I don't want to forget how I felt on my beach walk a few days ago. The tide was unusually low, making a good stretch of hard sand for optimum speed walking conditions. Apparently, I missed the memo that there was going to be a gorgeous sunset, because so many people were out. Most of which were just watching; standing alone, saluting the sun and being still. It wasn't necessarily a moment of quiet, but there was no room for wanting, rushing or worrying. It even seemed that the dolphins, which is a site I am jaded to at this point, were just bobbing in the water, watching the sky with everyone else. With this view, there is no way you couldn't believe in something bigger than yourself, than all of us. Pictures of sunsets don't do them justice, you need to be there and live them as they make you feel at rest. I wish you were there, because feeling rest, even if it's for a brief moment, is quite gratifying.

All the holiday weeks have passed, and I am ready to sit down and have a nice healthy dinner. It's time for a complete meal composed of more than one food group and a pretty plate. There were too many moments where I was eating trail mix or baggies of cereal from my glove compartment these past two weeks (yes, I keep emergency snacks in my car and no, I don't have children). This meal is packed with 'superfood' ingredients, lots of protien and is unique enough to feel like a special dinner. At least for me, but maybe I'm the only one who eats from their glove compartment.WALNUTSALMON_02


Atlantic Salmon is far more likely to be farmed than Pacific salmon. You want to choose a wild variety, more often found at a fish market or Whole Foods than your local grocery store. There are a number of varieties, all quite rich, so you only need a small portion. If Salmon isn't your thing, you actually could crust any fish, but vary the cooking time for thinner or less fatty varieties. Also, I suggest reading through the entire recipe before you start. It's pretty easy if you get the jist of the entire process first.

Four 4 oz. Wild Pacific Salmon Filets
1 Cup Walnuts, Very Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (or any gluten free option will work too)
1 Egg White
1 Tbsp. Water
1 Tsp. Dried Basil
1 Tbsp. Oil (anything neutral tasting)

3 1/2 Cups Edamame Beans (organic very important with soy. I used frozen, shelled beans)
2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
3 Tbsp. Fresh Chives, Chopped
3 Tbsp. Fresh Mint, Chopped
Fresh Ginger, optional

Fresh Basil for Garnish
Salt and Pepper to TasteWALNUTSALMON_03WALNUTSALMON_04

Oven to 400'
1. Steam or boil edamame beans for about 8 minutes (longer if you're using fresh). Transfer drained beans to a blender or food processor. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, rice vinegar, lemon juice and sesame oil. Pulse to puree the beans.Pulse until chunky, you want a smooth but slightly chunky consistency, add broth or water if you need to loosen it. Tranfer to a mixing bowl, add the fresh mint and chives and stir. Salt and pepper to taste, add ground ginger or red pepper if you want a kick.
2. Put the egg white and water in a bowl and give it a whisk. Use three seperate shallow plates, put the flour on one, the egg whites mixture in the second, and the crushed walnuts, pinch of salt and herbs in the last bowl.
3. Heat pan over medium heat with 1 Tbsp. of a neutral oil. With one salmon filet at a time and working with ONE side, dip on the flour, then the egg, then the walnuts (which should be pulverized enough to adhere). Add nut side down gently into the pan and sear for about 3 minutes, flip and sear the other side. Tranfer fish onto a baking dish large enough to hold all four filets, walnut side up. Repeat the searing with all four filets, then pop them in the oven to cook through to desired doneness, about 5-8 minutes depending on thickness. I like to keep it just barely rare on the inside.
4. Warm the edamame mash. On each place, put a generous dollop of mash and the warm salmon on top. Garnish with some fresh basil.WALNUTSALMON_05

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Reader Comments (73)

I don't often shell out for wild salmon (which means I don't often shell out for salmon) so when I do, I want it to be worth it, and this recipe looks fantastic. I feel like walnuts get short shrift so often in favor of sexier nuts, but they have such a haunting and unique flavor

