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Dijon Baked Salmon

Baked salmon slathered with herbed Dijon is one of my favorite easy salmon recipes. It’s incredibly flavorful and the Dijon topping keeps the salmon moist, light and flaky. It’s the perfect healthy dinner recipe and can be made in under 30 minutes.

What to serve with this baked salmon recipe? For healthy side dishes, I personally love my Bok Choy, Mashed Cauliflower, Garlic Sauteed Swiss Chard, Steamed Broccoli and Green Beans.

Dijon baked salmon on a baking sheet.

Baked Salmon

You guys know I’m a huge fan of salmon for all of it’s health benefits. Salmon is a brain-boosting, immune-boosting Omega-3 powerhouse. And let’s be honest, it just tastes darn good.

There are many ways you can prepare salmon, from frying, to sautéing, to smoking and broiling. But today I’m sharing with you an incredibly easy baked salmon recipe – and one that you’ll likely have on repeat because the flavor is off-the-charts.

Something I find funny about this recipe is that up until a few years ago, I never liked mustard. In fact, I would steer very clear of mustard. And now, it’s like a lightbulb went off and I’m eager to slather it on everything. Go figure.

So that’s what we’re doing here with this recipe today – we’re slathering mustard on salmon – and trust me, you’re gonna love it.


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Making My Baked Salmon with Dijon

It should go without saying that you should always buy the highest quality of wild-caught salmon that your budget allows. I mention this in the recipe video above and chat about why I love King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon and Coho Salmon. And why I always steer clear of Atlantic Salmon (hint: I’m no fan of pollutants, antibiotics and toxins in my fish). So make sure to watch the video.

But once you’ve got your salmon, the rest of the recipe comes together easy peasy.

Coho salmon being covered in dijon mixture.

Baked salmon with Dijon on a baking sheet.

How to Make Baked Salmon – 3 Easy Steps

  • Stir together the chopped parsley, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, avocado oil, garlic cloves, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
  • Slather that Dijon mixture on top of the salmon.
  • Bake the salmon for 18-20 minutes in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven.

Pro Tips for Baking Salmon:

  • Many people cover their salmon with parchment paper or aluminum foil to keep it moist when baking. But I promise, if you add this layer of Dijon to the top of your baked salmon, not only will it stay incredibly moist, it will be abundantly flavorful. No need to cover.
  • I slightly undercook my salmon just to ensure it stays moist, especially as it will continue to cook for several minutes after you’ve removed it from the oven.

Then, all that’s left to do is divide the salmon into fillets and serve it alongside the side dishes I recommended above, flake it into a salad or add it to a macrobowl. So darn good. And so darn easy.

Baked salmon being eaten with a fork.

More Salmon Recipes to Enjoy

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Baked salmon being eaten with a fork.

Baked salmon being eaten with a fork.
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Dijon Baked Salmon

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
This Dijon baked salmon is one of my favorite easy salmon recipes. It's incredibly flavorful and the dijon topping keeps the salmon moist, light and flaky. Watch how easy it is to make in the recipe video above!
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  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon, King, Sockeye or Coho salmon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Place the salmon on a parchment lined baking tray and set it aside.
  • Mix together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and generously coat the top of the salmon.
  • Bake the salmon for 18-20 minutes (depending on size and thickness), then slice it into individual portions and serve immediately.

Lisa's Tips

  • You could easily make this recipe with 4-6 individual salmon fillets, rather than one large fillet.
  • If you're following Whole30, I recommend this Dijon mustard which is Whole30 compliant. I also have many more Whole30 recipes in the recipe index.
  • And if you're looking for some tasty meal prep recipes, this Dijon baked salmon is always tops on my list. I'll gladly eat this salmon several days in a row! Make sure to watch my meal prep video for more weekly recipe ideas.


Calories: 249.7kcal, Carbohydrates: 1.9g, Protein: 30.5g, Fat: 13.4g, Saturated Fat: 1.7g, Cholesterol: 87.1mg, Sodium: 371mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 0.3g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon, dijon baked salmon, salmon recipes
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Recipe originally posted February 2018, but updated to include new information. 

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99 comments on “Dijon Baked Salmon”

  1. I don’t have fresh parsley on hand, would you use dried?  If so, how much?  Thanks!  I look forward to trying this recipe :)

  2. Not for us. Didn’t care for the combinations. I think we’ll stick to the sweeter coatings.

  3. Salmon filet baked at 325 for 15 minutes is perfection.  Higher temp and longer cooking time can easily lead to dryness.

