This air fryer pistachio-crusted salmon is seriously SO GOOD. With super simple prep and 12 minutes of cook time or less, it's such an easy air fryer dinner that feels just slightly more elevated.
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If you love pistachio-crusted fish, you’ll love this recipe.
It’s so flavorful. I use Dijon Mustard as the "glue" to make sure the pistachios stick to the salmon, and that plus the garlic adds the perfect bit of flavor to complement the salmon and pistachios. For being only 4 ingredients and fool-proof, it packs a lot of flavors.
It’s delicious and super nutritious. Salmon itself is so good for you, then add some pistachios on top? It's such an easy delicious and nutritious dinner recipe.
It’s done in just 20 minutes, including prep time! This meal couldn't be any easier to put together and cook. With a few simple preparation steps and some time to let the salmon cook in the air fryer, you have this delicious pistachio salmon.
This pistachio-crusted salmon is a simple way to elevate your everyday salmon.
This is such a simple way to switch up the way you air fry salmon. I know I will get in the habit of using the same seasonings when making meals on a regular basis, and I absolutely make air fryer salmon regularly. With about 5 minutes of time, you can completely elevate homemade salmon.
What do you need for a pistachio crust with mustard?
What you need for this pistachio crust is super minimal, and you probably already have everything in your kitchen. All you need is Dijon mustard, garlic powder and pistachios.
Ingredients for this air fryer salmon recipe
Once you have everything you need for the crust out and ready, it's time to prep your salmon!
Dijon Mustard. You can use honey mustard or yellow mustard if you don't have Dijon. That's just the mustard I prefer to use because I love the flavor paired with garlic and the pistachios!
Garlic Powder. I add garlic powder to anything I can and it is always a must when I'm making any protein, like this air fryer salmon.
Chopped Pistachios. You'll want to make sure that your pistachios are finely chopped for the crust. It makes it easier to stick and gives it a better crust texture when it is cooked.
Salmon. I like buying the BBQ Filets for myself, it is the perfect serving. If you're making this for a larger crowd, you can totally make this recipe with a larger salmon filet, so long as it fits in your air fryer.
How long do you air fry salmon?
Air fry salmon at 390F for anywhere from 9-12 minutes depending on how you like your salmon done.
Can you air fry salmon with the skin on?
You can! That is the only way I air fry my salmon. Some people like to eat the salmon skin, I am not a fan, I simply peel it off as I eat my salmon filet.
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Other commonly asked questions
What nuts make the best crust for salmon?
Almonds, walnuts, pecans, or pistachios make the best crust for salmon.
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Air Fryer Pistachio Crusted Salmon
- 1 lb salmon filet
- 1-2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ cup pistachios finely chopped
- Take your salmon out of the packaging and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Using a spoon or a brush, rub the dijon mustard across the salmon.
- Sprinkle the garlic powder.
- Finely chop pistachios and spread them evenly across the salmon filet(s)
- Set the prepped salmon aside and preheat your air fryer to 390F. If your air fryer doesn't have a preheat setting, set it to 390F and let it run for 5 minutes.
- Spray your basket with nonstick spray. Set the salmon in, skin side down.
- Air fry for anywhere from 9-12 minutes depending on how you like your salmon cooked.
- Let it cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy!