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Maple Mustard Salmon

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Maple Mustard Salmon is the perfect combination of savory and sweet for a healthy, fast dinner that is on the table in under 20 minutes. All you need is some whole grain mustard, good quality maple syrup, and salmon. That's it for a delicious meal that your whole family will love.

Growing up in New England, I actually didn't eat a lot of salmon. Sometimes we would have it when we were out to dinner, but it was never something my Mom cooked at home since there was so much local fish available. Since moving to the West Coast, things have completely changed and I can't get enough salmon. I love the meaty texture and since it is packed with Omegas, it's something I feel good about eating.

While I usually throw my salmon on the grill, lately I have been roasting it in the oven since it is so quick and easy. And this maple mustard glaze is quickly moving up as one of my favorite preparations. The savoriness of the whole grain mustard paired with the sweet, earthiness of the maple syrup really works with salmon. Plus it's hard to beat a three ingredient meal!

When it comes to making this Maple Mustard Salmon at home, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • The exact cooking time will vary according to the thickness of your salmon and if it is a whole piece or filets.  Plus it will depend on how well done you like your salmon. Personally I tend to serve my salmon medium well, which usually takes about 12 minutes in the oven. Adjust the cooking time and keep an eye on the salmon to make sure it isn't overcooked.
  • Worried about the white stuff? Sometimes when you cook salmon, white gunk (for lack of a better term) will appear on the salmon. This is a protein that comes out of the salmon when cooked and it is totally harmless and generally tasteless. It comes out more when the fish is cooked longer, but can appear during any cooking process. To completely eliminate this, try brining the salmon first in some salted water for about 10 minutes. I always take this extra step when serving salmon to guests.
  • For easy clean-up, make sure to cover your baking sheet in foil or parchment paper. The maple syrup in the glaze can sometimes burn off on the sides of the salmon and create a sticky mess on your pan.

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Here are some tips and items I used in preparing this recipe:

  • Whole grain mustard: The mustard you use will also make big difference in the taste of the recipe. I am a sucker for whole grain mustard and my favorite is this one. Trader Joe's also make a great whole grain Dijon mustard that has a hint of white wine. If you don't have or like whole grain mustard, use a Dijon mustard to add more flavor instead of a basic yellow mustard.
  • Maple syrup: It's important to use real deal maple syrup in this recipe, not the artificial maple syrup. I used to recommend Grade B maple syrup but they have changed the names so now I recommend looking for a Grade A Amber Rich maple syrup. You could also use honey instead of the maple syrup but I personally love the hint of maple flavor the syrup brings to the dish.
  • Farmed vs. Wild Salmon: I often get a lot of questions about why I use wild salmon over farm salmon. Let me first say, that both are great options and a healthy protein. However I find that wild salmon not only tastes better but it more nutritious than its farmed counterpart. Plus its lower in fat and calories. Here's some good information about why and the main difference between wild and farmed salmon.
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  • 1.33 lbs. raw wild salmon
  • 3 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (pure)
  • Salt and pepper

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 68mg
Sodium 240mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 6g
Protein 33g


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the maple syrup and mustard. Brush over the salmon. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked to your liking.
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Maple Mustard Salmon is a quick and easy healthy dinner that is made with just three ingredients and is ready in under 20 minutes.
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