  4. Lovely mix. I mixed several mustard bottles I had and cooked it in the microwave with a Lekue container, because it was too late to turn the oven on. It was ready in 4 minutes plus one with the Lekue closed, and it was a huge success!

  5. Delish, quick & simple prep!  The avocado oil is expensive- $7.99! But I’m sure you could use a different oil. 

    • Thanks for the kind comment, Wendy! And yes, you can definitely use a different type of oil for this recipe like olive oil! :)

  6. This was the BEST salmon recipe I have ever made. It was even delicious the next day served cold! Thank you for sharing this tasty, easy and healthy recipe! 

    • Thanks for the kind comment, Carolyn! I’m so glad you loved the Dijon Salmon recipe! :)

  7. Did not like this recipe one bit. It tasted like nothing but pure Dijon mustard which is way too strong for my taste. 

    • Hi Mike – I’m sorry you didn’t like the recipe. Yes, if you’re not a huge fan of Dijon mustard then I wouldn’t recommend this recipe. Alternatively, you may want to try my orange glazed salmon.

  8. This was so delicious! I also substituted dill because it was what I had but the mild mustard flavor made it creamy and flavorful. Glad I found this recipe, thanks!

    • Hi Bridgette – Yum, sounds delicious with dill! I’m so glad you loved the salmon recipe! Thank you for the kind comment. :)

  9. Amazing!!! I loved it

  10. I make this weekly using dill instead of parsley. It’s a winner! The only way my husband will eat fish.

  11. I´ve made this one yesterday for me and my mom, ohh my gosh it is super easy and simple delicious!! I really love the way you make everything look so simple that inspire us just to do it, thank you!

    • Yay! It’s my favorite baked salmon recipe and I’m happy you and your mom love it as well! The fact that it’s fast and easy just seems like a bonus, doesn’t it? ;)

  12. I’ve made this twice so far. It is now my most favorite salmon recipe. Thank you Lisa for all your wonderful videos.

    • Yay! I’m so happy you love the recipe Denise! It’s one of my favorites as well, especially as it’s so easy. Have you tried my Orange Glazed Salmon yet? You might love that one as well. :)

  13. Always tried to stay away from Atlantic salmon. Just looks fattier to me but thanks for the tip on other negaives.
    Nice recipe. Will try it.

  14. Woow.. i will try this next weekend.. thank you from cold Norway

  15. Scrumptious crowd pleaser! Will be in our dinner rotation for years to come. Thank you for sharing this healthy easy to prepair recipe.

  16. This salmon was absolutely delish!! It was super easy to make, and it literally took about 15 minutes. It will be had again and again for sure :)

  17. Can I use olive oil instead of avocado oil?

  18. Truly great recipe, wonderful combination of flavours. Thank you!

  19. I made this today for dinner. I added capers and shrimp though. It came out perfect. Everyone loved it. Got lots of compliments for the dish. Great recipe. They ate the whole salmon. Lol.

  20. Hello from Spain
    It is really delicious! Mi kids finally eat fish!!
    I was wondering if I can use another type of fish instead of salmon

  21. This was amazing!

  22. I made the recipe for my family. It was quick, easy and everyone liked it!

  23. this recipe came to together quickly and was so delicious. Very fresh and light tasting.    My stepdaughter doesn’t really like mustard but this even got her approval.  Do you use a particular brand of Dijon mustard? We used French’s which I find has a little more zing.    Thanks in advance.  

    Rating: 5
  24. Easy and good.

    Rating: 5
  25. Oh, so good! One of my kids doesn’t like any kind of fish, including salmon, so I have been craving salmon for a while and this recipe hit the spot. My son ate a little bit, but I have leftovers for two days and I’m so happy! My husband also enjoyed it and my other two kids as well. So glad I found your channel and website, you inspired me to just get salmon and make it. :)

    Rating: 5
  26. Hi Lisa, I recently found your youtube channel. Congrats on your work its full of great tips. I started cooking all my meals and I am following your meal prep videos.

    This recipe looks yummy, It linked me from your meal prep entry:

    “My meal prep changes weekly and based on the seasons (again, food variety). But there’s 5 things I prep every week:

    Protein: this could be roasted chicken, baked salmon, slow cooker pulled pork, baked halibut, etc.”

    I was wondering if this can be made ahead and if so, for how long would it stay good in the fridge?

    Thanks in advance!

