It doesn't get much easier--or more delicious--than this speedy recipe for roast salmon for two 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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011




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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a small baking sheet or baking pan 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.


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; protein 22.6g; carbohydrates 3.5g; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 3g; fat 4.2g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 53mg; vitamin a iu 234.5IU; vitamin c 1.4mg; folate 12.6mcg; calcium 49.5mg; iron 0.6mg; magnesium 33.4mg; potassium 434.1mg; sodium 275.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 4 stars
One of our go-tos I love this recipe to bits. It's about as fast and easy as cooking gets and the maple mustard sauce is delicious. That being said except for the first time I made this I've never cooked the salmon as directed. Instead I put a pan half full of water in the oven with the salmon and bake it for 25-30 minutes at 250 degrees. It makes all the difference to the texture. Pros: Fast easy healthy tasty Cons: Cooking directions for salmon Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So easy! This salmon is so good and so easy! My husband and I are always looking for fast meals. This is perfect! Pros: Easy Fast Great flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
easy delicious healthy This was so easy to make. My hubby who doesn't really love salmon loved this. I will definitely make it again! Pros: Easy delicious healthy Read More