Take your salmon to the next level with this simple recipe! Cooking under the broiler creates a sweet and sticky glaze over the tender, flaky salmon. Even my kids gobble it up! Pair it with a salad and some rice for a quick weeknight meal.
I love salmon! It’s a nutritional powerhouse rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and healthy minerals like selenium, calcium and iron. Unfortunately, salmon is pricey so it ends up on our table only about once a month. I have a few salmon recipes that I love to make and this Honey Mustard Broiled Salmon is definitely at the top of the list! It’s just as good as any salmon from a restaurant, only it’s much more affordable for a family of 4 at home!
When I shop for salmon, I like to pick it up at the Seafood Counter instead of the frozen aisle. I usually request that the salmon be cut into individual portions. Cutting the salmon prior to cooking allows it to cook faster and you don’t have to worry it being raw in the center (like with a large fillet). Although Wild Salmon may be a healthier choice, I actually prefer the taste (and price) of Farm-Raised. When possible, I try to pick up my salmon at Whole Foods. Whole Foods verifies that their salmon is responsibly-farmed.
The rest of the ingredients for this simple recipe are most likely already in your kitchen: brown sugar, butter, olive oil, honey, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), Dijon mustard, and garlic powder. Mix together about a tablespoon of each and you have a perfect topping to take your salmon to the next level!
MARINATE AND BROIL
Marinating the salmon is not absolutely necessary, but if you have at least 15 minutes, this step is worth it! If you don’t have time, it’s okay… your salmon will still come out great. Once you mix up the marinade, pour it over the salmon (in a shallow dish), cover, and refrigerate for 15-60 minutes. This gives the salmon some time to absorb all the flavors in the marinade. Plus, it will help keep the salmon moist while cooking.
Place the salmon on a foil lined pan sprayed with non-stick spray and stick it under the broiler. The salmon will cook up fast… about 8-10 minutes! It’s really important to keep your eye on it to be sure the top doesn’t burn. It can come down to just a few seconds of having either perfectly cooked salmon, or burned salmon. And yes… I have burned my salmon… more than once!
Cook it just the right amount of time (8 minutes for me) and this salmon will end up tender and flaky with a sweet, perfectly browned topping… it’s so yummy! And it is sooo easy!
ON THE SIDE
While the salmon is cooking you have just enough time to put together a quick salad. I found this Honey Ginger packaged salad kit at my local grocery store and thought it would complement the fish nicely… which it did! I only used about a 1/3 of the dressing from the packet because I didn’t want my salad swimming in extra calories! I put the rest away in the fridge for another day.
Instead of serving boring rice, I decided to pick up a pack of Vegetable Brown Rice Sushi! You still get rice, together with avocado, carrots, cucumber and seaweed. It’s a fun side dish that helps round out this healthy, quick and easy meal!
*If you would like to make your own salad then just throw together some greens, sliced carrots, pineapple tidbits (dried or fresh), and a few honey roasted peanuts or cashews. Dress with a spritz of olive oil or your favorite dressing.
After I cleaned my plate, I very easily could have eaten another serving of salmon… it’s that good! Sometimes my husband and I can get a couple more bites from our kids’ plates. But, when I looked over they had already gobbled theirs up!
It often surprises me what my kids will like and not like… go figure… they like salmon. Well… they like this salmon!! I believe the sticky, sweet honey glaze is the key. Another successful, family-pleasing, healthy meal to throw into the dinner rotation!
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HONEY MUSTARD BROILED SALMON
- 1 1b salmon fillet, (cut into individual servings)
- 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp soy sauce, (or Coconut Aminos)
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Mix all ingredients (except salmon) together in a small bowl.
- Place salmon, skin side down, in a shallow dish and pour marinade over salmon. Cover and refrigerate at least 15 minutes, but no longer than 1 hour.
- Heat broiler on High. Remove salmon from dish and place skin side down on non-stick foil lined broiler pan; spoon any extra marinade on top of salmon.
- Broil 8-10 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with fork. Keep an eye on the salmon to be sure the glaze does not burn.