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Grapefruit-Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Grapefruit-pistachio crusted salmon is a healthy and easy salmon recipe, packed with healthy fats and delicious citrus flavor!

Grapefruit-Pistachio Crusted Salmon

I’ve got some more grapefruit love for you today!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Sandy posted this beautiful baked salmon dish on her blog. On the same day, I received a shipment of these gorgeous pink grapefruit from Harry & David. After seeing Sandy’s salmon, and tasting the grapefruit, I decided to play with her recipe and treat the family to a healthy salmon dinner. We love salmon at our house (well 3/4 of us do at this time), so I’m always looking for new ways to serve it. And to be honest, I hadn’t made salmon for dinner in too long. The last time was when I posted about this Salmon Salad a couple of months ago!

Fresh grapefruit from Harry & David

All the ingredients for the pistachio topping came together just perfectly. To be honest, I was enjoying the topping all on it’s own way too much during “taste-testing”. The crust was so good over the wild sockeye salmon I used. I purchase it frozen at Costco, so I always have some in the freezer for convenience. I think it would also be good on any other firm white fish like grouper or red snapper.

Citrus goes so well with all kinds of seafood or fish, so it’s worth a try to experiment! I paired up the salmon with a nice spinach salad, topped with this simple grapefruit vinaigrette, for a great healthy weeknight dinner. For dessert, we had raspberry-rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream. So delicious!

I hope you enjoy this grapefruit-pistachio crusted salmon recipe as much as we did.

Grapefruit-Pistachio Crusted Salmon | Aggie's Kitchen

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Grapefruit and Pistachio Crusted Salmon


  • 4 salmon filets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (1/2 grapefruit)
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place your salmon filets on a lightly greased baking sheet. Season top side with salt and pepper.
  3. In a food processor or blender, add olive oil, honey or agave nectar, grapefruit juice, pistachios, paprika and a light pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse ingredients a few times until combined. Spoon nut mixture over salmon filets and spread evenly. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes until salmon flakes easily. (I baked for 12 minutes, then turned broiler on for last minute or two for a little extra color on top - keep an eye on it though!)

A new family favorite! This simple salmon dish was inspired and adapted from my dear friend Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer

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29 Responses to “Grapefruit-Pistachio Crusted Salmon”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted March 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Simple and delicious – just the way I like it!!

  2. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted March 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

    You know when you read something and your tastebuds start to water?? Well this just occurred while reading this recipe. I can’t wait to try it out.

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day posted March 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I adore this, Aggie! what a great combination. I have been eating so many pistachios lately!

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) posted March 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oh Aggie, this sounds AMAZING! I love salmon, and have just fallen head over heels for pistachios!

  5. Deborah posted March 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    This sounds so good, Aggie! I’m loving the grapefruit – I usually go with lemon but love this change!

  6. Joanne posted March 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I love combining citrus and salmon together – they are truly the perfect pairing! what a stunning dish!

  7. Julia posted March 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    What a wonderful combo! I love grapefruits and we also eat salmon a lot in our house.

  8. Kim posted March 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Great recipe! I’m so bored with the way I’ve been making Salmon. Can’t wait to try this….. Esp since my boys are loving grapefruit so much right now!

  9. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted March 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I love this take on salmon – a fave around my house! Sounds (and looks!) delish!!!

  10. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! posted March 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I am always looking for new ways to serve salmon. This is a creative and delicious-looking idea!

  11. Julie M. posted March 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Simple, delicious and healthy to boot; perfect Aggie! Trader Joes has had some beautiful salmon the past couple weeks so I may give this one a go. 🙂

  12. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) posted March 22, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I am such a big fan of crusted salmon – this looks fantastic!

  13. Angie posted March 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I need to stock up on some more salmon, we just finished off the huge fish we brought back from Seattle last year. This looks amazing!

  14. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts posted March 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    This looks really good–I’ll have to look for that salmon my next trip to Costco, because I’d love to have some ready to play with in the freezer. I get tripped up on the tilapia and hummus in the refrigerated cases and rarely get to the freezer sections.

  15. Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) posted March 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The pistachio crust on the salmon looks absolutely beautiful. It really made my mouth water. I imagine pairing it with the spinach salad as you did would be marvelous. Gotta try this soon!

  16. Nutmeg Nanny posted March 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Oh, this looks absolutely wonderful 🙂 I’m not a big seafood fan, but this is definitely something my husband would LOVE.

  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted March 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    This looks fabulous! I love salmon and will have to make this soon.

  18. claire @ the realistic nutritionist posted March 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    that salmon looks like it would melt in my mouth. WAnt to inhale.

  19. patsy posted March 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I love the flavors and it seems so perfect for spring, too!

  20. Jeanette posted March 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Aggie – I love the sound of your grapefruit nutty crust on top of this heart healthy salmon!

  21. Kerstin posted March 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    What a unique salmon recipe! I’ve been getting into grapefruit lately so I’ll have to try it 🙂

  22. katie posted March 29, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Oh I love the idea of pistachio crusted… anything! This looks great, Aggie.

  23. Jess S. @ Floptimism posted March 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hello! I’ve been a (somewhat quiet) reader for some time now, but I saw this salmon recipe and wanted to invite you to share it – or any healthy meal/snack you’ve enjoyed over the past month – at my link-up ( to celebrate National Nutrition Month. I’m hoping to get people to come together to celebrate all of the different ways to eat healthfully, and I think my readers would love this recipe!

  24. honeywhatscooking posted March 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    i love salmon like there is no tomorrow, never enjoyed a pistachio version of it. yum!

  25. patsy posted March 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    What a gorgeous dish! I’ve been making more of an effort to serve fish at least once a week these days, and this is a great way to make salmon!

  26. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats posted April 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Yummy! I love new ways to prepare salmon.

  27. Lenore posted April 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    We eat a lot of salmon, it seems such good food. Always looking for new recipes & this looks wonderful, thanks!


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