Salmon and goat cheese

This Herbed Goat Cheese and Pistachio Crusted Salmon is as easy as it is delicious! Buttery salmon is topped with tangy herbed goat cheese and crunchy roasted pistachios for a simple, healthy dish that’s ready in just 15-minutes. A quick and easy dinner that’s fancy enough for date night, yet easy enough for a hectic weeknight! I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. YOU GUYS.

My fingers are literally dancing off the keyboard right now as I type up this post. (Partly because I had an extra cup of coffee this morning, but mostly because I’m just SO DARN EXCITED about this recipe) I basically took three of my favorite foods (salmon, pistachios, and goat cheese) and combined them into one dish. And let’s just say, the results were even MORE epic than I could have imagined.

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need a lot of time (or ingredients) to make a healthy and delicious meal. That being said, all you need to make this Herbed Goat Cheese and Pistachio Crusted Salmon is just 15 minutes and 3 main ingredients (plus a few pinches of herbs for flavor!) And despite the fact that this dish tastes incredibly indulgent, it’s actually extremely nutritious!

In fact, this recipe is practically the poster child for heart health. Which is quite timely, given the fact that February is American Hearth Month.

The topic of heart health has always held a special place in my heart (no pun intended, but I’ll take it), given that cardiovascular disease runs in my family. So, from the moment I learned that there were nutrients in foods that could help to protect my heart – and potentially even prevent heart disease – I was sold. After all, any excuse to include my salmon and nuts (and not to mention avocado, dark chocolate, and legumes) is fine by me.

Now, I’ve already geeked out over all of the heart health benefits of salmon elsewhere, so today I’m here to gush about one of my favorite nuts.. pistachios!

Let’s kick off this party with a few fun facts about this nutty little guy, shall we?

  1. Pistachios are known as The Fit NutTM because they are one of the highest protein and fiber snack nuts that are part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Scientific evidence suggests (but does not prove) that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  2. In-Shell Pistachios are known as The Mindful NutTM because they may help you “fool yourself full” because the leftover shells may provide a visual cue for portions, potentially helping to curb intake. (Not to mention.. is it just me, or is cracking nuts pretty much the most therapeutic thing ever?) In fact, there have even been studies conducted that support this so-called “Pistachio Principle”. One preliminary behavioral study in particular found that participants who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41% fewer calories compared to those who consumed pistachios without the shell.
  3. Pistachios are known as The Skinny NutTM because they are one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat snack nuts.
  4. Pistachios are known as The Colorful NutTM. The green and red-purple hues of pistachios actually come from antioxidants! #eattherainbow
  5. Pistachios are The Happy NutTM because you don’t snackrifice – snack happy: pistachios offer great taste AND good health (plus, they’re the original snack that smiles back!)

While I love snacking on Wonderful Pistachios for a mid-morning snack, I also love incorporating them into my meals whenever the opportunity presents itself. One of my favorite ways to do so lately has been grinding them up and substituting them in place of breadcrumbs. The chopped nuts create a crunchy, flavorful coating that pairs perfectly with pretty much any meat or seafood (especially salmon!) Oh, and the crunchy texture of the pistachios works perfectly with the creamy texture of the goat cheese (crunchy and creamy is the new sweet and salty.. who’s with me?!)

This Herbed Goat Cheese and Pistachio Crusted Salmon would make the most impressive and romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for you and your significant other (unless, of course, your significant other is crazy and doesn’t like salmon *cough* Kyle *cough*… in which case, treat ‘yoself) But, this recipe is also ridiculously quick and easy (less than 20 minutes from start to finish!), so it’s perfect for your average busy weeknight!

Alright, that’s all for now! I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! If you do, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see your beautiful creations!

