Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon

Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon

14 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain or Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika or ground chipotle pepper (see Notes)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 4-ounce skinless center-cut wild-caught salmon fillets (see Notes)


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  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. 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 information

  • Per serving: 148 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 13 mcg folate; 53 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 234 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 49 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 276 mg sodium; 434 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meat

Reviews 14

August 04, 2019
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By: Julie L
This was just okay, plenty of other great salmon recipes I'll go to on this site.
December 30, 2018
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By: Nanette
How good was this recipe? My husband told me this is how he wants his Salmon going forward. It was delicious.
October 26, 2018
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By: Kristi Wiseman
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.
March 13, 2017
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By: sunset_supr
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
March 10, 2017
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By: Sclark101613
Yum! Super easy. We use fresh, wild caught Alaskan salmon and have varied the size.
November 18, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
April 20, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Could eat this every night! Pros: One of my favorite ways to make salmon. Cons: NULL
April 04, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
yummy! Only tip is that I've made it a few times, and it takes longer than 12 mins to Cook Sometimes even another 10 to 15 I like it pretty pink then let it rest to finish up Delicious recipe
November 09, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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!
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