CRISPY HONEY DIJON SALMON

Crispy Honey Dijon Salmon In Skillet

CRISPY HONEY DIJON SALMON

by | Apr 16, 2021

This Crispy Honey Dijon Salmon comes together in minutes and has the wow factor that will make you feel as though you’re eating in a fine restaurant. Buy the fish, whip up the sauce and pan-sear the salmon. Add a quick salad and some veggies and you’re done!

Salmon is sooo healthy…..

Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, B vitamins, potassium, selenium and the antioxidant astaxanthin. At the market you will often have a choice between farmed and wild caught salmon. Check out this article at Healthline.com to learn more about the similarities and differences. USDA does not currently certify organic aquaculture production. Questions about the safety of seafood abound. Ask the market proprietor or other market staff about the source of their salmon and which choice is most sustainable and healthy.

What makes a great fish market?

I feel so fortunate to have an amazing fish market(The Clam Man) within walking distance of my home in Falmouth. What makes a great fish market? Well, of course, it’s the fish.

When purchasing fish, you want to make sure that it is fresh, and the first sign of freshness is the smell of the shop as you enter. It shouldn’t smell fishy but rather more like the sea. If it does smell fishy, that’s your cue to turn around and make other plans for dinner. The eyes of whole fish should be bulging and clear, the skin should be firm, shiny and moist, the gills should be rosy red and the color should be bright. The fish should be displayed or stored on ice, and there should not be any bruising or blemishes on the flesh. A knowledgeable staff and a busy market are other hallmarks of a quality establishment.

Honey Dijon Salmon Over Rice On Plate

“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you and allowing that goodness to emerge”  Eckhart Tolle

Crispy Honey Dijon Salmon In Skillet
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Crispy Honey Dijon Salmon

This Crispy Honey Dijon Salmon comes together in minutes and has the wow factor that will make you feel as though you're eating in a fine restaurant.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Entree
Keyword: Gluten free, Quick
Servings: 2
Calories: 386kcal

Equipment

  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Cast iron or other heavy skillet
  • Metal Spatula
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets about 6 ounces each
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon warm water
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lemon sliced into half rounds
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Remove your salmon from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before cooking and wipe it dry carefully with a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the surface of the salmon fillets.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dijon mustard, honey, warm water, lemon zest and lemon juice until well combined.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet(or other heavy skillet) on high heat. Add the olive oil and place the salmon skin side down on the hot skillet.
  • Pan fry for 3-4 minutes until the underside is crisp,
  • Carefully turn the salmon over with a spatula and continue pan frying for another 3-4 minutes until the salmon is cooked through. Remove the fish to a plate. Safe finished cooking temperature for fish is 145 degrees. If you are using a thermometer, remove the fish from the skillet when it is 135-140 degrees in the thickest part. It will continue to cook after it is removed from the pan. If you are cooking without a thermometer, the flesh should be opaque and separate easily with a fork.
  • Turn the heat to medium low and allow the skillet to cool slightly so as not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet and stir continuously with a wooden spoon for about 30 seconds. Add the honey dijon mixture and the lemon slices to the skillet, allowing the mixture to warm and reduce slightly.
  • Pour the sauce mixture onto the finished salmon and garnish with the chopped parsley.

Notes

The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s, dietician’s or doctor’s advice.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

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You’ll need the following ingredients for this Crispy Honey Dijon Salmon…

  • Salmon Fillets
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Dijon mustard-Dijon is a pale yellow, creamy, tangy French-style mustard different from the traditional American bright yellow mustard. There are many brands of Dijon and their flavors can be very different. Experiment with different brands and choose your favorite. My clear favorite is Maille. Note that not all Dijon mustards are gluten free so check your ingredients carefully if you desire a gluten free product.
  • Honey-honey has many surprising health benefits when used in moderation. Check them out here.
  • Lemon juice, zest and slices-Fresh lemon juice is a must for this recipe.   Lemons can be expensive, so you want to get as much juice out of them as possible.   There are a number of ways to do this, but the quickest and my favorite way is to heat whole lemons in the microwave for about 20 seconds.  Be careful not to overheat the lemon or the juice will literally spill out of the pores of the lemon.
  • Garlic-Most recipes including this one measure garlic by cloves. There can be a very big difference in size from one garlic clove to the next. Experiment with the amount of garlic that you enjoy in your cooking, and adjust the amount used accordingly.
  • Olive oil-learn more about olive oil here.
  • Fresh parsley

Let’s Get Going…

Remove your salmon from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before cooking and wipe it dry carefully with a paper towel. If your salmon is moist, it will steam in the pan instead of forming a crisp exterior.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the surface of the salmon fillets.

