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Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze

An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min – easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze - An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min - easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this pecan-crusted salmon is just the perfect dish to whip up for this special day, or really, any other day of the week.

Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze - An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min - easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

It’s just so stinking easy, yet it looks so fancy.

Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze - An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min - easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

Now the secret is, you don’t tell anyone how effortless it really was. You don’t tell anyone that the epic crunchy, crisp pecan crust took less than 5 minutes to prepare with the help of a food processor.

Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze - An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min - easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

That way, everyone will think you have been slaving away for hours and hours in the kitchen.

Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze - An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min - easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

But what if you don’t have a food processor? Well, you can easily make this with, say, ten minutes. Still easy peasy.

Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze - An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min - easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

When ready to serve, you can serve up that lemon glaze on the side or drizzled on top. Although it may not be a bad idea to have some extra for the table since the glaze is just absolutely heavenly!

Pecan Crusted Salmon with Lemon Glaze

An epic crunchy pecan crust that comes together in just 5 min – easy peasy. And the lemon glaze is to die for!

10 minutes20 minutes


  • 4 salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the pecan crust

  • 1/2 cup Fisher Nuts Pecan Halves
  • 1/2 cup Panko*
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. To make the pecan crust, combine pecans, Panko and parsley in the bowl of a food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Dredge each salmon filet with pecan mixture.
  3. Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add salmon to the skillet and sear both sides until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side.
  4. Place into oven and bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. To make the lemon glaze, combine honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, lemon juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Serve salmon immediately with lemon glaze.


*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 463.9 Calories from Fat 218.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.3g 37%
Saturated Fat 5.9g 30%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 93.8mg 31%
Sodium 342.9mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 32.4g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%
Sugars 22.1g
Protein 30.9g 62%

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

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious and easy.Made a great Christmas dinner.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is an outstanding salmon recipe!!! It definitely lives up to the name, “Damn Delicious”. I have tried numerous salmon recipes over the years, but have never quite been able to find that one ultimate ‘Keeper’. Now I have!

    The first thing my wife said to me when she took the first bite was,
    “This tastes like something you would get at a fine restaurant”.

    Thank you for posting this great recipe, Chungah, and congratulations on your wedding. You both look so happy and in love! Keep the recipes coming and have a Merry Christmas.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    So Yummy! And easy too!  I was getting tired of the same recipe (which I really love) but wanted something new and different. Will definitely be making this again,  

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is so good, especially that wonderful sauce!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


  6. Quick question! Do you have to oil the salmon before you dip it into the dry pecan mixture or will it stick to it without?

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      Delicious!!! Will be placed in my outstanding recipes to be used again and again !! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tried this recipe on my wife and some of our friends last night. It was a huge success. The comments were “This is the best salmon recipe I ever tasted.”. “The quality of this salmon makes me think I am eating at a fancy restaurant downtown.”. “Yum, this is phenomenal.” Besides the outstanding flavor, another highlight for this recipe is the simplicity and ease of which it takes to make it. BTW, I used a 2″ basting brush to brush an even layer of the sauce on each piece of salmon, as opposed to drizzling it on..

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best way to make salmon!  I don’t make the glaze because my husband is watching his cholesterol (all the butter/sugar isn’t good for him) but it doesn’t even need it!  This is delicious all on its own!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious. I used the sauce for veggies also was great.  

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    This was as easy as suggested! And lucky I had the ingredients on hand, because I decided on spur of the moment
    to prepare it this way.  Everything worked out ! Damn delicious!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hey Chungah,
    I saw this recipe and made it for the first time Sunday afternoon. I followed the directions to its entirety. The salmon was superb. The glaze on the other hand even though delicious it was extremely thick. It was thicker than pancake syrup. There was no way I could have drizzled this on the salmon. I had to take a spoon and blob it onto the salmon. What did I do wrong that would have made it so thick? I was thinking I would have been able to pour it onto the salmon. By the way I am not a cook.Lol! This is the second dish I’ve ever cooked in my life. I’m over 55 years old. I decided to cook this for my wife since she cooks dinner just about every day for me. Please give me a suggestion as to where I went wrong with the glaze. I won’t to make it again but with the right glaze consistency.

    • Is it possible you added too much cornstarch? Could you have used tablespoons instead of teaspoons? Also it has to simmer on low heat. If it simmers too hot that could cause it to thicken faster.

  12. This looks awesome! might be my next dinner party main. D o you think it would work with a larger salmon piece but I guess you’d have to skip the browning step?

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was SO good! Even my kids enjoyed it. Will definitely do again!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Damn delicious, INDEED! 
    We live in northern Wisconsin and had fresh salmon from the stream this evening.
    My husband absolutely loved the sauce, it paired so nicely with the pecan crust on  the fresh fish.
    I served it with a salad and squash.
    Thanks so much for this easy and delicious recipe!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super delicious. The sauce set it off. I added extra toasted pecans after the glaze. Thank you for this.

  16. This was the best salmon I have ever made or had. The flavor and texture combinations were perfect. The salmon was creamy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The lemon glaze was perfect. I ate the leftovers for breakfast(cold). I have never done that. This will be my go to salmon recipe and I can’t wait to make it for company! The preparation couldn’t be easier. Thank you for sharing this. 

