Pecan Orange Salmon

Don't knock seafood—this muscle-building salmon recipe is just what your muscles need.

Pecan-Crusted Salmon
Nick Ferrari

Step away from the chicken breast. Salmon, the star of this meal, is packed with protein and muscle-quenching amino acids to fuel your recovery and facilitate muscle growth.

Nutrition (per serving, when divided into five equal portions)

Protein: 19g; fat: 13g; carbs: 13g

Recipe and photo courtesy of Lori Shaw, author of the Renaissance Feast e-cookbook.

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Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

15 min.

  • 16 oz salmon filets or steaks
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ Tbsp all fruit orange marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp, plus 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ cup pecan halves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • 5 cups cooked rice

Preheat oven to 400°.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. Combine extra-virgin olive oil, orange marmalade, and mustard in a small bowl. Combine finely chopped pecans, parsley, and orange zest on a paper plate.

Brush salmon on both sides with mustard mixture, then press in pecan mixture.

Place on prepared pan and bake about 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

Serve with rice, and squeeze the orange over salmon before serving.