Healthy Recipes

Muscle Meal: Pecan-Crusted Salmon Recipe

Quick, easy, and physique-friendly.

Muscle Meal: Pecan Salmon
Calories 867
Protein 85g
Fat 59g
Carbs 4g

Chicken, beef, and eggs are on every lifter’s menu, but fish isn’t as popular. The likely reason is that most people don’t know how to cook it and fear the smell it will emit when they do. Master this recipe and you’ll make fish (well, salmon at least) a staple in your diet forevermore.

Pecan-Crusted Salmon Servings: 1
You'll need
  • 2 6 oz salmon fillets (skinless)
  • ¼ cup Chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil

At first glance, this meal may look like a gut bomb because it’s packed with fat. But consider the type of fat: Salmon is loaded with omega-3s (and complete protein), while pecans offer monounsaturated fats. Coconut oil, while a saturated fat, is metabolized fast. Its medium-chain triglycerides are converted to energy in the liver while providing antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-viral properties. Combined with antioxidant-rich cinnamon, it makes a fragrant dinner with an almost sweet taste. And there’s nothing fishy about that.

1. Rinse the salmon fillets and pat them dry with a clean paper towel.
2. Mix the nuts, cinnamon, salt, and pepper together in a shallow bowl. Dredge the salmon in the mixture and coat all sides evenly.
3. Place a skillet over medium heat and pour the coconut oil in.
4. When the oil is melted and hot, place the salmon in the pan and cook each side for 3–4 minutes.
5. Plate and serve while hot.