Roasted Salmon with Mustard-Herb Sauce


 

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Salmon is a very healthy fish so it should be eaten often.  I know a lot of people say they do not like salmon because it is too “fishy.”  I find that odd because that is exactly why I do like it, because it is not “fishy.”  Perhaps they are not getting it fresh?  Well no matter.  It is also a very versatile seafood that can be served with innumerable different sauces.  It can also be grilled, pan-fried, roasted, poached, you name it.  It is also good because it can be done to your specific liking.  What I mean is, it can be sort of rare, medium-rare or well done (cooked completely through).  Just like steak.  Oh yeah.  And it comes in a fillet or a steak!  The steak is usually less expensive, but fattier.

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This recipe is adapted from one in Bon Appetit magazine.  They roasted a full side of salmon.  If you wish to do this, simply double the mustard-herb sauce, get a 3+ pound salmon, and roast whole.  Cut into serving size pieces after roasting.  Serves 8-10.

Roasted Salmon with Mustard-Herb Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel, finely grated
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets, each about 6 ounces, with skin, and about 1 1/2 inches thick

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and arrange rack in the center of the oven; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, tarragon, chives, sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel (everything but the salmon); season generously with salt and pepper.Place salmon, skin side down, on the baking sheet; spoon 1/4 cup of the mustard sauce over the fillets and spread it out to try to cover completely.  Season salmon with additional salt and pepper; roast until salmon is just opaque in the center, about 15 minutes.
Serve with remaining mustard sauce.
Serves 4.

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