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.
Baked 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
Baked Salmon Recipe
For this recipe, we use skin-on filets. You can remove the skin if you want to, but salmon skin is edible and contains the same nutrients found in the flesh. The skin is easy to peel away after the fish is cooked.
Baking salmon is easy to do, but to see the making of this baked salmon recipe from start to finish, watch the video in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
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 glaze for salmon.
Whisk the 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 and season the fish.
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, then season them with salt and pepper.
- Pan fry the fish.
Cook 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.
- Bake in oven.
Transfer the baking pan to a preheated oven, and bake until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 125°F. This should take 7 to 10 minutes. Then, brush the flesh side of each filet with honey mustard glaze, and it’ll be ready to serve!
Serving suggestions for baked salmon
This dish 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:
This post, originally published on Kevin is Cooking Feb 10, 2020, was last updated with new content on Oct. 4, 2021.
20-Minute Baked Salmon Recipe + Video
- 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 sauce (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.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.