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Easy Dinner Ideas for Two

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Pistachio crusted salmon

20 Easy Dinner Ideas for Two (Baked Salmon & More)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Try this delicious Pistachio Crusted Salmon for Two, or any of the recipes linked above! It’s the perfect easy dinner to impress, topped with a crunchy topping of nuts and Parmesan cheese.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 pound salmon fillet or fillets, skin on (wild caught if possible)
  • 1/4 + ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon Italian panko (or Italian breadcrumbs)*
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Bring the salmon to room temperature and pat it dry. Season the salmon with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix the Dijon mustard and honey, then brush it on to the fish in an even layer. 
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the finely chopped pistachios, Italian panko, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the pistachio mixture on top of the fish.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the salmon flakes with a fork; the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center. Serve immediately. 

Notes

*We recommend Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs because they’re already seasoned. Panko is best since it’s the lightest and crunchiest. If all you can find is regular panko, mix 2 tablespoons panko with 1 pinch kosher salt and ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning (or ¼ teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Easy dinner ideas for two, dinner ideas for two, healthy dinner ideas for two

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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