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Savour Fare

Salmon is by far my favorite fish, and this just looks divine.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I'm a big fan of salmon, but I always feel like I turn to the same 3 recipes. Nice to see a different take--and I especially like how you incorporate walnuts. Will have to try this!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

This looks delish! I'm trying to get more good Alaskan salmon into my diet. It's so good for you. Thanks for the recipe!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

Sara, you describe sunsets so beautifully. I feel like a lot of things in life are like that - pictures don't do them justice. You just have to live in those moments of rest! Such gifts! I am so grateful for this yummy-looking salmon recipe b/c I have two recently-purchased filets and was wondering how to cook them! Thanks!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

i keep emergency snacks too! i discovered this about myself in the past year, that i'm terrified of being trapped away from home with nothing delicious and nourishing to eat. weird.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah @ syrupandhoney

Amazing timing! I was contemplating a nut-crusted salmon fillet for tonight! Perfect.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

Beautiful post, as always. I wish I could have that for supper tonight so badly, lol. I adore salmon and they way you prepared it looks amazing.

This looks like a wonderful good and healthy recipe! You are so lucky to be living in such a relaxing and beautiful location. I can feel your serenity in this post. :)

Note to self: put snacks in the glove compartment. What a great idea! And my glove compartment has cup holders when you open it. :)

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

This looks excellent! I'll have to work it into my "seafood night" next week. This week passed - salmon & fennel salad which was just so-so. Plus, we love edamame around here so that's a real seller!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather @ chiknpastry

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January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersalmon+edamame poetry «

I like what you write about being ready for a meal that's "composed of more than one food group and a pretty plate." You've summed up the holiday season very nicely there. And I love the way you do edamame.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I can so relate - I keep Nips candies in the car for snacking and I too am ready for healthier food right now. Just found you recently, love your blog and photos, and will be sharing a link to this post with my readers in my monthly Best of the Food Web roundup at the end of January.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCooking with Michele

this looks delicious. i am making a balsamic salmon tonight and was bummed because my whole foods didn't have salmon steaks. they are out of order {i realize they aren't in season, but they normally have them!} so i'm cooking with the skin on tonight. first attempt.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristi

Sara, the colour alone of this one would lift my palate and spirits out of this January hibernation. It looks gorgeous! I love the bright, direct flavours.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertara

I don't even eat fish and yet I am compelled to comment. Aren't we lucky that we can see water within a relatively close distance from our homes?? I can't imagine life without it. And I'll have you know, I keep snacks in my glove compartment - not for my kids - but for my hypoglycemic husband. :)

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

I've slowly come to love salmon, and this looks delicious! I once had a roommate who would cook it in the microwave and it would kind of explode and stink up the house and then you'd go to microwave your coffee in the morning or heat up a scone and ... voila, little salmon bits. So suffice it to say, it took me a few years after that. But now it's one of my favorite foods. I'll try this for sure...another nice, light recipe!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Gordon

An entry in "Slow Like Honey" lead me to your blog - and I love it! I'm not a big fan of salmon, but with this recipe, I could become one. It looks awesome!

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

I love everything about this dish, Sara; I cannot wait to try it. I too have snacks in my car...and in my desk (two drawers worth)...and in my husband's car (just in case he drives and we are stranded)...oh and my goodness you should see my snack cabinet at home! You are not alone my friend! :)

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Yum, the finished product is beautiful! So colorful. And, I love the introduction... it makes me laugh every week! Emergency glove compartment stash with no children... hilarious.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

Oh, this looks beautiful. I love the idea of an edamame mash---love edamame, and I love mushy foods, so this should be amazing. :) Bookmarked!

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercandice

Everything looks beautiful! How in the world do you have so much nice light in your kitchen? I love your shots.


January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Flowers

Yum! I always make the same couple of salmon dishes too. I am definitely going to try this. Might also try a sesame seed crust in place of walnuts.

