Baked Honey Mustard Salmon - Easy Weeknight Salmon Recipe! (2024)

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This 5-ingredient honey mustard salmon is about to become your new favorite weeknight recipe. Fresh salmon fillets baked with sweet homemade honey mustard sauce and a crunchy, buttery topping – so good!

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Get ready for a new favorite with our honey mustard salmon recipe. This dish will make your weeknight din-dins more exciting and flavorful. The honey mustard is sweet, tangy, and creamy. Basically, the best sauce ever. I’m always finding new ways to use it on everything from chicken nuggets to juicy fish. This recipe combines that golden, perfect sauce with fresh salmon and a crunchy Panko crumb topping, and it’s seriously yummy.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Salmon Recipe

  • Quick. This honey mustard salmon is fast becoming a weeknight favorite because it’s ready in 30 minutes!
  • Full of flavor. I love the combination of tangy mustard and sweet honey slathered all over these tender filets. Topped with crunchy and buttery Panko breadcrumbs?! Come on.
  • Only 5 ingredients. Another thing that makes this recipe so easy is that it only needs a few basic ingredients. Even the homemade sauce uses pantry staples you probably have on hand.

What’s In Honey Mustard Sauce?

I give full details in my honey mustard sauce recipe (also linked below in the recipe card), but this tasty condiment comes together in a snap. To make honey mustard, simply combine mayo, honey, Dijon and yellow mustard, and white vinegar with paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together, and TaDa! Homemade honey mustard magic. You’ll need about ⅓ cup of sauce for this salmon, plus extra for dipping. However, if you’re in a hurry, use your favorite store-bought honey mustard.

Tips For Success

  • Look for fillets that are the same size so they all bake evenly and at the same time.
  • Leave the skin on for easy cooking. Once cooked, it’s easy to separate the skin from the meat or pick around it using a knife and fork.
  • To use frozen fillets, thaw them before using, and be sure to pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness. The FDA recommends that seafood be cooked to a safe 145ºF.
  • While the recipe calls for fresh parsley, don’t hesitate to get creative and customize it with other herbs.
  • Keep your workspace clean when working with raw fish is important. Nobody wants bacteria spreading around the kitchen.

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Honey Mustard Salmon

Katerina | Diethood

Fresh and delicious salmon fillets baked with a honey mustard glaze and a crispy breadcrumb topping! Our honey mustard salmon is just the dish to spice up your weekday dinners.

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Servings : 4

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Resting Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 30 minutes mins


  • 4 salmon fillets, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels
  • cup Honey Mustard Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup plain or seasoned panko crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.

  • Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, or line it with foil, and set aside.

  • Brush each salmon fillet with the prepared honey mustard sauce.

  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter, panko crumbs, and parsley; mix until thoroughly wet and combined.

  • Press the panko crumbs mixture evenly over each fillet.

  • Transfer the salmon fillets to the baking sheet.

  • Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and until the salmon's internal temperature registers at 145˚F. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.

  • Serve.


How To Make The Honey Mustard Sauce:

  • Begin with a ¼ cup each of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and honey. You’ll also need 1 tablespoon each of yellow mustard and white vinegar, along with an ⅛ teaspoon of sweet paprika. Salt and pepper can be added according to your taste preference.
  • Combine all the ingredients, except the salt and pepper, in a small bowl. Whisk everything together until it’s well combined. After mixing, taste it and adjust the seasonings as needed, adding salt and pepper if required.

Helpful Tips

  • Try to get salmon fillets that are about the same size. If they’re different sizes and thicknesses, they might not cook evenly.
  • Keep the skin on when you’re cooking. Most of the time, I leave the skin on the salmon while baking. Once cooked, the skin is easy to remove or eat around using a knife and fork.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Health experts say that seafood should be cooked to at least 145ºF to be safe to eat.
  • This recipe calls for fresh parsley, but you can get creative and customize it to your liking. Use other fresh herbs like chopped dill, basil, tarragon, sage, rosemary, thyme, etc.


Serving: 6 ounces | Calories: 308 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 29 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0.2 g | Cholesterol: 93 mg | Sodium: 239 mg | Potassium: 709 mg | Fiber: 0.2 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 316 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 27 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Keyword: baked salmon, honey mustard salmon, salmon dinner, salmon fillets

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How to Make Honey Mustard Salmon – Step By Step

Before you start, grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (for easier clean-up, line it with foil). Next, have your honey mustard salmon ready in the time it takes to preheat the oven to 400ºF. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for a complete ingredient list and detailed instructions.

