Finally… I come across a salmon recipe where I can truly say I absolutely loved every single bite!! Why? This Maple Pecan Salmon is perfectly cooked with not only salt, pepper and butter (the usual fare) but with a little help from sweet maple syrup, a tad bit zingy from mustard and cayenne, and encrusted with those yum pecans… The whole end result… A CONVERT TO SALMON LOVER!!
Coming from me, that’s a BIG THING. Yeah, I wasn’t much into salmon before. You may say “what, such people exists?”… Yeah, ME. When it comes to salmon, I wish things could be easy like most of you. I know you just love the simple delicate salmon flavor with salt, pepper and butter to top it off. Lucky you! I simply don’t get excited over the taste of plain fish or meat in my mouth. Of course I tried it a few times… Oh believe me, I try every single thing when it comes to food, but salt and pepper just ain’t enough for this lady with any kind of fish or meat
The verdict was there for a few years that I may not be a salmon person. Jason loves his salmon and had been scratching his head for a long time thinking of how to convert me so he could eat salmon more often. Yeah, he is a darling, he does stuff like that. He is a great cook and that’s one of the reasons I married him. So basically, this is his recipe and I’m just jotting it down.
He knew that if he just added something to tingle my palate, I just might start eating salmon. So he just enhanced the natural buttery sweet flavor of salmon with sweet maple syrup and a hint of mustard and cayenne to woo my taste buds. Glazing the salmon with that concoction and topping it with crust of pecans before baking does the trick. One bite into it and I said “husband, that’s awesome!!”
Give it a try guys. If I like this, I bet all of you will like it! Rather than your regular buttery one, try this pecan crusted salmon. Add some kind of veggie, we love our roasted asparagus with this one. Maybe some sweet potato mash… we have sweet potato mash now a days quite regularly, thanks to our son Noah. It’s super easy, try it out!
Coming back to the salmon, this is like one of those sheet pan meals you see everywhere lately. It’s quick and easy, perfect for those weeknights… yet so special!
Ready to make some Maple Pecan Salmon?
All you have to do is make a quick glaze with maple syrup, brown mustard, butter, cayenne, salt and pepper. Reduce it a bit on the stove to get that nice glaziness.
Arrange your salmon on a greased baking sheet, along with your veggies. Brush that glaze generously over the salmon. Then, sprinkle those roughly crushed pecans over the salmon… Drizzle some olive oil over your veggies, a dash of salt and pepper… hmm, or if you have a little left, some glaze instead… A few lemon wedges for garnish… That’s it, ready to bake!!
Can you believe how easy that was? Jason’s meals are super duper easy, but the results are super duper delish!!
Bake it at 12-15 minutes at 425F, until the salmon is flaky. In the last few minutes you can broil it to give your salmon get that beautiful color. But keep a close eye on it, a little browning gives the pecans a nice toasty flavor, just don’t let them burn too much.
We like to serve it on a bed of sweet potato mash along with asparagus and nice wedges of lemon. I’m so glad Jason went to the effort to come up with this perfectly enhanced salmon dish for me. I am suddenly looking forward to new ways to try this fish that I never gave much thought to. And my dear friends, you will hear all about them… just stay close by!!
While you’re here, check out my roundup of the 30 BEST Salmon Recipes!
Maple Pecan Salmon, on my Gypsy Plate… Enjoy!!!
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- 1.5 lbs salmon fillet
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp brown mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Combine maple syrup, butter, salt, pepper and cayenne in small pan. Bring to low boil and simmer until thickened.
- Meanwhile, cut salmon into four equal pieces and arrange skin side down on greased or foil lined baking pan.
- Crush pecans, unless already crushed.
- Brush maple syrup mixture onto salmon pieces, then sprinkle on crushed pecans.
- Bake 12-15 minutes, until salmon is flaky.
Feel free to include you favorite fresh veggies on the baking pan. We love asparagus with this dish, but green beans, carrots, broccoli or even squash go great! Just brush veggies with a little olive oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper on top.
Goes great with my Lazy Sweet Potato Mash!
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 519Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 115mgSodium 420mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 39g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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