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Herbed Goat Cheese and Pistachio Crusted Salmon

This Herbed Goat Cheese and Pistachio Crusted Salmon is as easy as it is delicious! Buttery salmon is topped with tangy herbed goat cheese and crunchy roasted pistachios for a simple, healthy dish that’s ready in just 15-minutes. Course Main Course Cuisine Seafood Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 2 servings


  • 2 salmon filets (4-6oz each)
  • 2 oz goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1 oz Wonderful Pistachios
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chives (or scallions), chopped
  • pinch black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place pistachios in the bowl of a small food processor (or high-speed blender); coarsely chop. Remove and set aside.
  • Add goat cheese to food processor; pulse until creamy. Add herbs and seasoning; continue to blend until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Arrange salmon skin side down on parchment lined baking sheets; spread goat cheese mixture evenly on top. Spoon crushed pistachios on top of each filet; press down gently to adhere to goat cheese.
  • Bake salmon in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness, or until the flesh easily flakes with a fork. Allow salmon to rest for at least 2 minutes before serving.*


* When removing from oven, an internal thermometer inserted at the thickest part should read at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit (the salmon will continue to cook while resting on the baking sheet). ** Feel free to substitute other herbs or spices in place of the ones listed or use dried herbs, rather than fresh (though you may need to adjust the quantities slightly)

This Creamy Baked Salmon seasoned with fresh dill, lemon and a generous serving of goat cheese is packed with heart-healthy omega-3’s. It takes minimal prep before popping it in the oven for a quick weeknight dinner.

Salmon is my usual fish of choice when dining out in a seafood restaurant because it’s flavorful and always served either grilled or pan-seared to give it a nice golden-brown crust. I like to use fresh herbs with very minimal seasoning (usually just salt and pepper!) to highlight the rich flavor of salmon.

Dill with fresh lemon juice is a classic pairing for salmon and I wanted to jazz it up a bit with some creaminess by topping it with goat cheese. Serve this salmon over baby arugula and a side of roasted potatoes or rice pilaf for a simple and healthy meal. The halved cherry tomatoes that cook in the same pan as the salmon adds another pop of freshness to each bite.

Living in Southern California, I’m lucky to have access to a lot of good quality fish and seafood. My neighborhood Ralphs Grocery store is one of my go-to’s for fresh, locally sourced seafood and they have a wide variety to choose from. Lot’s of wild-caught fish such as halibut, red sole and ahi tuna just to name a few! They also now have an “easy for you” option which I was intrigued with when I was grocery shopping last week. Pick your seafood, seasonings and garnish, take it home, pop it in the oven and voila! It’s ready to eat. After I finish eating this Creamy Baked Salmon, I’ll try the “easy for you” option and grab some jumbo shrimp to pair with the cajun seasoning and fresh cilantro.

If you love salmon, you’re going to love this super easy recipe. Pack the leftovers (if you have any!) and enjoy it for another meal the next day.

Creamy Baked Salmon

Course Main Course Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 22 minutes Total Time 27 minutes Servings 4 Author Jenny Castaneda

  • 1 lb wild salmon fillet
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice about 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 oz goat cheese
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • Sliced lemons
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the salmon fillet skin side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. In a small bowl, add lemon juice, olive oil and goat cheese. Mix to combine.
  5. Spread the goat cheese mixture evenly on top of the salmon.
  6. Top with fresh dill.
  7. Arrange the halved cherry tomatoes next to the salmon.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  9. Turn the broiler on high for 2 minutes to brown the top a little.
  10. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with sliced lemons on the side.

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Honey Walnut Baked Salmon with Goat Cheese | Sheet Pan Dinner

Salmon Sheet Pan Dinners, 5 Easy Healthy Recipes!

Honey Walnut Baked Salmon with Goat Cheese, Beets & Green Beans – Easy Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner!

This honey walnut baked salmon is just oozing with yumminess, fun texture, and wholesome nutrients. When rich, flaky salmon meets savory goat cheese, you’ve got a match made in heaven. Add sweet honey and walnuts on top, and you’ve got a crave-able flavor EXPLOSION!

After roasting, the goat cheese blisters beautifully, the toasted walnuts are even crunchier, and the salmon filet is perfectly moist and tender inside. Every bite leaves me coming back for more—which my taste buds AND my body appreciate!

And, I definitely love that sheet pan dinners make meal prep easy and leave me with just ONE dish to wash.

Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner Cooking TIP:

Now, because this is a salmon SHEET PAN dinner, you can toss your honey walnut baked salmon and veggies all onto the same pan to cook! But, I do recommend covering your salmon with a foil tent to keep the filet moist during the longer cooking time.

Get Creative & Make this Meal Your Own!

