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My two favorite things in a recipe. Salmon and pistachios. For Christmas last year, I had one box under the Christmas tree from my parents. It was a gift card and a bag of Costco pistachios. Best.Christmas.Ever. My parents know me a little too well. And it was my dad who got our family addicted to pistachios. And sunflower seeds. But that is a whole different obsession. Hmmm sunflower seed salmon. πŸ™‚
Grilled pistachio salmon on a white plate with a green salad and mashed potatoes.How could you not love pistachios? They are amazing! This salmon combined so many amazing flavors. The dill, lemon, brown sugar, and pistachios combined perfectly to give it an amazing salty sweet taste. I love grilling salmon because it takes less than 10 minutes and peels apart with your fork.

Pistachio Salmon on a white plate with a salad and mashed potatoes.Uh-mazing!

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Grilled Pistachio Salmon

5 from 1 vote
By: Alyssa Rivers
Amazing melt in your mouth salmon grilled to perfection with the perfect pistachio glaze on top!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings



  • Combine the pistachios, sugar, lemon juice, dill and pepper. Spoon evenly over salmon fillets.
  • Grill covered over high heat 5 to 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.


To grill the salmon, I used a grilling basket and lined it with aluminum foil and sprayed it with cooking spray. The salmon was able to grill in the juices and I didn't lose any pistachios. It turned out amazing!


Calories: 429kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 38gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 1080mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 157IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Why the brown sugar in this recipe and the honey in your Pistachio crusted salmon recipe? I really like the other ingredients but it seems like adding the sweetness will ruin it. Is it possible to just leave the sugar or the honey out of those recipes?

  2. 5 stars
    I too am a pistachio nut! And I like cooking outdoors during the summer, so I was really happy to find your Grilled Pistachio Salmon recipe. I just made it, and it was delicious! So simple, too!
    There weren’t any lemons in the fridge so I used lime juice. And I used a cast iron skillet on the grill to make sure I didn’t lose any of the pistachio & brown sugar goodness. The only other change I made was to salt the salmon before topping with the mixture. I will definitely make this again for my wife, now that I know it will be a success! πŸ™‚

    Thank you!

  3. Saw this recipe and am curious – how would you recommend adapting it for an oven vs a grill? Thanks!

  4. I’m interested in making the recipe you posted. However, in the directions to list to “combine everything with the lemon juice” and you list no lemon juice in the ingredients list. How much should be used?