This baked salmon recipe creates a quick and easy weeknight meal. Flaky oven baked fish with a coating of zippy horseradish and honey mustard glaze.
Is baked salmon healthy?
Glazed salmon dinners like this one aren’t just delicious; they’re also heart-healthy! This is because salmon is packed with Omega-3 fats. These polyunsaturated fats are known to improve cardiovascular health. The thing is, our bodies don’t produce Omega-3 fats. As a result, we need to get them through the foods we eat.
Good sources of Omega-3 fats are found in:
- fatty fish (salmon, anchovies, sardines, etc.)
- hemp, chia, and flaxseed
Do you cook salmon with the skin on?
Yes, for this baked salmon recipe, we use skin-on salmon filets. You can remove the skin if you want to, but keeping it on makes preparing the dish much easier. Also, the skin is edible and contains the same nutrients found in the flesh. The skin easily peels away after it’s cooked for removal.
How to make this baked salmon recipe
Because fish doesn’t need much time to cook, this dinner comes together quickly. You will want to buy salmon filets that are about 1-inch thick at the thickest portion.
You can make honey mustard salmon using either fresh salmon filets, or filets that are thawed from frozen.
Prepare Honey Mustard Glaze
The first step in making this baked salmon recipe is to prepare the honey mustard glaze.
- Whisk the honey mustard glaze ingredients together in a small bowl. I use horseradish to give the glaze a little zip. If you aren’t a fan of horseradish, feel free to omit it.
- Rinse the salmon filets under running water, then use paper toweling to pat them dry. Rub a little olive oil on both sides of each filet and season them with salt and pepper.
- Pan fry the filets for one minute per side in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. This will sear the fish, which helps to keep it moist as it bakes in the oven.
- Transfer pan to preheated oven and bake until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit. This should take about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Brush the flesh side of each filet with honey mustard glaze, and then it’s ready to serve!
Honey mustard salmon is really flavorful, and healthy too. Keep the entire dinner healthy by serving the glazed salmon with a side salad and/or some whole grains. Some of my favorites include:
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Watch how to make this below!
Honey Mustard Salmon Filets
- 1.5 lbs fresh salmon filets skin on 1" thick (See Note 1)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp horseradish cream (See Note 2)
- 1/2 tsp dried mint
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- In a small bowl whisk together the glaze ingredients and set aside.
- Rinse the salmon fillet(s) and pat dry. Brush the olive oil over the salmon on both sides - keeping skin on. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a skillet over medium-high heat place salmon, flesh side down, in and cook until well browned, about 1 minute. Carefully flip the salmon with tongs or spatula and cook on skin side for 1 minute.
- Transfer skillet to oven and cook until center of thickest part of fillets registers 125°F on thermometer, 5 to 7 minutes depending on thickness.
- Remove from oven and baste with glaze. Serve immediately.
- Typically 4 individual filets, depending on size. If using frozen, thaw and allow to come to room temperature before cooking.
- You can substitute 1/4 tsp powdered horseradish.