Recipe | Pecan Encrusted Salmon

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This week I wanted to celebrate National Pecan month with a simple salmon recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights. The buttery pecan flavors, combined with the sharp Dijon and sweet honey, deliver a delicious bite to those eating, even those who aren’t 100% fond of salmon. I chose to serve this with asparagus because it’s one of April’s in-season vegetables. I’ve started to incorporate more lemon zest into my recipes and love the citrus addition to the asparagus.
Insider tip: Every Tuesday, Whole Foods Savannah has a sale of $2.99/lb salmon fillets. I love that they are already portioned so I can just take them home and use them right away!
Pecan Encrusted Salmon

Serving Size: 2-3 people.

Ingredients

  • 3 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch of asparagus

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a shallow dish with aluminum foil. Wash the asparagus and cut the white bottoms off.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the Dijon and honey with a pinch of salt and pepper. Combine the bread crumbs and chopped pecans into a separate bowl.
  3. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Brush the mustard mixture onto the top and sides of each fillet. Follow with the bread crumb pecan crusting.
  4. Bake in the lined dish for 14-16 minutes until the salmon is flaky.
  5. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil seasoned with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the lemon zest on top of the asparagus and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the asparagus can pierced through with a fork.
  6. Using a spatula, get between the salmon skin and the meat. The skin should slide right off when transferring the fillet to the plate.
  7. Serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges.

Notes

*If you would like more of the Dijon-honey mixture, make more maintaining a 3:1 ratio.

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