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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

For more delicious and healthy salmon recipes make sure to check out my:

Baked salmon being eaten with a fork.

Baked salmon being eaten with a fork.
4.8 from 43 votes

Dijon Baked Salmon

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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!


  • 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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123 comments on “Dijon Baked Salmon”

  1. Hi! Wondering how to store this cooked salmon in the fridge? And for how long?
    Also, is it possible to store cooked salmon in the freezer.. ?

    Thanks in advance! 

    • Hi Phoebe – you can store cooked salmon in the fridge for up to 3-5 days, and then you can pop it in the freezer after :)

  2. Hi! If I do not have avocado oil, can I substitute with olive oil or grapeseed oil?

  3. This is the best salmon I have ever made! I made some Sockeye with just black pepper and lemon and didn’t really like its flavor. When I tried your recipe it was a game changer! Will try it with Coho next! Thank you very much Lisa!

  4. Made this once and it was incredible. I was getting really tired of dry salmon! Quick question, though. Is this something that could be done on the grill?

    • Hi Shawn – glad you enjoyed this salmon recipe :) If you were to grill it, I would place it on a cedar plan as it will fall apart on the grill.

  5. Hi Lisa,

    I have made this dish sooo many times; for dinner parties as well as just a Wednesday treat for my husband. Always a complete success and a source of praise (a great deal of which should be forwarded to you!).

    So, keep up the great work, you are a true inspiration!

    • Hi Emma – I’m so happy to hear that! I’m glad that you, your husband, and your friends all love this recipe :)

  6. Delicious salmon recipe. I made jasmine rice and put some lemon zest and parsley at the end.

  7. Hi Lisa,

    How can I adjust the cooking time if I’m making a small filet for 1 person?


  8. One of the best recipes i have found so far for moist tasty salmon. doing this again for the 3rd time. only this time using pre cut salmon pieces. whole wild caught is so hard to find . need to keep my eyes to make sure i dont over cook.

  9. Can I use some other fish with this receipe? 
    Thank you for this site, it is my go-to! 

    • Hi Karolina – yes, you can use this topping on a wide variety of fish (cod, seabass, etc) as well as chicken! And I’m happy you’re loving all my recipes, thank you!

  10. I found this gem of a recipe and my hubby cooked it. I was so tasty and moist! We made 4 fillets and there were no leftovers. The recipe is so easy to make. Easy and delicious = winner!

  11. This is absolutely wonderful! My husband who isn’t a salmon lover does love this! Thanks for recipe!

  12. Loved this recipe! Simple yet delicious; also, extra points for being broke-college-student friendly! I added capers into the mix for a bit of extra flavor.