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 Honey Mustard Salmon 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.
Honey Mustard Sauce for Salmon
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 to Make Honey Mustard Salmon
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
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. Here’s how it adds up nutritionally:
If you are interested in more salmon recipes, check out our salmon burger and salmon teriyaki recipe. They are also delectable and nutritionally balanced.
Honey Mustard Salmon Recipe
With this honey mustard salmon recipe, a nutritious and mouth-watering dinner is only a few minutes away.
- cook TIME 25 mins
- prep TIME 5 mins
- total TIME 30 mins
- COURSE Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
- CUISINE American
- SERVINGS servings
- CALORIES 450 kcal
- 28 oz boneless salmon (4 x 7oz fillets)
- 10 oz broccoli (chopped into 1-inch chunks)
- 7 oz red onion (chopped into 1-inch chunks)
- 4 oz cherry tomatoes
- 7 oz yellow zucchini (chopped into 1-inch chunks)
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
- 2 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp garlic (chopped)
- 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 traditional Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 tbsp parsley
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 the 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 355°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.
Tuyet PhamChef, Culinary Consultant
Luna ReginaWriter, Author
Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN, LDNutrition Reviewer
- Kristen Ggibbs
April 24, 2023 at 9:24 AMThis 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.