Smoky Mustard-Maple Salmon for Two

September/October 2011

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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 two 4-ounce fillets with the skin removed. Serve with roasted green beans and whole-wheat couscous tossed with pecans and chives.

Smoky Mustard-Maple Salmon for Two

Makes: 2 servings

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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole-grain or Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika or ground chipotle pepper (see Notes)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 4-ounce skinless center-cut wild-caught salmon fillets (see Notes)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a small baking sheet or baking pan 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.

Tips & Notes

  • 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


Per serving: 148 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 53 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 23 g protein; 0 g fiber; 276 mg sodium; 434 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Omega-3s

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