Honey Mustard Salmon (Easy & Healthy Baked Recipe)
This Healthy Baked Honey Mustard Salmon recipe is quick, tasty, and unbelievably easy to make. It makes an ideal dinner for busy weeknights, because it is ready to eat in just 30 minutes. It is made with side of salmon filet, honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Learn how to make homemade oven-baked salmon with this fast and simple recipe.
Honey Mustard Salmon: The Perfect Healthy Dinner
Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse that is hearty, flavorful, and super satisfying. In this recipe, salmon fillet is marinated in a sweet and savory honey mustard glaze and then baked in the oven to flaky perfection.
What makes this recipe so delicious is the honey mustard glaze on top. The glaze is a combination of honey and mustard, of course, as well as a few other seasonings that make it amazingly tasty. For a balanced and complete meal, serve your salmon with salad, white or brown rice, or some steamed vegetables.
Tips for Buying and Eating Salmon
Salmon is a great source of protein, vitamin A, and omega fatty acids, which are essential to the proper functioning of the heart and brain. There is some concern over the mercury content in seafood, particularly if you’re pregnant. Fortunately, salmon is very low in mercury and is safe to eat, as long as you remember the following:
- Never buy farm-raised salmon: Farm-raised or Atlantic salmon (almost all Atlantic salmon is now farmed rather than wild-caught) generally has higher levels of mercury than wild Pacific salmon. In addition, farm-raised salmon may contain toxic chemicals, like PCBs.
- Purchase sustainably-caught salmon: Over-fishing is a major concern for all seafood, including salmon. For that reason, it’s important to ensure you’re using a sustainable source/brand that will not endanger the population.
- Use frozen salmon: Frozen salmon is flash-frozen at the peak of freshness. Freezing salmon also better controls the spread of bacteria and parasites and results in a less “fishy” taste. In addition, more often than not, the “fresh” salmon you find at the store has been previously frozen.
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Where to Buy Wild Salmon and Organic Meat Online
I highly recommend buying your salmon from ButcherBox – a popular monthly meat delivery service that delivers high quality, organic, and sustainable cuts straight to your front door. ButcherBox recently added wild-caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon to their product selection, which also includes 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, grass-fed and pasture-raised bison, free-range chicken, and heritage breed pork.
The company also offers other wild-caught seafood such as halibut, cod, and lobster. ButcherBox has partnered with fishermen who uphold strict fishing and handling practices to guarantee an unprecedented level of quality and sustainability. All of their meat and seafood products contain absolutely no artificial coloring, additives, hormones, or antibiotics.
If you want to learn more about ButcherBox, I have written a detailed Butcher Box Review here on the blog. But if you are interested in learning about other delivery companies for seafood and meat, check out these articles: The Best Seafood Delivery Services Online and The Best Organic Meat Delivery Services. In those articles, I review and discuss other organic meat and seafood delivery services (in addition to ButcherBox) that might work better for you.
How to Make Baked Honey Mustard Salmon
As always, full instructions are listed in the recipe below. But here are a few notes about each of the main steps required to make this homemade baked salmon recipe:
- Make the glaze: Whisk together the marinade ingredients – honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper – in a bowl.
- Marinate the salmon: Pour the honey mustard sauce all over the salmon until it is completely coated, then set it aside to marinate.
- Bake and serve: Place the marinated salmon in the oven and bake until it is completed cooked through. Then garnish with chopped parsley and serve your fish with any sides that you would like.
Tips for Making Honey Mustard Salmon
Here are some pointers that will ensure this homemade baked salmon recipe comes out perfect every single time:
- Don’t overcook the salmon: When the fish looks opaque and the flesh starts to flake easily with a fork, it is done. Resist the urge to cook it for any longer than that.
- Don’t skip the marinating step: That allows the fish fillets to really absorb the flavors from the glaze.
- Only use wild-caught salmon: As I stated before, it is so much healthier and better-tasting than farmed salmon.
More Easy Seafood Dinner Recipes
Looking for more simple seafood supper recipes? Here are a few of my favorite ones on the blog:
- Cajun Shrimp and Rice
- Baked Honey Sriracha Salmon
- Open-Faced Tuna Melt
- Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles
- Garlic Butter Baked Salmon
If you make this Baked Honey Mustard Salmon recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡
Healthy Baked Honey Mustard Salmon
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- 2 pounds side of wild-caught salmon fillet, boneless and skinless
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley
In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, mustard, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the salmon fillet in the middle of the foil-lined sheet.
Use a basting brush to coat the salmon with the honey mustard mixture. Set aside and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
While the fish is marinating, preheat the oven to 375°F.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
Serve warm, topped with parsley if using.
- Baking times will vary depending on the thickness of your salmon filet, so I recommend checking it a few minutes early if you have a thinner cut of salmon.
- I highly recommend using sustainably-harvested, wild-caught Alaskan salmon from ButcherBox for this recipe.
- This recipe is best enjoyed the day that it is made, as salmon can dry out when reheated. Store leftover salmon in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
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