It doesn't get much easier--or more delicious--than this speedy recipe for roast salmon topped with a smoky maple-mustard sauce. The sweetness of the maple balances the tangy mustard; smoked paprika or ground chipotle adds another layer of flavor. Ask at the fish counter to have the salmon cut into four 4-ounce fillets with the skin removed. Serve with roasted green beans and whole-wheat couscous tossed with pecans and chives.

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

  • Combine mustard, maple syrup, paprika (or chipotle), pepper and salt in a small bowl. Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture evenly on the salmon. Roast until just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.


Notes: Smoked paprika is made from smoke-dried red peppers and adds earthy, smoky flavor. Look for different types of paprika at some large supermarkets or at or

Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Ground chipotle chile pepper can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets or online at

Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (preferably Alaskan) is considered the best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished and has a larger, more stable population. Farmed salmon, including Atlantic, should be avoided, as it endangers the wild salmon population. For more information, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch at

Nutrition Facts

148 calories; 4.2 g total fat; 53 mg cholesterol; 276 mg sodium. 3.5 g carbohydrates; 22.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I did not expect this to be as good as it was. I followed the recipe exactly and liked it a lot. Will definitely make again! Thank you.
Rating: 5 stars
How good was this recipe? My husband told me this is how he wants his Salmon going forward. It was delicious.
Rating: 5 stars
I've also made this several times. yes fresh wild caught salmon is expensive as is heart medication. I had a heart attack 21 years ago and changed my eating habits My wife and I typically eat more salmon in a month than most people eat in a year. This is in one of my 3 ring binders that only has salmon and trout recipes. In asparagus season I'll steam asparagus and make a lemon caper vinaigrette for the asparagus. It's a good companion with the salmon
Rating: 5 stars
Simple Easy and So Delicous This is one of my go to salmon recipes. It is easy to prepare and tastes incredibly good. Pros: Simple Easy Tastes Amazing Cons: None
Rating: 5 stars
Yum! Super easy. We use fresh wild caught Alaskan salmon and have varied the size.
Rating: 5 stars
easy salmon recipe Yeah! Found a fish recipe that my husband likes that is not deep fried!
Rating: 5 stars
Great Taste I used the smoked paprika and really didn't taste it- will try the chipotle next time. Regardless the blend of mustard and maple syrup was perfect Pros: moist
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and delicious! This was a big hit! Took so little time to prepare and cook. I also made a side of sauteed sugar snap peas and the cous cous with spring onion and pecan. All went beautifully together. A great meal for two! Pros: easy fast tasty healthy Cons: none!
Rating: 5 stars
Could eat this every night! Pros: One of my favorite ways to make salmon. Cons: NULL