Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe with Apricot Glaze

This pistachio crusted salmon recipe is sponsored by Sitka Salmon.  All opinions are my own.

If you are looking for salmon recipes that are way easier than they look, this healthy pistachio crusted salmon is it.  Make a simple sweet and spicy glaze with apricot jam, loads of garlic and some sriracha for heat.  Add chopped pistachios for crunch and bake.  Seriously, the whole family will love this salmon recipe!  

Of course, as with all seafood, be mindful of where it comes from and how it was caught.  I am using Sitka salmon, which offers a CSA type program where you can purchase shares of a fisherman’s seasonal catch.  More about that later, after I show you very quickly how to make this oven baked salmon in less than 30 minutes!

collage of sitka salmon and pecan crusted salmon

Start with Sustainable Salmon

Choosing sustainable seafood means you are doing your part to protect our oceans and the wide variety of life it contains.  Which means HOPEFULLY, our children (and their children) will still be eating seafood for decades to come.

Sitka Salmon allows you to purchase a “share” of the harvest  from one of their independent, small-boat family fishermen. Similar to a CSA for produce, you invest in a fisherman and his catch for the entire season.  Sitka fisherman catch more than just salmon!  Tuna, rockfish, halibut, and many other types of seafood are also offered. 

Once you purchase your share, you will receive your seafood delivered right to your door.  How often it arrives and the type of seafood you receive depends on the type of share you buy.  

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Prepare your salmon

Once you have your salmon fillets, rinse under cool water and pat dry with a paper towel.  Place them on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or a Silpat silicone baking sheet.  The apricot glaze is going to make things a bit sticky so you want easy cleaning. 

preparing salmon fillets for baking with a small bowl of olive oil and a brush

To lock in moisture and make sure your salmon is moist after cooking, brush it with a small amount of olive oil.  You will only need a tablespoon or two, depending on how much salmon you are preparing.  

apricot glaze ingredients for salmon

Make your apricot glaze

The simple apricot glaze on this pistachio crusted salmon recipe is a beautiful balance of sweet and savory ingredients.  I went with a store bought apricot jam, however, you can make my homemade apricot jam ahead of time and  use that instead. 

apricot glaze for baked salmon

I used a jumbo garlic head so only used one clove, however, use two or three cloves of garlic if using a regular head.  In a small bowl, place your apricot jam, minced garlic, a teaspoon or two of sriracha, and some salt and pepper.

Mix gently and spoon onto your salmon fillets.  Cover the fish as best you can.  You will need about 1/3 cup of apricot glaze for a pound to pound and a half of salmon.

pistachios in a small food processor for chopping

Get Your Pistachio Crust Ready!

Next you need to chop the pistachios.  You can do this by hand with a large knife or use a small food processor.  Start with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup.

If you don’t have pistachios or are not a fan, use pecans, walnuts, almonds,  etc.  Nut crusted salmon of all sorts are delicious so be creative!


salmon fillet with pistachio

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe with Apricot Glaze

This salmon with pistachio crust is perfect for a busy weeknight meal.  The sweet and spicy apricot glaze keeps the salmon moist and flaky.  Topped with chopped pecans, it is loaded with flavor and texture.   Like this pistachio salmon? Try my  Sweet Chili Alaska Salmon Bowl Recipe with Brown Rice, too.  Or check out my easy salmon au gratin recipe instead!

healthy pistachio salmon on a white plate with broccoli

Yield: 4 servings

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe with Apricot Glaze

healthy pistachio salmon on a white plate with broccoli

This pistachio crusted salmon recipe is topped with a sweet and spicy apricot glaze and chopped pistachios. A delicious balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds fresh salmon fillets
  • 1 to 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/3 cup apricot jam
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 tsp sriracha
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Rinse and pat dry the salmon fillets. Place on cookie sheet covered with foil or silicone baking sheet.
  2. Brush salmon with olive oil
  3. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients and spoon over fish
  4. Gently press chopped pistachios onto the glaze
  5. Bake salmon in a 425 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until fish flakes with fork.
  6. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 543Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 40g

Nutrition information not always accurate



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