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Pecan Crusted Cajun Salmon

Pecan Crusted Cajun Salmon

During this month of love, I often remind myself to give love back to my body. My time cooking in the kitchen is a perfect place to start. Swapping out those high-inflammatory fats for nutrient-dense, heart healthy fats is sure to do the body…and the heart…plenty of good. Try this Pecan Crusted Cajun Salmon for a simple and flavorful recipe that is sure to make your heart pitter patter with satisfaction.

Being from New Orleans, seafood was always on the menu. Salmon is perfect, not only because it is delicious, but it is also loaded with essential omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Layering it with cajun seasonings- paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne, salt, and pepper– will upgrade your salmon to a trip right down Bourbon Street!

Nuts are a staple item in my freezer. They are great because they can be the perfect heart healthy snack, but I also love to incorporate them into my meals every now and then, too. For this recipe, you can use whatever nuts you have on hand, but pecans help to add the perfect hint of sweetness to the fish.

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Pecan Crusted Cajun Salmon

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Salmon wild-caught, cut into 4 fillets
  • 1/3 c Pecans raw, unsalted, finely chopped or coarsely ground in food processor

Cajun Seasoning Blend

  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 3/4 tsp Cayenne
  • 3/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt

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  • 3 T Olive Oil
  • 4 T Lemon Juice juice of 1 lemon

Optional garnish

  • 1 Lemon sliced

Instructions

  • On a large plate or shallow bowl, mix together the pecans and cajun seasoning blend.
  • Brush 1/2 T of olive oil on each of the salmon fillets.
  • Press the top and side of each fillet into the pecan and cajun seasoning mixture, creating a crust. Transfer fillets to a plate.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in large skillet on stove top over low-medium heat.
  • Place each salmon fillet into the skillet, crust side down. Cook for ~3-4 minutes, peeking occasionally to make sure the crust does not burn. Flip salmon fillets, and cook for another ~6-7 minutes, or until desired internal temperature is achieved. The cooking time may vary depending upon your preference and the thickness of your fillets.
  • Remove salmon from heat and juice 1/4 lemon on each fillet.
  • Garnish with lemon slices if desirable. Serve with your favorite leafy green.

Notes

Don't have pecans? This recipe will work well with other nuts such as almonds or walnuts.Β 
If you don't have time to measure and mix your own cajun seasoning mixture, you can buy a cajun seasoning blend from the store. Just make sure it is not too high in sodium.Β 
Farrah Oxley
farrah@thrivalnutrition.com

Farrah is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian by the State of Texas. She graduated from University of Texas with her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Group Fitness Instructor at Trufusion in Austin, TX. Schedule a call with her to take your nutrition to the next level - https://thrivalnutrition.com/austinnutritionist-farrahoxley/