An easy salmon recipe with so much flavor, this dijon salmon recipe is a family favorite. This baked salmon is juicy, tender and very easy to make.
We make baked salmon every week and love it because it’s simple, easy and super quick. Some of our popular baked salmon recipes are honey lemon baked salmon in foil, oven baked salmon with olives and capers and easy baked salmon fillet with lemon. This baked dijon salmon recipe is another favorite recipe of ours that’s so flavorful thanks to dijon mustard and fresh dill.
Dijon baked salmon recipe
This baked salmon recipe is one of our favorite seafood dishes to serve at gatherings and parties because it’s so easy to make and has the best flavor ever. It also makes a delicious weeknight dinner for busy weeks. The combination of dill and dijon mustard is perfect on salmon and after baking, it forms a nice crust on the salmon which keeps it moist and flavorful. And let’s be honest, nothing beats a flaky and tender baked salmon on a sheet pan for dinner.
Salmon is a nutritious protein that you can cook in many different ways such as baked, fried, smoked or grilled. I love making baked salmon recipes because with just a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes of my time, I can make a delicious meal that’s nutritious, healthy and delightful.
Healthy baked salmon
If you’re looking for a healthy salmon recipe that comes together in just a few minutes, then this dijon mustard salmon is totally up your alley. This moist salmon recipe is a healthy dinner option that even the picky eaters would enjoy.
Would I say this is the best baked salmon recipe in the world? I think so. Because although it’s made with simple and healthy ingredients, it’s so delicious and flavorful. Moreover, it takes literally less than 30 minutes to put this tasty salmon together, which makes it the ultimate salmon dinner recipe.
Ingredients to make dijon salmon recipe
To make the best baked salmon recipe, first and foremost, you need a good quality salmon. As for the dijon marinade, you need dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, fresh dill, garlic and capers. For this dijon sauce you can use regular dijon mustard or honey dijon mustard. This time, I made honey dijon salmon and we loved it because honey dijon gives a bit of sweetness to the salmon which makes this dish even more delicious.
The best salmon to use for baked salmon recipe
It’s best to get wild-caught salmon when you shop for salmon. My favorite types of salmon to bake are Coho salmon, King salmon and Sockeye salmon because of their color and flaky texture. You can ask the person at the seafood counter at your local supermarket to help you with shopping for salmon to make sure the salmon you’re getting is high quality and fresh. Please check out this chart for salmon recommendations from Seafood Watch Program to learn more about each type of salmon.
Side of salmon or salmon fillets?
You can use either a side of salmon for this recipe like I did or a few salmon fillets. The cooking time will be the same since salmon bakes pretty fast in the oven. I usually go with a side of salmon when I cook for a gathering because it looks so pretty on a dinner table.
How to make baked dijon salmon
To make this delicious dijon mustard salmon you need to follow these simple steps:
- Make the dijon salmon marinade: In a small bowl, mix dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, dill, garlic and capers. Add more dijon mustard if needed.
- Slather on the salmon: Place the salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a silicon brush, slather the mustard mixture on the salmon. Top with a few lemon slices if desired. You can bake it directly or let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before baking it.
- Bake: Bake dijon salmon in the oven for a few minutes until it’s opaque and flaky. Serve with your favorite side dish.
You don’t need to worry about the salmon going dry in this recipe because the dijon glaze layer will keep the salmon moist. Therefore, to make this baked salmon recipe, you don’t need to wrap the salmon in parchment paper or foil.
How long should I bake salmon?
This completely depends on the size of the salmon you’re cooking. It usually takes between 18 to 25 minutes to bake a side of salmon. Make sure not to over bake the salmon because it will become dry.
I try to under bake my salmon by a minute or two since it will keep baking on baking sheet when it comes out of the oven since the baking sheet will stay hot for a few minutes. When salmon is baked properly and enough, its color will be opaque and it would flake easily with a fork.
Grilled dijon salmon recipe
Heat the grill to about 450°F and prepare the salmon, it’s best to use skin-on salmon for grilling. Make sure to brush some oil on both sides of the salmon. Place the salmon, skin side down on the grill and grill for about 8 minutes until the fish is light in color. Flip once and grill for another 4 minutes and check for doneness.
You can also use these grill mats to make grilled dijon salmon if you want to make sure it won’t stick to the grill. They’re very handy and easy to use and also easy to clean.
What to serve with dijon crusted salmon
We love having this delicious salmon dinner with a few sides such as potatoes and salads. Here are some of our favorite side dishes to have with Mediterranean dijon baked salmon:
- Mediterranean salad
- Greek Potatoes
- Turkish white bean salad
- Mediterranean potato salad
- Mediterranean oven roasted vegetables
- Persian dill rice
What to do with the leftovers
Salmon is best to be served and eaten right after it’s cooked. However, if you have leftovers, please store them in airtight glass container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. You can add the leftovers to a green salad or turn them into these tasty salmon patties with a Mediterranean twist.
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Mediterranean Baked Dijon Salmon Recipe
- 1 lb salmon
- 1/3 cup dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp capers
- 1 lemon sliced
- Heat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, mix dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, dill, garlic and capers.
- Slather the salmon with the dijon mixture using a silicon brush. Top with a few lemon slices if desired.
- Bake dijon salmon in the oven for 18-23 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. The salmon is ready once it's light in color and flakes easily with a fork.
- I used honey dijon mustard for this recipe but you can also use regular dijon mustard.
- Make sure not to over bake the salmon otherwise it'll become very dry. Salmon is completely cooked when it's opaque and an instant thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers at 145ºF.
- You can serve this dish with salads such as Mediterranean salad or with starchier sides like Mediterranean potato salad or Persian dill rice.
- It's best to consume the salmon the day you cook it. However, you can store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. You can use the leftover salmon in salads.
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