Fish & Seafood

Baked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Sauce | Savory Ways with Maple Syrup

Baked salmon topped with the tangy-sweet combination of Dijon mustard and pure maple syrup is a great way to enjoy the savory side of maple.

By Aimee Tucker

Mar 18 2016

Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey
March means maple season in New England, and while there are countless ways to enjoy pure maple syrup at breakfast and dessert, it’s also a wonderful ingredient for lending sweetness to savory dishes like baked beans, glazed spareribs, and roasted vegetables. This Baked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Sauce is another good example — taking advantage of the sweetness of maple syrup and tangy zip of Dijon mustard in a creamy sauce.
maple mustard salmon
Baked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Sauce.
Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey
The sauce here is simple — Dijon mustard and pure maple syrup are whisked together with a little mayonnaise and herbs. The mayonnaise helps the sauce stick to the fish, and lends moisture to the salmon while it bakes. Since it’s March I didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand so I used dried, but fresh herbs would make the sauce even better. I used parsley, but dill, cilantro, or tarragon would also work. The recipe is for 4 servings but I was only making 2, so what you see is half the amount.
maple mustard sauce
Pure maple syrup, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard.
Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey
The maple-mustard sauce is thick enough to spoon on top of the fillets after dusting them with a little salt and pepper to taste.
maple mustard salmon sauce
Spooning the maple-mustard sauce onto the fish.
Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey
Then the fillets are baked for 10 minutes or until they flake easily with a fork (mine took closer to 13 minutes, but my oven runs a little funny sometimes). Wanting to continue the savory maple theme, I drizzled fresh, halved Brussels sprouts with a little olive oil and pure maple syrup. The syrup caramelizes while the sprouts bake and gives the nutty vegetables a little boost of sweetness.
maple mustard salmon
Baked salmon with seasoned rice and maple-glazed Brussels sprouts.
Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey
Beyond pancakes and maple walnut ice cream, how do you like your maple? This post was first published in 2014 and has been updated. 

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