I owe this recipe being one of my favorites to my brother-in-law, Dayton. He shared it with me a few years ago and it’s still my favorite way to make salmon. It packs a ton of flavor (if you eat it the way we do) and takes no time at all to bake in the oven, which I know people who don’t BBQ year-round will love!
Here’s the delicious recipe:
- Fresh fillet of salmon
- Mustard (can be yellow mustard, dijon mustard; whatever floats your boat)
- Mayonnaise (optional)
- Panko bread crumbs (this is important because I’m 100% sure it will taste completely different if you use any other kind)
- Salt & pepper
- Fresh lemon slice or lemon juice
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees F
- Brush the salmon with a good amount of mustard (& mayonnaise if you choose )*
- Sprinkle a layer of panko bread crumbs on top (if the fillet is quite thick put a decent layer of bread crumbs)
- Add salt & pepper to taste
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes (without over cooking it!) or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork
*We don’t normally add the mayonnaise because I don’t find that it adds to the flavor at all and I don’t find that it affects the moisture of the salmon when it cooks, either. It’s the mustard that provides flavor. You can also coat both sides with the mustard and bread crumb layer if you so choose. The taste is the same, it’s just a matter of if you prefer the double layer of mustard and bread crumbs or not. I’d try it one way the first time and the other way the next time you make it then decide which you like better!
I love the taste of the salmon and mustard together so I always add more mustard after it’s cooked, plus squeeze a lemon wedge over it (lemon juice will also do the trick). It’s so, so good! It refrigerates well and is great for lunch the next day, too.
Let me know if you try this recipe! We always get rave reviews of the different flavors together and I’d love to hear what you think of it!