By far, our favorite fish is salmon. There’s so many wonderful ways to prepare it and I’ve been having so much fun trying out new recipes with the fresh salmon I’ve had lately. The newest recipe I tried was for this Baked Dijon Salmon. It had amazing flavor from the buttery Dijon honey sauce that’s spread over the fish to the crispy topping of panko breadcrumbs, chopped pecans and fresh parsley. All the flavors worked so well together and didn’t take away from the salmon, but rather enhanced it just enough for a hint of sweetness.
I’m anxious to prepare this recipe using other fish such as cod or even tilapia. There’s something that works so well with Dijon mustard, honey and pecans that I’m even tempted to try this with chicken! The preparation is simple and you can definitely have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. I really liked how easy it was to put together and when served, it seems so elegant and involved when really that’s hardly the case. I’ll have to report back to see how this recipe works out with other fish and chicken… but regardless, this salmon was outstanding and I’m definitely making it again!
recipe adapted from AllRecipes
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup Japanese panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
salt and pepper to taste
1 lemon, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
In a small bowl, stir together butter, mustard, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, pecans, and parsley.
Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
Bake salmon 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a wedge of lemon.