This Honey-Mustard Salmon recipe only takes about 25 minutes to make in the oven or on the grill, and tastes absolutely delicious!!
I don’t know if any of you have ever noticed, but this blog is majorly lacking in recipes featuring the “M” word.
Sorry guys, mustard has just never really been my thing.
But oh my goodness, this fiancé of mine absolutely loves it. When we go to McCoy’s in Kansas City for their famous soft pretzels, he happily slides the bowl of cheese sauce over to me and places the bowl of grainy mustard squarely in front of him like he won the lottery. And we happily devour both without having to share. Which — I think we’d both agree — is a fabulous win-win.
That said, I’m notorious for always being “that friend” at restaurants who kiiiind of wants to try a bite of every single thing that everyone else ordered. (R&D, right?) And over the past two years of eating out with Barclay, I’ve probably sampled more mustard dishes than I have in the past twenty. And I think that my reluctant little tastes buds may finally be coming around, especially when a little honey is also involved in a sauce. I’ve decided it’s my gateway into mustard for now. Oh, and the grainer the better.
So this past weekend, I decided to cook my first dish for the two of us that featured the “M” word as an actual main ingredient. And I’m happy to report that we both loved it! Plus, it literally only took about 7 minutes to prep and 18 to bake (or you can pop it on the grill). Which means — you do the math — this amazing main course was ready to go in less than 30 minutes.
My kind of meal.
(Even with mustard!)
I mean, seriously, so gorgeous! And SO easy to make.
Just fire up your oven or grill. Then while it’s heating, lay out some long sheets of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. (<– You might need to use two if your foil isn’t wide enough to form a “packet” around the salmon later.) Lay the salmon on the foil.
Then whisk together a simple honey mustard sauce using lots of whole-grain mustard, honey, garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika, S&P. Spread it out evenly on top of the salmon. Then close your huge foil “packet” and pop the salmon into the oven (or grill) for about 15-18 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through. (I like to carefully open the packet and turn on the broiler for the final few minutes to get the top nice and toasty.)
Then sprinkle the salmon with some finely-chopped fresh parsley…
We served ours up with some roasted green beans and some leftover arugula pasta salad I had on hand (recipe coming to the blog soon!), and absolutely loved it. But this salmon would be delicious served with any fresh green salads, roasted veggies, pasta, lentils, sauteéd greens…you name it. That sweet and savory honey-mustard sauce (I can’t believe I’m saying this) really is so versatile. And so delicious.
Barclay said that he’d recommend that his fellow super-mustard-lovers should add in a little extra mustard and go a little lighter on the honey. So feel free to modify this recipe to taste however you’d like! But if you happen to be in my camp and like the sweet and savory balance, I think you’ll dig the recipe below.
This Honey Mustard Salmon recipe features a homemade honey mustard sauce that is super delicious (and easy to adapt if you like to go heavier on the honey or mustard side). It can also be cooked quickly and easily in the oven or on the grill — your choice.
If you really love mustard, feel free to increase the mustard amount to 1/2 cup, and/or scale back a bit on the honey.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!