I love the versatility of salmon. It can be savory, it can be a little sweet, and you can pair it with so many sides. I love this recipe because it has a hint of sweetness from maple syrup, but dijon mustard gives it a lot of flavor. This is hands down my favorite salmon recipe for a busy night! I usually have all of the ingredients on hand and I actually prefer dried cilantro in this recipe to fresh.
This recipe is adapted from a recipe I found a long time ago from Food Network.
- Salmon fillets (any amount will do-this recipe stretches far for a large amount and is also great for a thick coating on a small amount)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro (fresh is great, but I use dried cilantro all the time to avoid a grocer trip only for cilantro!)
- 1 Tbsp light mayonnaise
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up later.
- Mix the mustard, 1 Tbsp of the cilantro (save the rest for garnish), mayonnaise, and maple syrup in a bowl.
- Place salmon fillets in the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread the mustard mixture evenly over each fillet and bake until cooked through. For larger, thicker fillets, start with 10-15 minutes and bake longer in 5 minute increments until cooked through.
- Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of cilantro and serve.