Today’s honey mustard salmon recipe will help you make a tender and juicy salmon fillet flavored with a wonderful caramelized sauce. Bake your choice of vegetables on the side and the result is an impressive dinner packed with flavor and nutrition.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
Salmon is the star of the show and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which most people lack in their diets. You can enjoy the health benefits of salmon by including it in your dinner rotation once or twice a week.
As a dish, our honey mustard salmon recipe is carefully formulated to provide you with a good amount of calories (450 calories) and protein (48 grams). It provides a good amount of energy and helps you feel full for longer.
Each serving of our honey mustard salmon is only about 7 grams of saturated fat, which is relatively low compared to other baked recipes. We also incorporate veggies into the dish to improve the nutrient content for this all-in-one recipe.
Unlike the bold pesto salmon or tangy lemon butter salmon, today’s delicate fish is taken to another level with sweetness and richness. Coating the fish is a delectably flavorful sauce of honey, mustard, and butter, that frankly pairs beautifully with both the fish plus some vegetables that get roasted alongside it.
The simple blend of honey and mustard is gorgeous. But we decided to jazz things up a bit by adding a smoky note from paprika and adding a little spicy kick from chili powder.Feel free to modify the sauce recipe to suit your taste-add extra mustard for a stronger taste or go a little lighter on the honey.
Now you know what’s in that delicious sauce, let’s get on with the how-to.
How Long Do You Bake Salmon?
The baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your salmon steak. If your steak is about 2 inches thick, it requires at least 18-20 minutes in the oven at 355°F. If it’s closer to 1 inch thick, 15-17 minutes should be sufficient.
Protip: always check your steak at the minimum baking time so that your salmon won’t end up overcooked and dried out.
How to Test Salmon for Doneness
To do it, use a fork to gently twist the thickest part of your baked salmon piece. If the salmon begins to flake but still has a little translucency in the middle, it’s ready to be served.
Cook Frozen Salmon Honey Mustard
Fresh salmon can be difficult to find if you don’t live near the ocean or lake areas. In this situation, buying frozen salmon is the only option.
The good news is that frozen salmon is not only as tasty as fresh but it can be cooked quickly too. Simply thaw it in a refrigerator the night before when you are ready to cook. The sauce should be applied after thawing so that it can stick on the surface.
Otherwise, you can omit the thawing process and season the frozen fish with your favorite kinds of seasonings. In this method, increase the cooking time by 5 minutes to ensure the salmon is cooked evenly.
What to Serve with
Honey mustard salmon is best served with pasta or salad for a wholesome and fulfilling meal. Here are some options:
1. Grilled Vegetables
Baked, grilled, or roasted vegetables can be crunchy, juicy and bright; adding great texture and color to the dish. Sprinkle with fresh herbs like parsley or basil to enhance the flavor without overpowering the elements.
To create a balanced meal, try siding baked salmon with a veggie-loaded grain salad. It makes a fresh and fulfilling combination for those days you crave a quick and hearty meal.
We chose to serve our honey mustard salmon with macaroni salad and cucumber and lemon juice to create a flavorful, filling and refreshing meal.
If you are interested in more salmon recipes, check out our salmon burger and salmon teriyaki recipe. They are also delectable and nutritionally balanced.
Mix 10 oz chopped broccoli, 7 oz red onion, 7 oz zucchini, and 4 oz cherry tomatoes with 1 tsp oregano and 3 tbsp melted butter.
Prepare the honey mustard sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together 2 1/2 tbsp honey, 2 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, 1/2 tsp mustard, and 1 tbsp mustard seeds.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 28 oz salmon fillets in the middle of the paper. Spoon half of the honey mustard sauce on the salmon, and spread it around the fish evenly. Arrange the vegetables around the salmon.
Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Brush the remaining sauce on the salmon. Bake for another 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Sprinkle salmon and vegetables with 1 tbsp parsley. Serve.
Honey Mustard Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 450Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Vitamin A 1319IU
Vitamin C 85mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
This recipe is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy salmon. The honey mustard glaze adds a sweet and savory flavor to the fish, while the lemon juice and herbs add a refreshing taste.