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My family had always really enjoyed salmon meals but what kept us coming back to this recipe was its simplicity. The relatively few ingredients means it's a healthy but surprisingly filling meal. Perfect with mustard greens or on a bed of rice.
For 2 or 3 people:
- 1 and a half pounds de-boned salmon fillet
- 2 tablespoons prepared whole grain mustard
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- fresh-milled black pepper to taste
- lemon wedges for garnish
Preheat oven to 475º Farenheight.
- Rinse the fish and pat dry. Lay skin-side down on a parchment lined baking pan. (The parchment prevents the fish from sticking to the pan and greatly reduces cleanup time.)
- Cut a half-inch deep crosshatch pattern in the salmon. Season lightly with pepper.
- Mix the mustard and maple syrup together and smear over the fish. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the salmon is crispy on the outside and medium rare on the inside. Remove the salmon from the oven and cover with foil or a plate for a few minutes to complete cooking. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
The garnish of a simple dish like this can make a dramatic difference. Try sprinkling chopped green onions, chopped walnuts, or even drizzling some honey over the glazed fish instead of (or in addition to) the lemon wedges.