  27. I’ve made this a bunch of times, and it is always really good! I plan on making this many more times!

    Rating: 5
  28. So easy and delicious. My boyfriend is losing his mind stressed finishing his masters thesis and said this salmon was the highlight of his day :)  It took 2 minutes to throw the sauce together. I didn’t have parsley so I swapped it with frozen chopped dill, and didn’t have avocado oil so swapped it with olive oil. Baked it on a parchment lined sheet pan with veggies. Only needed 18 minutes to cook. Yum!

    Rating: 5
  29. Dijon salmon comes highly recommended, serving to guests tomorrow, 
    THANKS, pat

  30. Husband really liked it! 

    Rating: 5
  31. Absolutely delicious! The salmon says moist and the flavors dance so well together.

    Rating: 5
  32. Loved the recipe, Lisa! Making it again tonight. Thank you for the clarification on parsley – obviously, I didn’t watch the video. :- )
    Happy Independence Day.

  33. That mystery “1/4 fresh parsley” makes me wish I knew if you meant 1/4 bunch or 1/4 cup because I’m going to try this recipe out for 7 guests tonight. I’m guessing that 1/4 bunch and 1/4 cup are close to being the same, so hoping this turns out okay. Have fresh Alaskan King salmon that we just caught yesterday!

  34. We had chicken today – decided to use this Dijon crust.  Amazing too!  Chicken can be bland at the best of times, husband thought I had bought it pre made/packed.  Delicious.  Paired it with cauliflower tabbouleh.

    Rating: 5
  35. Delicious and moist! I have made this several times now as my husband and I enjoy it so much. It is especially good as he needs to eat soft foods for a while after oral surgery. I also have made the salmon patties several times too and they are so good! Thank you so much for sharing good for you and easy recipes.

    Rating: 5
  36. OMG… not only is this salmon moist but its ridiculously flavorful! And the smell of it baking makes your mouth water! I would have never thought of mixing mustard for salmon but it works so well and so simple, easy and fast to make… what a plus!I’ll definitely have to make it again! Maybe this weekend for Memorial Day. So cheap and easy it’ll feed several people. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ll definitely try a few others you have. ?

    Rating: 5
  37. Super easy and awesome 

    Rating: 5
  38. Excellent and easy!  Salmon was moist and delicious.

    Rating: 5
  39. dang!  You did it again!  Loved the simplicity yet burst of flavour in this one, the mustard didn’t overpower the salmon – which is strange!  Paired it with your cauliflower tabbouleh, perfect!  Middle son (who doesn’t board at school as the other two) says “a million out of 10” when I asked him to rate it.  Delicious.

    Rating: 5
  40. Amazing! So easy to make and it tasted great! The sauce helps keep the fish so moist. I will definitely make this again! 

    Rating: 5
  41. Amazing recipe! tried it over tilapia and chicken

    Rating: 5
  42. This looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing! Can’t wait to make my own dijon salmon the next time I head to the grocery store. My family would definitely love this recipe! I’ll report back after I make it with how it turned out!

    Rating: 5
  43. You mentioned you use this for meal prep and eat it for several days.  How long will this keep?  Do you reheat it? I have always been afraid to meal prep fish.

  44. Hi, Jeff – great review. As I come from the Pacific Northwest, USA, I am curious about the salmon dish you described. Based on my readings and searches, I”ve concluded farmed salmon is a no-no for many reasons. Was there any indication at the restaurant about the origins of the salmon ? Regards, Don

    Rating: 5
  45. What a delicious looking meal!  Thanks so much for sharingJulie

    Rating: 5
  46. You got me al dijon mustard. Mustard is not used very often and it is a great condiment to be used in so many different ways. And it goes perfect with seafood yummy!

  47. That sounds and looks so good, a big side of salmon is a great way to serve numbers elegantly and really rather simply. Love this!

    Rating: 5
  48. I love salmon, but never eat enough of it. After looking at this recipe, I need to pick up a fillet or two. The dijon topping sounds perfect for salmon.

    Rating: 5
    • I hear that often – that many people order salmon when they’re in restaurants, but never prepare it at home. Hopefully the simplicity of this recipe will help change that and put salmon into a regular rotation for your meals. ;) x

  49. What a delightful combination. Salmon + mustard, yes please! Pinning!

    Rating: 5
  50. I was just about to go out to the market when I got Lisa’s email with this recipe – bough some fresh salmon (all the other ingredients I already had), came home prepped it in 5 minutes – had it with oven baked fries and an arugula salad – it was incredibly taste and a light fulfilling meal! Perfect dinner!Cheers from Lisbon, Lisa! – I love your guide of my own city and still have to check some of the places you mentioned there :)

    Rating: 5