You will need a pound of salmon filets for this tasty honey mustard salmon recipe and some other flavorful ingredients. The salmon is marinated in a mouthwatering honey, lemon, garlic and mustard mixture and then cooked. Keep the marinade so you can use it partway through the cooking time to baste your fish. This step is optional and if you prefer a dryer result you can discard the marinade once you have finished soaking the fish in it.
The flavors in the marinade are quite strong but salmon is versatile enough to suit gentle, delicate flavors or bold, vibrant ones, so there will not be any flavor clashes here. You can leave out the chili powder if you want to but it does give the fish a spicy kick which most people like. Honey and mustard are often paired in recipes, and they might be recipes for salad dressing, dips or even marinade recipes for fish, like this one. The garlic and lemon are also good here and the lemon juice stops the honey from making the fish too sweet, giving a contrasting flavor and making the dish more well-balanced.
Check for pin-bones before you start making this honey mustard salmon recipe. Filets should not have bones in but sometimes the little ones are missed and that can ruin a meal so it is best to feel up and down the filets before using them, just in case. Pin-bones can be removed with a pair of tweezers or by hand.
- 1 lb boneless salmon filets
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 ½ minced garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Chives, for garnish
- Check there are no pin-bones in the fish and wash it under running water. Use paper towels to dry it.
- Combine the honey, mustard, garlic, chili powder, olive oil, and lemon juice in a shallow dish and add the salmon. Turn it over to coat it.
- Cover the dish and marinade the fish for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. If you are short on time, you can give it half an hour at room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Remove the fish from the marinade and keep both.
- Put the fish in a baking dish and bake it for about 8 minutes.
- Pour the reserved marinade over the fish and cook it for 4 minutes more or until it is cooked through.
- Serve the salmon with the juices spooned over it and garnish with chives.
This richly flavored salmon recipe is wonderful served with mashed potatoes or white rice. The marinade has three functions in this dish. It is used to give flavor to the fish and then it is used to baste it which it cooks. The marinade is also used as the sauce for the fish and cooking it in the oven with the salmon thickens it up nicely, to give it a sauce-like consistency. The sweetness of the honey, piquancy of the mustard and sharp flavor of the lemon juice unite to make a wonderful sauce. This dish is very easy to make and the flavor is amazing.
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