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.

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




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.


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: 5 stars
Could eat this every night! Pros: One of my favorite ways to make salmon. Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fool proof I wouldn't change a thing. I've made it twice now and have shared the recipe with everyone that I know that likes salmon. Whenever I made salmon previously it was dry and flavorless. This is full of flavors that compliment each other. I plan to make it many more times so I feel it is well worth the price...... thank you! Pros: so easy! Cons: some of the ingredients can be pricey. Read More
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 Read More
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
This was just okay plenty of other great salmon recipes I'll go to on this site. Read More
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yum! Super easy. We use fresh wild caught Alaskan salmon and have varied the size. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Try with Pork Chops I'm not a huge fan of salmon but love the mustard and maple combo. I make a very similar dish with pork chops Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious way to cook salmon Made this for a potluck and it was a big hit. I love the strong flavor of the maple/mustard with the salmon. This will be a regular in my house. Pros: Easy healthy Cons: None Read More