with you, my fellow foodies, the easiest and best salmon dish you can make (and eat) that will warm your hearts and keep your bellies full while you internally freak out about how quickly winter has arrived. And with winter and the snow arriving soooo quickly, I think back to the time this past summer (when the days were hot and long) that I made this salmon camping. Yes…camping.
What can I say? You can take the city out of the city girl for a couple nights, but you cannot take the food lover out of the foodie, regardless of where she sleeps (sorry not sorry).
This recipe is savory AND sweet and best served with good company – obviously, so that you can brag about how well you make seafood – and of course, some good white wine. Honestly though, this dish is meant to impress and will have your guests going “ ?! Holy carp, I didn’t realize you were such a chef!” (notice the seafood pun…). It’s also a super quick meal that won’t leave you feeling exhausted… and by exhausted, I mean cleaning up a giant mess in the kitchen afterwards. I typically serve this entrée with quinoa and sautéed asparagus, but it’s also great with a baked potato or any other sides that tickle your fancy. The options are endless! I really hope you enjoy this salmon and all the praise you will get from cooking it as much as I do.
Pistachio Crusted Salmon w/ Maple Butter DressingCourse: Dinner
2x 5oz salmon filets, skin on
1 tbls honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup crushed roasted pistachios
4 tbls unsalted butter
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbls pure maple syrup
Salt and pepper to season
Lemon wedge for serving
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Season salmon filets with salt and pepper.
- In a med-high pan, heat 2 tbls butter and olive oil and sear salmon filets for 3 min on each side, skin side down first.
- Transfer salmon, skin side down, to an oven proof sheet pan.
- Mix the honey and dijon mustard together and spread on top of the salmon.
- Gently press the crushed pistachios onto the salmon.
- Bake the salmon in the oven for 7-10min, depending on preferred doneness (7 min = med, 10 min = well done).
- While salmon is baking, melt remaining 2 tbls butter and mix in the maple syrup.
- Remove salmon from oven and transfer to serving plates. Drizzle with maple butter and serve with wedge of lemon and choice of sides.