Honey Mustard Baked Salmon

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Dinner is 6 ingredients and 20 minutes away with this Honey Mustard Salmon. Honey mustard is an easy way to dress up salmon, and baking it in the oven means your hands are free to throw together a salad or other side dish.

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Take one part honey, one part Dijon mustard, mix, and now you have one of the most versatile sauces possible, for chicken, ham, corned beef, and in this case, baked honey mustard salmon. This baked salmon recipe never fails.

It’s one of those couldn’t-be-easier, how-to-impress-without-doing-much baked salmon recipes. Takes 10 minute to prep, and 10 minutes to bake the salmon in the oven.

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Tips for Baked Salmon

  • First, use good quality salmon. That cheapest fillet at the fish counter that looks like it’s seen better days, has seen better days. There is nothing you can do to improve old fish. How do you tell? The best way is to smell it. If it smells strongly of fish (or something worse), don’t buy it. I’ve actually taken fish back to the market that didn’t smell right when I took it out of the package. Trust me, you don’t want to eat it.
  • Second, don’t overcook the salmon! It’s so easy to do. Do not bake the salmon until it is completely flaking apart, that’s overdone. When baked salmon fillets come out of the oven they should still be just a little bit rare in the center. They’ll continue to cook in the residual heat and be perfect when you go to eat them.

Baked Honey Mustard Salmon on a white platter

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What to Serve with Salmon

For a simple weeknight dinner, a fresh green side salad and a scoop of cooked rice makes a nice meal.

If you want to go a little fancier, try this Radicchio Salad with Green Olives, this Cucumber Salad, or some Classic Potato Salad. For a starch, you might like Pilaf with Mushrooms and Pine Nuts, Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto, or this Spinach and Orzo Salad.

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Updated August 24, 2020 : We updated this post with a new video. Enjoy!

Honey Mustard Baked Salmon Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

If you don't have already prepared honey mustard, just combine equal amounts of honey and Dijon mustard.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds (680 to 900g) salmon fillets
  • 3 tablespoons honey mustard (1 1/2 tablespoons honey plus 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided into 2 tablespoons and 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • Pinch of salt

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2 Make the honey-mustard glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the honey mustard, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, lemon juice, dill, and salt.

3 Prep the salmon: Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Brush the salmon fillets on both sides with olive oil. Place fillets skin-side down (if your fillets have skin-on) on the foil-lined pan. Use a basting brush to coat the top side of the fillets with the honey mustard mixture.

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4 Bake the salmon: Place in oven and bake at 400°F for 8 to 10 minutes, until just barely cooked through (please don't overcook salmon!). It's okay if the salmon is still a little rare in the center, when you remove it from the oven, the residual heat will cook it through.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Andrea

    My 6 year old wanted seconds after finishing an entire piece. Great recipe!

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  2. Carole

    Maple syrup and mustard work well also. Yum!

  3. CHANCE

    Awesome! I used Dijon Mustard and Clover Honey (instead of honey mustard) and mixed them together with the fresh dill, garlic & lemon juice. My preference is white pepper with the fish, takes on a whole different dimension than with black pepper. Quick, easy & delicious!

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  4. Mandi

    We love this recipe! I’ve made this 3 times and we love it. It’s become a new weeknight meal in our household! Super simple and veryyyy tasty.

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  5. C Noren

    Easy and delicious

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