In a small bowl, whisk together the dijon mustard, honey, warm water, lemon zest and lemon juice until well combined.

Heat a cast iron skillet(or other heavy skillet) on high heat.

Add the olive oil and place the salmon skin side down on the hot skillet. Don’t allow the oil to smoke.

Pan fry for 3-4 minutes until the underside is crisp,

Carefully turn the salmon over with a spatula and continue pan frying for another 3-4 minutes until the salmon is cooked through.

Remove the fish to a plate. Safe finished cooking temperature for fish is 145 degrees. If you are using a thermometer, remove the fish from the skillet when it is 135-140 degrees in the thickest part. It will continue to cook after it is removed from the pan. If you are cooking without a thermometer, the flesh should be opaque and separate easily with a fork.

Carefully remove the salmon to a plate with a spatula or two spatulas at either end to prevent breakage,

Special Note:

If the salmon is not at the proper temperature after pan searing, place the cast iron skillet with the salmon in the oven until the salmon reaches the proper temperature. Remove the skillet from the oven and carefully remove the salmon to a plate with a spatula or two spatulas at either end to prevent breakage. If you have used the oven to finish the salmon, be careful to use a pot holder for the handle as you continue to prepare the sauce.

Return the skillet to the stovetop.

Turn the heat to medium low and allow the skillet to cool slightly so as not to burn the garlic.

Add the garlic to the skillet and stir continuously with a wooden spoon for about 30 seconds.

Add the honey dijon mixture and the lemon slices to the skillet, allowing the mixture to warm and reduce slightly.

Return the salmon to the skillet and spoon the sauce and lemon slices onto the finished salmon.

Garnish with the chopped parsley.

Crispy Honey Dijon Salmon In Skillet

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? Please leave a comment below and and share a photo on Instagram. Tag @chasingbeans123 and hashtag it #chasingbeans123

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6 Comments

  1. Andrea

    5 stars
    My husband was not happy giving up the grill as he loves to grill Salmon. We made this recipe instead and LOVED it!! I also loved reading the article referenced about the differences between farm raised and wild salmon!

    Reply
    • Rebecca

      So happy Neil gave up the grill for a night and really glad you enjoyed the salmon. 🙂

      Reply
      • Rosina Harlem

        Rebecca I haven’t tried thus yet but would be interested in your info on farm raised salmon vs wild caught. Thank you.

        Reply
        • Rebecca

          Hi Rosina! Great to hear from you. Like a lot of things related to food these days, it’s a complicated question. At the present moment, it looks like wild caught salmon wins outs in terms of the health benefits of avoiding pollutants, chemicals and antibiotics which tend to be higher in farmed fish. This may vary however based on where the wild caught salmon is sourced. As time passes and farming improves the risk benefit ratio may change. Wild caught is more expensive and some people(including me) prefer the taste of farmed. Here are a couple of articles on the subject if you’d like to learn more:

          https://health.clevelandclinic.org/fish-faceoff-wild-salmon-vs-farmed-salmon/

          https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/wild-vs-farmed-salmon#bottom-line

          Reply
  2. Erika Chin

    What a healthy sensory feast and so quick and easy, Rebecca! Salmon is our go-to fish, so nice to spruce it up. We loved this recipe!!! I put black truffle Vital Salts (via Etsy from Oregon!) on both sides first and may increase the mustard a bit at my husband’s suggestion. Nice reminder about pan searing too. I love the versatility of your recipes.

    Reply
    • Rebecca

      So glad you guys enjoyed the salmon Erika!!! And I love your additions. It’s great to remind readers that they can customize recipes for their taste buds and your additions sound yummy!! Watch for more salmon recipes to come.

      Reply

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