Baked Salmon with Buttery Honey Mustard Sauce

January 28, 2019

This is the easiest Baked Salmon with a sweet and tangy Buttery Honey Mustard Sauce! This recipe requires minimal effort, ONLY 5 basic ingredients, and the flavor is perfectly delicious. Plus it’s a healthy recipe to stay on track with (or should we say “mostly healthy,” who can resist a dab of butter?).

Four salmon fillets in a baking dish brushed with a sweet and tangy, buttery honey mustard sauce.

Baked Salmon Recipe with a Simple Sauce

In the winter aren’t we all using the oven to cook salmon (grilling just isn’t happening in this 20 degree whether)?

It’s such a simple foolproof method to cook salmon and it always yields deliciously tender, flavorful results (as long as you don’t over-bake it!).

Of course salmon is good on it’s own spritzed with a bit of fresh lemon but of course it’s just that much better with a second layer of flavor, by finishing it with a bright sauce.

This sauce couldn’t be easier to make. No simmering and reducing, no lengthy list of ingredients, and no 30 minute marinating – all you need to do is blend a few simple ingredients and you’ve got a sauce that will take salmon to next level goodness!

Single baked salmon fillet on a serving dish with a side of roasted potatoes and carrots. Salmon is brushed with a honey mustard sauce.

What Ingredients do You Need for Baked Salmon with Sauce?

  • Salmon Fillets – skinless or skin-on will work here since the sauce is only brushed on top.
  • Dijon Mustard – I buy dijon with white wine in the ingredients.
  • Honey – any runny honey will do.
  • Butter – a little will go a long way here.
  • Garlic – use freshly minced for best results.
  • Salt and pepper – use fresh ground pepper for best flavor.
  • Parsley (optional) – this is just to add a nice pop of contrasting color but it’s not a must.

Ingredients for baked salmon shown here. Salmon fillets honey dijon mustard garlic salt pepper parsley.

How do You Make Baked Salmon?

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray 13 by 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, dijon mustard, honey and garlic.

Mixing sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl for baked salmon.

  • Season bottoms of salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
  • Lay fillets in baking dish spacing them evenly apart.

Showing how to make baked salmon. Brushing four fillets in baking dish with honey mustard sauce.

  • Bake in preheated oven to desired doneness, about 10 – 13 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Showing what salmon should look like after baking for doneness.

How do You Cook Salmon in the Oven?

I love oven baked salmon because it’s such a hands off method that doesn’t require much tending too.

  • The temperature range I prefer is generally around 400 – 425 degrees.
  • Cook time will vary depending on temp, salmon size and thickness, and if you are using a whole side of salmon or fillets.
  • Usually bake time is about 10 – 15 minutes for fillets, 15 – 20 minutes for a side of salmon.

How Can You Tell When Salmon is Done?

Check interior of salmon doneness, by taking a sharp knife to check into the center of the thickest part. If the salmon is beginning to flake, but still has a little translucency in the middle, it’s done.

Overhead image of two servings of Baked Salmon with Buttery Honey Mustard Sauce on white serving plates set over a marble surface.

What are Good Sides for Baked Salmon?

Flaked salmon fillet on a serving plate.

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Baked Salmon with Buttery Honey Mustard Sauce

5 from 3 votes
This is the easiest Baked Salmon with a sweet and tangy Buttery Honey Mustard Sauce! This recipe requires minimal effort, ONLY 5 basic ingredients, and the flavor is perfectly delicious.
Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (1 clove)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 13 by 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, dijon mustard, honey and garlic.

  3. Season bottoms of fillets lightly with salt and pepper. Lay salmon fillets (bottom side down) in baking dish spacing them evenly apart. 

  4. Brush butter mixture salmon fillets then season top lightly with salt and pepper.

  5. Bake in preheated oven 10 - 13 minutes*. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Skin-on fillets and salted butter will work fine here too.
  • *Check interior of salmon doneness, by taking a sharp knife to check into the center of the thickest part. If the salmon is beginning to flake, but still has a little translucency in the middle, it's done.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Salmon with Buttery Honey Mustard Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 132mg44%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 1041mg30%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon
Author: Jaclyn