  17. Yum! I am making this tonight – Chungah, do you leave the skin on the salmon?

  18. Looks like a good recipe , but i dislike  to have to scroll through so many pictures  before I get to the recipe .

  19. I have frozen fillets thawing, never cooked salmon before. Would like to try this recipe. Do I leave the skin on to cook these?

  20. Hi Chungah! Quick question, Can I add coconut to the pecan crust mixture? Would coconut go well with pecan? Planning on catering a party with this recipe except with the addition of coconut.

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  21. Just made this for dinner tonight and the salmon was absolutely delicious! After dredging the salmon I thought the breading wasn’t going to stay on through the searing process, but it held up beautifully. I loved that the salmon cooked right in the pan. It came out perfectly crunchy on the outside and moist inside. As for the glaze, I thought it was good, but I felt the soy sauce overpowered the lemon taste. Next time I make this ( and there will definitely be a next time!) I’m going to add half as much soy sauce. My entire family, which includes a very picky 4 year old, all loved this. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  22. What can I use instead of Panko (I am gluten free). Thanks so much! 

  23. Wonderful, thanks

  24. This recipe was AMAZING!!!! I used a too much parsley so my crust was Green but everything was flavorful. The glaze sealed the deal. I will definitely be making this recipe again.

  25. I use this recipe every 4-6 weeks – LOVE it! Works well with Costco’s sockeye salmon.  Was not always a salmon fan but the hubby is, and this version is my favorite.  Really enjoy your recipes and have turned my daughter onto you. Might also try skipping the sauce and topping with a splash of lemon instead, when under time constraints.

  26. The pictures look so incredible I’m tempted to make this right now (at 12.20 at night!).
    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe – I’ve been browsing for new ways to cook Salmon

  27. Mouth watering pictures. I love salmon!

  28. The texture of this salmon is superb, even in picture it looks so tender. And this is my problem, to achieve its tenderness. haha, wish me luck, Chungah!

  29. I cannot wait to try this! The last salmon recipe of yours that I tried was so good, my husband didn’t have a chance to eat more than one piece because I scarfed down the rest. Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes!

  30. How do you get the pecan crust to stick to the salmon?

  31. You always have such great recipes! I made this last night and we loved it. Quick, easy, healthy, delicious…what’s not to love?! Thank you!

  32. Thank you for the recipe, Chung-ah. I’m afraid I didn’t care for this one – the sauce was way too sweet for me, it tasted like dessert. If you like your food on the sweeter side do give it a try though!

    • Vanessa, thank you for trying my recipe! If you are not a fan of the sweet/savory combo, you can omit the glaze in its entirety and splash on a little lemon juice to compensate.

  33. That crispy pecan crust looks seriously so incredibly delicious. I often cook salmon so I have to make this recipe!

  34. I had not cooked fish at home and was not a big fish eater. This recipe has changed that, this will be a regular choice in our dinner repertoire.
    THANK YOU for all the great recipes.

  35. This salmon looks incredible! That pecan crust is looking all kinds of delicious annnd your lemon glaze!? YES, PLEASE. PS – Happy Doggy Mothers Day 😉

  36. why can we not print this receipt

    • Internet Explorer has recently made some updates that are causing print problems. I recommend using a different browser, such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. But if you can only use Internet Explore, you can highlight the recipe, left-click, and print from there. Easy peasy!

  37. Hi!

    LOVE this recipe and your blog! Thank you for posting! I don’t have a food processor, would a blender yield a similar result for the pecan crust? Thank you!!

    • Yes, a blender should work just fine. Or you can always chop the pecans by hand. Either option should work.

  38. This salmon looks divine! And that glaze? 100% drinkable!

  39. I lurv pecan encrusted anything. But salmon? My favorite fish? Girl, you’ve taken it over the edge and I’m LOVING it.

  40. This salmon looks so fantastic! I love that pecan crust!

  41. Discovered your food blog a while back and omg I LOVE it! Where do you get all these amazing recipes? And I absolutely love your photography skills. Keep the recipes coming!

  42. What size fillets would you recommend? I am guessing 1/4 lb. would be suitable.
    Next question, would frozen fillets work; if yes, cook from frozen, or thaw?

    Love your recipes!! Thank you!

    • I would estimate about 4-6 ounces per filet. As for frozen filets, unfortunately, I do not have much experience cooking from a frozen state. Please use your best judgment.

  43. I love fish when it’s encrusted in nuts. It’s amazing how good that is. Plus I love fish juxtaposition with citrus. This recipe does BOTH. Amazingly wonderful. An elegant
    dinner party main dish for sure. Mmmm—-it will be fun to come up with a wine!

  44. Oh boy, is my mother-in-law going to love you!!! Thanks

  45. Yum. Do you think this would work with chicken also?

  46. Do you think this would work with chicken? If so would you still sear it before baking it? Loving your recipes!

  47. OMG this recipe is just AWESOME! This looks so crispy and full of flavour! Love, love, love!!

  48. Love salmon. Love anteing pecan crusted. Love this!

  49. Yum, this will be on the dinner table this wee!

  50. I don’t know how you keep coming up with these incredible recipes! Once again, this looks amazing! And 5 minutes!!! This pecan crust looks like it adds so much!