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoneyBadger

I just wanted to comment and say that I tried this recipe today and it was extremely tasty!

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

this looks delicious and a great, light meal for the new year. Yum... thanks for sharing. I will definitely have to try this!

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterASHLEA

I literally cannot WAIT to try this recipe. It looks amazing. Thanks for continuously providing excellent, healthy, PURE ideas for us all!

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlin

Yum! Love the recipe and the images too.

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVillageCook

O my god. Omygod. (Jumping up and down, hands flapping about spastically.) I want that so bad! So gorgeous and I know it tastes awesome. Okay, I'll calm down. On a quieter note, I used to love how people would stop for the sunset on a beach. I miss the ocean.

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

@Misty - excellent decision, you'll be happy you did. @Megan- ha havent we all had smelly salmon experiences?! It time, I have learned the art of a non smelly kitchen when cooking fish.@ Leah- I knew I liked you. @LauraFlowers- we are lucky to work at my parents kitchen which has a lot of big windows and direct sunlight. Hope to have ideal lighting like that have one day! @Kaitlin- thank you, i appreciate that. @Julia- well let me know what you think when you make it!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I have two huge bags of walnuts in my pantry and have been looking for ways to use them up. This looks wonderful! And your photos are so beautiful. Thank you!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ CozyDelicious

A perfect combo! Thank you for the recipe. Whenever I see salmon, I'm definitely in to try it out!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralexandria

Hi Sara, I am always looking for salmon inspirations, your take here looks delicious! The pictures are gorgeous too. Have to try this!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRadhika

holy cow, that looks delicious. and the salmon! fresh!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdestined to design

This is a wonderful meal. The Edamame Mash is delicious with just the right amount of mint to make it interesting. The salmon is delicious and the nuts give it just the right amount of crunch. What a wonderful meal. Thank you Sara!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I love when something so beautiful comes along that everything just stands still - it's worth remembering. I like the idea of edamame mash, I need to try it out!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I can feel the hard sand under my feet as I take in the sunset. Where did I get such a talented cook and writer for a daughter,and always am thrilled to see my "well lite" kitchen put to good of your best creations yet

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I keep snacks in my glovebox, too. I purposely keep them on the boring side so I'll only eat them when I'm really hungry. These salmon looks so good and New Year-ish. Thanks for another beautiful post!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Leftoverist

I love the pairing of the edamame and salmon. The colors are beautiful. It looks so fresh and delicious - the perfect thing to get me out of a calorie-induced holiday coma. Thanks!

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna

Such a lovely scene you paint of the beach. I wish I were there right now. The recipe looks really good. It will be nice to sit down to something this light and colorful at mealtime!

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl

you inspire me to eat healthier!

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin @ Roost

Oh, gosh -- how wonderful does that look?
That's one gorgeous salmon filet. And I'll bet the walnuts make a simply delicious crust. I'm thinking I need to expand my salmon recipe repertoire.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlo

I love the photos. Beautiful!

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Teacher Cooks

So I made this the other day and it was fantastic! So easy too, I was very impressed with myself. :) I served it with a side of quinoa and we were proud of our healthy eating. Thanks for sharing.

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

The salmon was absolutely delicious! Searing it walnut side down created a wonderful crunch! The edamame mash was a bit too dry for us and so we added a bit of melted butter (I know, sort of takes the healthy out of it) but made it a better texture in our opinions. The color contrast was great and your beautiful photos made it a recipe we absolutely had to try! This was my first time cooking salmon so I thank you for easing me into it! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBerenice

What an incredible dish. I super love edamame and with salmon, they're just fantastic.

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDivina

What a great recipe - I never thought of an edamame mash.
Your photos make me so hungry!

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE

I've never thought to do an edamame mash - great idea!

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzested

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January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHyperactive presentation

Low in fat, high protein. This looks tasty as well as healthy.

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Harlot

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