Dijon Salmon

Baked Dijon Salmon.  Pink filets with green parsley on top. Shiny tin foil lined baking sheet

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Dijon Salmon

Salmon is on our dinner table almost weekly. If not every week, then at least every other week this pink fish makes it to our plates. And for the first few years of learning how to cook my salmon it was super dull.

When my family started getting bored with what I was serving I started experimenting. Dijon Salmon made it’s debut in my kitchen sometime in the early 2000s.

This recipe is a simple mix of items you probably already have in your kitchen and fridge smeared on top of your beautiful piece of fish.

Salmon Filets

Raw salmon filets with seasonings shown and sliced lemon and green herbs.

The filets for Dijon Salmon can vary in size, thickness, color and quality. Whether you shop at your local supermarket, Costco or a specialty store like Santa Monica Seafood is up to you.

It’s a real treat for us to go to a fresh fish market (like our local favorite Santa Monica Seafood) to see all the beautiful fish. However, I realize that this option does not always fit your budget or time frame.

I like to get filets that are about 2″ wide and over an inch thick. The meatiness of the center of the fish makes this feel like a heartier meal…even though Dijon Salmon is a lighter dinner for us.

The fancy schmancy schmear

4 raw salmon filets on shiny tin foil. Tops smeared with light yellow dijon mayo mixture.Then sprinkled with dill and orange paprika.

Pulling just a few simple ingredients from your fridge make this Dijon Salmon seem really fancy. The truth is that this recipe is just mayo and dijon mustard mixed.

After you salt and pepper your filets simply divide the mixture onto the top of each filet, (I usually do 4 filets when I’m making Dijon Salmon). The schmear looks straight out of a 5 star restaurant and you look like a fancy pants chef.

A few sprinkles of seasonings

Yes, you do add a few seasonings from your spice rack (dill and paprika), but that’s it for the Dijon Salmon!

4 raw salmon filets on shiny tin foil. Tops smeared with light yellow dijon mayo mixture.Then sprinkled with dill and orange paprika.

Your pantry should always be stocked with core seasonings and spices like…

  • Parsley
  • Garlic Powder
  • Course Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Cayenne
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Coriander
  • Curry
  • Chili Powder
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon

You won’t use all of those seasonings all the time. However, when you have these staples on hand the flavor combinations will take your meals, like Dijon Salmon, to the next level.

Dijon Salmon Bake Time

Baked pink Dijon Salmon filets on a foil lined baking sheet.  Green parsley sprinkled on top.

As I mentioned before, Dijon Salmon filets can vary in thickness and length. When purchasing you should get what fits your taste and budget. I tend to like a thicker filet….close to 2″ thick in the middle.

For me a thicker filet means a flakey center….and that means a fork tender bite with each mouthful.

2 pieces of raw salmon. Coral color fish on a piece of wood.  Garlic and various spices herbs in the background.
Salmon varies in thickness

However, sometimes you do not have a choice when shopping for fish. Costco has a great value on frozen Salmon Filets, but sometimes I get the skinny end piece.

The higher end fish market has all the beautiful pieces on display for you to pick which pieces make the cut for your Dijon Salmon. Just know that you will pay more for the perfectly portioned filets.

The size and thickness of your filets will dictate how long you bake your Dijon Salmon. For the filet size that I usually buy I tend to go for 25 minutes in a 350* oven. A thinner filet or desired doneness will require less time.

Dijon Salmon

Another one of my simple meal prep ideas for a weeknight family dinner. Not a lot of prep time on this Dijon Salmon so it’s an easy one to get on the dinner table quickly. ALso…this is great served chilled over a salad for a lovely luncheon meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: dinner, family dinner, keto dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Keyword: basic keto, easy dessert, easy keto, gluten free, salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 317kcal
Author: The Kellie Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets 1.5”-2” thick
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dill dried
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350* degrees.
  • In a small bowl mix together mayo and dijon mustard. Line a casserole or rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place salmon filets in the rimmed baking dish.
  • Evenly sprinkle salt and pepper on top of each salmon filet. Then smear equal amounts of dijon mayonnaise mixture on top of each salmon filet.
  • Sprinkle each of the filets equally with the paprika and dill.
  • Bake salmon filets for 25 mins or desired doneness. Remove from the oven and serve.

Notes

Note…Salmon filets can differ in thickness. You will need to adjust your oven time based on the thickness and your desired doneness.
 
Also note…Dijon Salmon is delicious served chilled over a salad for a wonderful luncheon meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 833mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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My secret to lasting weight loss

Maintaining my weight loss, and quite frankly staying healthy, has always been the main driver for this website. Making meals like this Dijon Salmon is really my trick.

Sorry, it’s that simple for me…I meal prep and almost always cook at home.

I wrote a few articles about this and will write more. Everyone needs to know that cooking at home is one of my major keys to success.

Every meal does not have to be epic.

When I am prepared I have a much better chance at success and maintaining my best health.

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