Looking for pistachio recipes? Want the best pistachio cake, or pistachio ice cream? Check out our sweet and savoury recipes below and then take a look at our easy cake recipes and summer salad ideas.


For more ideas, see our ground almond recipes, pecan recipes and cashew recipes. Learn more about the nutritional benefits of different types of nuts with our health guide.

Sweet pistachio recipes

Street-side kulfi

This Pakistani dessert combines cardamom, sweetened condensed milk, ricotta and saffron – roll in ground pistachios for an extra flourish.

Kulfi pops arranged on a serving platter

Pistachio cake

The earthy flavour and distinctive colour of pistachios are shown off in this easy loaf cake, which also benefits from the vibrancy of fresh lime. It keeps really well, too, if you can resist eating it all in one sitting.

Pistachio and lime loaf cake on a marble serving board with a knife

Fistikli un kurabiyesi (pistachio shortbread cookies)

These crumbly, buttery biscuits are a Turkish national favourite – this version features pistachios in the dough for extra flavour and texture.

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Fıstıklı un kurabiyesi (pistachio shortbread cookies) on a plate next to a coffee

Plum and pistachio frangipane tart

Crunchy pistachios and squidgy plums make a heavenly pairing in this pretty-looking tart. Serve with crème fraîche or ice cream.

a plum tart on a peach plate with an olive green napkin


This refined cousin of rice pudding scented with cardamom and pandan is made for special occasions. Served chilled scattered with rose petals and pistachios.

Ground rice pudding with cardamom (firni) in a bowl with a spoon

Pistachio ice cream

Pistachios are joined by fruity pineapple in this ice cream, which only calls for five ingredients. It's full of sweet and nutty flavours and can be made with or without an ice cream maker.

pistachio and pineapple ice cream


Homemade cannoli are dunked in chopped pistachios and sprinkled with icing sugar to make this classic Italian treat.

A large plate of cannoli on a grey background with a shot of espresso and a small bowl of chopped pistachios

Pistachio and cherry nougat pandoro

Serve this pistachio and cherry nougat pandoro to friends and family over the Christmas period for an impressive festive centrepiece.

A Pistachio and cherry nougat cheesecake-stuffed pandoro on a cake stand with a black background

Rose ripple lemon nougat

Inspired by Italian torrone, this citrussy nougat recipe is dotted with roasted almonds and pistachios, and drizzled with sweet rose syrup.

Squares of rose ripple and lemon nougat on a board with a pink background

Pistachio and apricot sticky buns

Chopped pistachios are rolled up inside these clever swirl buns with homemade apricot purée. They're perfect for a breakfast treat, or with a cup of tea.

Sticky Buns Recipe with Apricot and Pistachio

Pistachio cake with strawberry icing

This is a summery pistachio cake that also makes the most of in-season strawberries. The sweet nuts are blitzed until fine and incorporated into the sponge to infuse it with their flavour.

Traybake sponge topped with strawberries and pistachios

Cranberry and pistachio cookies

It's a decadent homemade pistachio buttercream that's sandwiched between these cranberry-studded cookies. A great way to use dried fruit and nuts.

Festive cranberry cookies sandwiched with pistachio filling

Sherbati (rose, chia and almond milkshake)

This rose-flavoured almond drink is served to mark the first month of the Islamic new year. Drink ice-cold as you would a milkshake, topped with chopped pistachios.

Sherbati (rose, chia and almond milkshake) in two small glasses with a jug in the background

Chocolate bark with dates, pistachios and almonds

Elevate your chocolate experience with this exquisite bark featuring dates, almonds and the star of the show, pistachios.

Chocolate bark broke into shards

Courgette and lime cake

Pistachio nibs add crunch to this otherwise soft and moist seasonal loaf cake.

courgette and lime cake

Griddled nectarines with honeyed pistachios

Toasted pistachios are combined with honey and vanilla before being drizzled over griddled fruit in this easy, summery dessert. Garnish with mint leaves and you’ve just created a colourful medley of luscious flavours.

griddles nectarines with frozen yogurt and pistachio

Pistachio and rosewater meringues

This pistachio meringue recipe comes from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi and tells you, step-by-step how to create their sought-after feathery meringues. Each is dipped in pistachios to add extra crunch and flavour.

Pistachio and Rosewater Meringues Recipe

Cherry and pistachio bakewell galette

This easy twist on the classic British bakewell tart has a vivid green colour and richness, thanks to the pistachios, which stand in for the traditional almond filling.

Bakewell Tart with Cherries and Pistachio galette cut up into triangles and served on round white plates on a rustic white table

Pistachio and chocolate cake

Make sure you use pistachios with a good strong colour for this fun stripe cake, to make sure its visual impact is as impressive as its flavour. Chocolate and pistachio is a classic pairing, making this a real crowd-pleasing cake.

Chocolate Cake Recipe with Pistachio

Milk chocolate and pistachio truffles

These truffles are really simple to make and could be given as an ideal edible gift for friends and family. They're rolled in chopped pistachios to give them a crunchy and colourful coating.

Milk chocolate and pistachio truffles

Pistachio and carrot cake

Get pistachios involved in your carrot cake to really ramp it up. Their nutty flavour and crunchy texture really make this bake stand out – as does the marshmallow topping.

Carrot and Pistachio Cake with Marshmallow Icing

Savoury pistachio recipes

Lime and pistachio salmon with salsa greens

A zingy lime and toasted pistachio salsa really takes this salmon dish to the next level. Don't forget the Greek yogurt on top!

Lime Salmon Recipe With Salsa Greens

Pistachio and kale pesto pasta

Opt for seasonal kale pesto, which is a great match with burrata, rye bread, and lemon. It's also perfect for a winter twist in soups, meatballs, or on pizzas.

Green pasta on a green dish topped with burrata

Jewelled pilaf

Make this colourful jewelled pilaf, filled with pistachios and pomegranates, and fragrant with cinnamon, cardamom and orange zest.

A brown bowl of yellow Jewelled carrot and pistachio pilaf with a large serving spoon

Fig, goat’s cheese and pistachio salad

Here, figs are stuffed with pistachios, cheese and shallots and served with salad and an extra sprinkling of those nuts. A quick but elegant dish that would make a great dinner party starter.

Sea bass ceviche with blood orange, aleppo pepper and pistachio

Pistachios are the ideal finishing touch to this fresh and zingy ceviche, adding texture and also a subtle earthy flavour.

Sea bass ceviche with blood orange, aleppo pepper and pistachio

Salsa di pistacchi (pasta with pistachio sauce)

Enjoy a taste of Sicily with this divine pasta dish. The pistachios are toasted to enhance their flavour then combined with the shallots and parmesan to make the sauce. Ready in 20 minutes, it's an easy meal that still feels like a treat.

Courgetti salad with pistachio pesto

Here, courgette, peas and artichoke are dressed in a homemade pistachio pesto and finished off with more of the chopped nuts to make for a dish with vibrant green colour.

Green barley with pistachios, kale and mint

This hearty salad is vegetarian and easy to make but packed full of different flavours and textures. The chopped pistachios give it great bite, while also lending their sweetness to balance with the subtly bitter kale.

Green Barley With Kale, Pistachios And Mint Recipe

Moroccan meatloaf with pistachios

This Moroccan-inspired meatloaf makes use of lots of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients, such as pistachios, olives and apricots. It's a great recipe to freeze, either whole or in individual portions.

Moroccan meatloaf

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