Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple DrizzleBefore moving to the South, we were fortunate enough to live a just few miles from the coast in Connecticut and had access to some of the freshest seafood you can find. This is were I developed my love of seafood.

There are so many health benefits to eating seafood I like to prepare it at least a couple of times a month. I would be nice to have fish more often but it is hard to get my kids to eat it. Only two of the five will eat seafood, except for stuffed clams which is a favorite of all the girls. But let’s be honest, there isn’t much actual seafood in stuffed clams and it’s not exactly a heart-healthy dish.

The American Heart Association recommends buying and preparing more fish. Enjoy at least two servings of baked or grilled fish each week, especially oily fish–fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon. 

The one fish that I never really cared for was salmon. I’ve tried it several ways but found it to have a strong flavor that didn’t appeal to me. That is, until I tried this Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle. It is delicious, and amazingly enough, all of my girls like it.

Each bite of this salmon dish has a perfect, sweet crunch and the Cran-Apple Drizzle gives the filet an added pop of flavor.

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Fish rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids can also lower blood fats called triglycerides (triglycerides are the main constituent of body fat in humans and animals, as well as vegetable fat). Other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil.

The recipe is an example of a quick and delicious, heart-healthy dish. It’s so easy to make, my 12 and 16 yo will make on their own. Serve it with some brown or wild rice, some fresh asparagus and a nice fruit salad for dessert.

While any salmon filet will work, I used Aqua Farms Premium Atlantic Salmon that I found in the frozen foods section of BJ’s Wholesale. I love that it is vacuum-sealed in individually-portioned packets so I can pull out just the amount I need and nothing goes to waste.

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Season the salmon on all sides with salt & pepper. Lightly brush or spoon flesh side with mustard mixture.

Season the salmon on all sides with salt & pepper. Lightly brush or spoon flesh side with mustard mixture.

 

Divide the crumb mixture among the salmon & pat to coat.

Divide the crumb mixture among the salmon & pat to coat.

 

Carefully place the fish in a baking dish or a sheet pan lined with foil prepared with cooking spray. Bake it for about 10-12 minutes until golden-brown & cooked through.

Carefully place the fish in a baking dish or a sheet pan lined with foil prepared with cooking spray. Bake it for about 10-12 minutes until golden-brown & cooked through.

 

Serve on a plate topped with cran-apple drizzle and more parsley (if desired).

Serve on a plate topped with cran-apple drizzle and more parsley (if desired).

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon
with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Preparation 15 min
Cook Time 15 min
Total Time 0:30

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 6 5-6 oz. Salmon Fillets
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup Fresh Cranberry Sauce (I used canned, whole cranberry sauce)
  • 1/2 cup Apple Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

For the Cran-Apple Drizzle

  1. Add (fresh) cranberry sauce, apple juice & vinegar into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan & bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low & simmer for 5 minutes; stir often.
  4. Remove from heat. Set aside.

For the salmon

  1. Mix mustard, butter & honey in a small bowl until well blended. Set aside.
  2. Mix bread crumbs, pecans, dried cranberries & parsley.
  3. Season the salmon on all sides with salt & pepper.
  4. Lightly brush or spoon flesh side with mustard mixture.
  5. Divide the crumb mixture among the salmon fillets & pat to coat.
  6. Carefully place the fish in a baking dish or a sheet pan lined with foil prepared with cooking spray. Bake it for about 10-12 minutes until golden-brown & cooked through.
  7. Serve on a plate topped with cran-apple drizzle & more parsley, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3521kcal Calories from fat 1869
% Daily Value
Total Fat 208g 320%
Saturated Fat 48g 240%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 576mg 192%
Sodium 1035mg 43%
Carbohydrate 217g 72%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 175g
Protein 201g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Do you like seafood? Here is another quick and easy recipe you should try, Shrimp Tacos. Want some more heart-healthy tips? Check out this post!

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Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Pecan & Cranberry-Crusted Salmon with Cran-Apple Drizzle

Comments 20

  1. I’m such a seafood lover and salmon is one of my faves. I buy it fresh and it’s expensive but so worth it. I’m always looking for new salmon recipes and I’m looking forward to trying your recipe. Pecans and cranberries – yum!

  2. Oh I love this recipe! It looks absolutely divine. I wish I could have as much fresh seafood as I can, but living far from the coast does not give that option. I will bookmark this recipe and get some frozen salmon tomorrow. I hope it would turn out to be as good as you made it!

  3. That cranberry apple drizzle looks delicious! I’ve never seen something like that – I’d love to try it out!! I bet it’d be awesome on other foods too! Yum!

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