For my veggies, I like to roast some beets and green beans alongside my honey walnut baked salmon. Personally, I use pre-cooked beets (either canned or refrigerated) because they’re less messy, but still delicious and just as nutritious! But, you can also prep raw beets if you prefer.

Between the sweet-and-earthy beets, indulgent goat cheese, and crisp walnuts, this salmon sheet pan dinner is full of rich, fall-time flavors! But, this is just ONE possible combination, and you can make this meal with any veggies that you like.

And, by pairing this honey walnut baked salmon with different veggies from week to week, you can have endless easy weeknight meals!

Choosing between Wild Caught vs Farm Raised Salmon

Wild caught salmon and farm raised are relatively similar, and you can use either to make this honey walnut baked salmon. But, there are some differences between the two—in terms of taste, cost, nutrients, and sustainability.

If you’re curious to learn more, you might find my Wild Caught Salmon vs Farm Raised blog helpful!

Honey Walnut Baked Salmon with Goat Cheese

  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving

Honey Walnut Baked Salmon:
1 salmon filet (4 oz)
3-4 Tbsp crumbled goat cheese
1 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
drizzle of honey

Roasted Veggies:
1 cup beets, cubed (I use pre-cooked because they’re less messy and still delicious, but you can also use raw!)
1 cup green beans, ends trimmed
1 shallot, sliced
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
2 tsp avocado oil
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

  • Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Add salmon filet to a tray lined with parchment or foil, along with beets, green beans, sliced shallot, and 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts.
  • Spread goat cheese crumbles on top of salmon filet. Top with 1 Tbsp walnuts, fresh thyme, and a drizzle of honey.
  • Drizzle veggies and chopped walnuts with oil, season to taste, and toss to coat.
  • Cover salmon with a foil tent to prevent filet from drying out in the oven. (If you prefer your salmon cooked more medium-rare than well-done, cook salmon for just 8-10 minutes on a separate pan from your vegetables.)
  • Roast for 25 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Yields 1 sheet pan dinner.

*Nutrition provided for honey walnut baked salmon made with wild sockeye salmon.


  • Serving Size: 1 meal
  • Calories: 586
  • Sugar: 23
  • Fat: 34
  • Carbohydrates: 35
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 32

Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta is our favorite easy salmon recipe! This crusted salmon has so much flavor, and when mixed with roasted tomatoes and cheesy polenta, it makes the perfect healthy salmon and polenta meal.

Herb Crusted Salmon

This herb crusted salmon recipe is perfectly complemented by the amazing goat cheese polenta for an easy and healthy meal!

When I lived in Florida, I was a waitress for a little while at a martini bar known for it’s awesome chef (hi SWEET PETE!). Every night, we would get to dine on the best the city had to offer, and my favorite was a simple salmon over goat cheese polenta. Something about the flavors of the herb crusted salmon, the creamy cheesy polenta, and the oven burst tomatoes was straight up heaven when eaten all together. My weakness! This isn’t the exact recipe, but I’ve worked pretty hard to get the taste as close as possible.

Salmon is the perfect thing to cook for a healthy dinner. Served with easy-to-make goat cheese polenta, you just can’t go wrong! This baked salmon recipe is definitely a favorite, something I’ll never get tired of eating. Yum!

This Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta is SO FLAVORFUL…it’s always a favorite at our house!

Easy Baked Salmon and Polenta Recipe

There is just so much flavor in this easy baked salmon and polenta recipe. Pat just kept taking more bites and saying “yeah, this is GOOD. Yeah! Really good!”. I’m not married to the most demonstrative fella, so when he gets excited about something I cooked, I know I did something right!

I mean, what’s not to love about flavorful herb crusted salmon baked to perfection in the oven? The herb mix is amazing (parsley, basil, garlic, bread crumbs, olive oil, salt), and combined with the dijon mustard we spread onto the salmon fillets, the flavor is just out of this world! And of course I can’t forget the delicious goat cheese polenta (just stir goat cheese into the polenta when it’s finished cooking) to finish off the dish.

This is a great recipe for special occasions and romantic dinners, but it’s also just as easy to make for an every night meal! Healthy salmon plus cheesy polenta? The best of both worlds!

Find more EASY Salmon recipes right here!

