Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon

#sponsored Impress your family with this Maple Walnut Salmon dish using fresh sockeye salmon fillets from ALDI.


  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons SimplyNature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, divided
  • 4 Specially Selected Sockeye Salmon Fillets, thawed
  • 1 cup Southern Grove Walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground Stonemill Sea Salt Grinder, plus additional to taste
  • Ground Stonemill Peppercorn Grinder, to taste
  • 5 sprays Carlini Cooking Spray
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup SimplyNature Organic Arugula


    1. In a small bowl, combine the orange zest, 2 tablespoons syrup and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Combine the marinade and salmon in a twin lock bag. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
    2. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine the walnuts, 2 tablespoons syrup and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Spread on a baking pan and bake for 5-10 minutes until the syrup is bubbling. Allow to cool. Crumble and reserve.
    4. Remove the salmon from the marinade and season both sides to taste with salt and pepper.
    5. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray.  Sear the salmon skin side down for 1-2 minutes, until the skin is crispy. Turn and sear for 1-2 minutes. Remove the pan from heat. Turn the fillets, skin side facing down. Top fillets with the candied walnuts. Place in oven and bake for 5 minutes or until cooked through.
    6. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon syrup. Gradually whisk in the oil. Add the arugula, toss and season to taste with salt and pepper.
    7. Transfer the fish to plates and top with arugula and any remaining candied walnuts.    


Recipe courtesy of Chef Michelle, ALDI Test Kitchen. Copied with permission from