This elegant but easy Baked Salmon Dijon recipe is a perfect protein to prepare mid-week.
Since salmon defrosts and cooks quickly, it can be a lifesaver on days when you forgot to take meat out of the freezer before heading to work. The trick to cooking salmon is keeping it moist.
Creamy Dijon mustard seals in moisture and adds a punch of flavor while helping a crunchy layer of breading to stick to the fish. We upped the flavor of the baked-on crust (no frying needed!) by adding crushed pecans and fresh herbs.
If you like your salmon on the rare side, you might want to take it out early — it will continue to cook while it rests.
Leftovers keep well in the fridge and don’t even need to be reheated!
You can add leftovers to salads, use as a filling for sandwiches and wraps, or simply eat it with a side of roasted asparagus.
Baked Salmon Dijon
For an easy weeknight meal that's bursting with flavor try this Baked Salmon Dijon breaded with whole wheat bread crumbs, crushed pecans, and fresh herbs.
- Parchment paper
- 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey
- ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- ¼ cup finely chopped raw pecans
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
- Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
- 4 (4-oz. each) raw salmon fillets skinless
- 1 medium lemon cut into quarters (for garnish; optional)
Preheat oven to 400º F.
Line sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine mustard, oil, and honey in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Combine bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; mix well. Set aside.
Brush both sides of each salmon fillet evenly with mustard mixture. Place on prepared pan. Coat evenly with bread crumb mixture.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Garnish with lemon, if desired.
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