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  • Brush the filets with honey mustard. First, use a basting brush to coat the tops of the filets with your prepared honey mustard sauce.
  • Add the crumb topping. Toss Panko crumbs and freshly chopped parsley with melted butter, and then press the mixture in an even layer over each filet.
  • Bake. Transfer the honey mustard salmon to your greased baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 12-16 minutes. When your salmon is done, serve it right away with your favorite sides! See below for easy serving ideas.
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Serving Suggestions

Many things go well with juicy baked salmon, especially these crispy air fryer potatoes and my favorite roasted vegetables. Also, nothing beats crispy baked salmon served over a bed of white rice or my Lemon parmesan risotto. Serve with tender and garlicky sauteed broccolini or quick and easy air fryer broccoli. Also, use those leftovers and make our Salmon Cobb Salad!

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

  • Place leftover salmon filets in airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.
  • To reheat, place the filets on a baking sheet in a 350ºF oven until just heated through. You can also reheat salmon on the stovetop, though the Panko topping won’t crisp up as much.
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What is the secret to best salmon? ›

A dry brine gives you firmer, juicier fish fillets with kettle-chip-crisp skin. Credit... Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times.

Should you sear salmon before baking? ›

Roasting salmon fillets in the oven gives you beautiful, succulent fish that doesn't require constant attention. This method, which we recommend if you're cooking four or fewer fillets, has you sear the fish in a pan on the stovetop first, which crisps the skin delectably.

How to make salmon without drying it out? ›

Use a “barrier”: This tip will come in handy when you're baking fillets. Olive oil, butter, or even a sauce can serve as a protective barrier between the salmon and the heat, allowing it to cook without losing too much moisture. Herbs, vegetables, and lemon slices can also be used to to fillets as they cook.

What not to do when cooking salmon? ›

Here are five common mistakes that we all make when cooking salmon at home and how to avoid them.
  1. Not removing pin bones. Fact: Most salmon fillets have pin bones in them. ...
  2. Mistreating the skin. ...
  3. Using the wrong pan. ...
  4. Overcooking your fish. ...
  5. Reheating leftover salmon.
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What can I put on salmon to make it taste better? ›

Here are some spices you may have that could be good as part of a homemade salmon seasoning.
  1. Paprika.
  2. Chile/Chili powder.
  3. Garlic powder/salt.
  4. Ground cumin.
  5. Onion powder.
  6. Ground ginger.

What happens if you don't rinse salmon before cooking? ›

No, it is generally not necessary to wash salmon fillets before cooking them. In fact, it is often recommended to avoid washing raw poultry, meat, or fish, including salmon, as it can increase the risk of spreading bacteria to other surfaces in your kitchen.

What is the best pan to bake salmon in the oven? ›

Culinary experts and chefs recommend using large stainless steel or cast iron pan for baking salmon in the oven. Though you can use pans made of other materials as well, these two are just the most recommended ones. If you're wrapping your salmon in foil you can even simply use a baking sheet or cookie pan.

Does salmon taste better in oven or pan? ›

If you enjoy a crispy exterior, then pan seared salmon is the way to go. Baking salmon is a great option for a larger piece of fish (try this Baked Salmon in Foil for an easy technique).

What should I put on top of my salmon? ›

A creamy but slightly tangy sauce works really well with salmon, and it's why sour cream-dill sauce over salmon is such a classic. Try mixing in curry powder, Sriracha, or scallions into yogurt or crème fraîche for an easy, elegant salmon topper.

Should you let salmon sit out before cooking? ›

It is a good idea to let salmon sit out for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking so that it can warm to room temperature. Do not let it sit out for too long. You want it to reach room temperature right before cooking. If it is at room temperature for too long it can be a food safety risk.

What keeps salmon moist? ›

Slow-roasting is the most foolproof method.

Poaching salmon in olive oil also provides moisture-reinforcement.

What is the secret of cooking salmon? ›

So, you want skin that is super crisp and flavorful, just as you would want with chicken. Starting your salmon skin-side down, and cooking it until it is well rendered, lightly browned, and crisp, and then turning the salmon to finish the cooking, will make for a terrific dining experience.

What do you soak salmon in before cooking? ›

Brown explains that wet-brining salmon—soaking it in water seasoned with salt—helps solidify the fat within the protein, so it doesn't leach out as quickly once the fish hits the heat, “keeping it nice and succulent.” In other words: less chance of drying out. The other option is dry-brining, or curing.

Why do you soak salmon in milk? ›

Apparently, the proteins present in milk can bind to the fatty acids that have been exposed to air and give salmon its fishy odor or taste and mitigate them to be more neutral. (Fishiness is caused by the oxidation of fatty acids.)

What is the highest quality salmon? ›

King (Chinook)

There's a reason this species is at the top of the list and earned itself the royal moniker: King salmon is considered by many to be the best salmon money can buy. It's rich, high in fat, and big.

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