Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon is tender, delicious oven baked salmon fillets that take only 5 minutes of prep and is on the table in 20 minutes! {GF}

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon is tender, delicious oven baked salmon fillets that take only 5 minutes of prep and is on the table in 20 minutes! {GF}

Spring has arrived, albeit without the spring-y weather.  It’s raining and gloomy and even my dog Kal doesn’t want to go outside.

Kal went to the back door so I went to let him out, and he took one look at the soggy wet ground and turned around and came back in.

My husband dubbed Kal a marshmallow for his aversion to getting wet, but I have to admit that I can’t blame him. 🙂

All that aside, this Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon has brought some brightness to my world today.  The sunny yellow color of the lemon and dijon combined with the accompanying flavor explosion will do that for a person.

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon is tender, delicious oven baked salmon fillets that take only 5 minutes of prep and is on the table in 20 minutes! {GF}

I’ve made this dish countless times because it requires minimal prep, making it great for busy weeknights, and I love it’s versatility.

Whether you decide to serve it with rice, your favorite grain, roasted or mashed potatoes or atop a salad, this Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon will be perfect.

I love serving it as a sheet pan supper as well with roasted fingerlings and vegetables like I did for this chicken dinner.  If you’d like to do that, simply follow the instructions for this recipe and add the fish during the last 15 minutes or so of cooking time.

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This Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon takes only 5 minutes of prep which I love.  Stir your olive oil, dijon, lemon juice, garlic and thyme together and spoon half of the mixture over the salmon along with some lemon slices.

After about 10 minutes, remove the salmon from the oven and spoon the remaining dijon mixture over the fillets and finish cooking for another 3-5 minutes.

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon is tender, delicious oven baked salmon fillets that take only 5 minutes of prep and is on the table in 20 minutes! {GF}

When it comes to cooking there are a few variables to consider.

First, the thickness of the fish will determine how long you need to cook it.  A good rule of thumb is about 10 minutes of cook time per inch, so purchasing salmon fillets that are the same thickness is ideal.

Next, the doneness of your fish will also be a factor.  If you’d like your fish to be cooked to medium or still pink in the center, 10-12 minutes for a fillet that’s 1″ thick should be just right.

If you like your salmon cooked all the way through, 15 minutes or so of cooking time should be adequate.

I prefer my salmon cooked medium in order to get a nice moist fillet.  When you cook it through, the salmon can dry out easily.

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon is tender, delicious oven baked salmon fillets that take only 5 minutes of prep and is on the table in 20 minutes! {GF}

I love prepping the dijon sauce in advance so that all I have to do is slather it over my fillets and bake them when I’m ready.  The sauce is also wonderful as a marinade for chicken!

You can also cook this entire dish in advance and portion it into dishes with your favorite grains, rice, vegetables and salad for lunch or weeknight dinners.

This would also be a great baked salmon in foil recipe.  Just pop it in on the grill in the summer!

There’s no wrong answer when it comes to this Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon.  It’s one of those recipes where the options are limitless, and you always know that it’s going to be a hit. 🙂

More salmon recipes:

Blackened Salmon with Pineapple Salsa and Coconut Rice

Grilled Salmon Nicoise Salad

Maple Orange Salmon Teriyaki Bowls

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon is tender, delicious oven baked salmon fillets that take only 5 minutes of prep and is on the table in 20 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb. wild salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  •  1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon slices for topping
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the salmon fillets on a foil or silpat lined rimmed baking sheet and blot dry with a paper towel.  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Place the olive oil, garlic, dijon, lemon juice and thyme in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Spoon half of the lemon dijon mixture over the salmon fillets and top with the lemon slices and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining sauce and cook for another 3-5 minutes or until the fat has rendered and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • The salmon will take more or less cooking time depending on the thickness.  Normally fillets that are 1″ thick take about 15 minutes to cook to medium.  If you’d rather your salmon be cooked through, cook an additional 3-5 minutes.
  • The sauce may be made in advance or the entire dish may be cooked ahead.  Portion into dishes with your favorite grains, salad or potatoes for a great meal prep option!
  • This meal can easily be made into a sheet pan dinner.  Simply follow the instructions for this Sheet Pan Lemon Thyme Chicken and add the salmon during the last 15 minutes of cook time.

 

 

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Nutrition Information

Yield: (4) 6 ounce servings, Serving Size: 6 ounces

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 123
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 23mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 11g