Goat Cheese Polenta

I’m beyond excited to be working with Bob’s Red Mill this year. I have loved their products for so long. They have such variety and such quality, I want to shout it from the rooftops. You might remember me using their oats for Scout’s Apple and Oat Pretzel Dog Treats (only the best for my main girl). Bob’s Red Mill is second to none, and their Organic Corn Grits Polenta are so creamy, flavorful, and also EASY. So much to love.

Polenta is so versatile. You can add a bit of sweetness with fruits and honey to make the perfect breakfast. Or you can add some savory spice or cheese (GOAT CHEESE) to make the perfect complement to a delicious dinner. I’m literally obsessed with this goat cheese polenta recipe and I think you will be too once you try it. It’s the best thing to pair with this herb crusted salmon!

How to Make Herb Crusted Salmon – Step by Step

This entire dinner is SO easy to make, which is of course part of why I love it so much. When something is totally delicious but ALSO healthy and easy? That’s the real weeknight dinner trifecta!

The herb mix and dijon mustard add so much flavor to the baked salmon fillets, and the cheesy polenta and roasted tomatoes add an extra savory touch. That’s an entire meal made in about 30 minutes!

How to make herb crusted salmon:

  1. Combine parsley, basil, garlic, bread crumbs, olive oil, and sea salt in a food processor (or high powered blender) until it becomes a fine, minced mixture.
  2. Place the salmon fillets on a prepared baking sheet, the lay the tomatoes around the salmon.
  3. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of dijon mustard onto each salmon fillet, then top each fillet with a large spoonful of the herb mixture. Press the herbs into the dijon to form the crust.
  4. Bake salmon for 15-20 minutes at 450°.

While the salmon is baking, prepare the polenta.

How to make goat cheese polenta:

  1. Bring a pot of water (with salt & pepper) to a boil.
  2. Stir in the polenta, then reduce heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the polenta becomes thick.
  3. When it’s done cooking, turn off the heat and stir in the goat cheese.

To serve the salmon and polenta meal: fill each bowl with a good helping of goat cheese polenta, place the herb crusted salmon fillet, then top with some of the roasted tomatoes. All done and ready to eat! Check the recipe card for more detailed instructions.

We have found a new favorite in this Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta. I hope you love it as well! Made start to finish in under 30 minutes…what’s not to love?!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you’ll love these other healthy salmon recipes too:

  • Baked Pesto Salmon Recipe
  • Honey Mustard Salmon and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner
  • Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
  • Hoisin Salmon and Asparagus Salmon Recipe
  • Caprese Stuffed Salmon with Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes
  • Parmesan Crusted White Wine Dijon Salmon
  • Lemon Butter Salmon in Parchment Paper
  • Pecan Crusted Honey Bourbon Salmon

Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta

Course: Main Course Cuisine: American Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Calories: 803kcal Author: Becky Hardin – The Cookie Rookie Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta is our favorite easy salmon recipe! This crusted salmon has so much flavor, and when mixed with roasted tomatoes and cheesy polenta, it makes the perfect healthy salmon and polenta meal.

  • 4 6 ounce salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs or panko
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups corn grits polenta I use Bob’s Red Mill
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Preheat oven to 450F
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  • In a high powered blender or food processor, combine the parsley, basil, garlic, bread crumbs (or panko), olive oil, and salt. Blend until fully combined and minced. Set aside.
  • Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet and lay the tomatoes around the salmon.
  • Spread 1/2 tablespoon of dijon mustard onto each salmon fillet in a thin layer.
  • Top each piece of salmon with a heaping spoonful of the herb mixture. Press down to make sure it attaches and forms a crust on each piece.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked and flaky throughout.
  • While salmon is cooking, prepare the polenta. In a large heavy pan, bring the water (follow package instructions) and salt and pepper to taste to a boil.
  • Stir in the polenta and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until its thickened to your liking. Turn off the heat and stir in the goat cheese.
  • Spoon some polenta into each bowl and top with salmon and tomatoes. Eat it all together, the flavors are incredible! Enjoy!

Calories: 803kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1198mg | Potassium: 1267mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2350IU | Vitamin C: 37.7mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 6.2mg Tried this recipe?Mention @thecookierookie or tag #thecookierookie!