Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard and Pecan-Panko Crust

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This baked salmon with a crunchy topping takes just 20 minutes to make, yet it’s elegant enough for company.

This baked salmon dish takes a total of 20 minutes – 10 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook – yet tastes like something you’d order at a fancy restaurant. It’s perfect for when you have company coming at the end of a long day (and you’re asking yourself, “What was I thinking?”) or on a busy weeknight when you have to hit the kitchen running. Feel free to substitute another type of fish like cod, trout or striped bass, although salmon offsets the pecan panko crust and tangy glaze beautifully.

To parents of picky eaters: if your kids are lukewarm on fish, I find that a crunchy coating is the best way to entice them, and you can omit the nuts if need be. A big thank you to my friend Betsy Goldstein for the recipe!

What you’ll need To Make Baked Salmon

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How To Make Baked Salmon

Begin by combining the mustard, butter, honey, salt, and pepper to make the glaze.

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Next, make the topping by mixing together the panko, pecans, and parsley.

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Spoon the glaze over the salmon fillets.

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Then press the pecan-panko mixture over top.

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Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the salmon flakes when tested with a fork.

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Enjoy!

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Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard and Pecan Panko Crust

This baked salmon with a crunchy topping takes just 20 minutes to make, yet it’s elegant enough for company.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley (optional, for color)
  • 4 (6-oz) salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, melted butter, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the panko, pecans, parsley (if using), and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. Spoon the honey-mustard mixture evenly over the salmon fillets. (Don't worry if it drips down the sides a little.) Sprinkle the panko-pecan mixture over the glaze, pressing it lightly so it adheres.
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes per inch of thickness, depending on how well done you like your salmon. (If you find that the topping is browning more than you’d like before the fish is cooked through, loosely cover the salmon with foil.) Serve hot or at room temperature. (Note that if your salmon has skin, it may stick to the foil; to remove the fish from the pan, slide a thin spatula between the skin and the flesh, leaving the skin behind.)
  6. Make Ahead: The salmon can be glazed, coated with the panko-pecan mixture, and refrigerated up to 3 hours ahead of time.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 482
  • Fat: 33 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 36 g
  • Sodium: 467 mg
  • Cholesterol: 109 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • FANTASTIC! I made this for Easter and we all LOVED it and we aren’t even huge salmon fans. I used sockeye this time and I’m not sure if that made any difference but your recipe was a hit and we can’t wait to have salmon again — there are a couple more of yours that we want to try!!

    • — Meredith on April 8, 2021
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  • Absolutely delicious! I substituted the panko with gluten free bread crumbs and it was loved by everyone!

    • — Caryn on April 3, 2021
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  • It was okay. For me, the pecan/panko bread topping didn’t add enough to justify the extra calories. Might try making it again with just the honey-butter dijon glaze.

    • — Marianne on March 27, 2021
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  • I’ve made this many times and it comes out great. Sometimes I leave out the butter and honey and just brush the fish lightly with mustard and add the topping. Just don’t overcook the salmon! Easy and delicious.

    • — Steve on March 20, 2021
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  • This salmon recipe looks like it takes it to the next level. It’s just my husband and I, so can I just half everything?
    I usually buy one Faro salmon filet about 11oz. for the both of us from the fish truck that comes to our community on Fridays.
    I mix Mayo, Dijon, frsh lemon juice and spread it on the top. Just before I bake it at 400°, I squeeze local honey over it. Usually takes about 15-18 min.
    I want to try your recipe, but want to make sure I can wing it by cutting it half.
    Thanks.
    SunnynDrohan

    • — Sunny Drohan on March 18, 2021
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    • Sure, Sunny, I think it’s perfectly fine to cut it in half. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 19, 2021
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  • Can this be cooked at a lower oven temperature? I don’t like cooking at high temperatures.

    • — ℅ Jacqueline Cable on March 18, 2021
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    • Hi, that should be doable, it will just take a little longer in the oven. If you find the topping is browning too much due to the longer time in the oven, I’d loosely lay a piece of foil overtop.

      • — Jenn on March 19, 2021
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  • This was SO easy to prepare and absolutely delicious! Hubby and I loved it and have made it several times! Great recipe…..thanks Jen!!

    • — Lisa on March 18, 2021
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  • I made this last night for my family and it was big hit. So easy to make and so flavorful. I switched out pecans for almonds because my daughter has an allergy to them. Definitely going into rotation. I’m so glad I found your Instagram!

    • — Dorothy on February 27, 2021
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  • Made this so many times, great recipe to have on hand! I add lemon zest and tarragon to the panko mix and it’s a great addition.

    • — Jacqueline on February 25, 2021
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  • I made this for a special Valentines Day dinner. It was delicious!! I will definitely make this again🎉 Thank you!!

    • — Amber on February 14, 2021
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  • Made this tonight to celebrate my mom’s birthday and it was delicious! Served with your quinoa pilaf and creamed spinach….topped it off with apple crisp! All courtesy of Chef Jenn! Thank you!!!

    • — Kristie on February 6, 2021
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  • So easy and so flavorful. Great recipe

    • — pat dyckes on February 4, 2021
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  • Super delicious and simple weeknight meal, nice that I can get everything prepped while the oven is preheating. I use parchment instead of aluminum just to ensure no sticking (I actually like the skin). I also subbed the honey for some brown sugar once because that’s all I had and it still turned out great. Will definitely be making this again!

    • — Diane L. on February 3, 2021
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  • Your recipes are always spot on! I unexpectedly had to cook dinner for my family this weekend and decided to try this recipe since I already had all the ingredients but the salmon on hand. My pieces of salmon were a little bit bigger, so they needed an extra 5 minutes in the oven. It came out perfect! Nice crispy crust on top and the glaze was very flavorful. Can’t wait to make this one again.

    • — Michelle N. on February 2, 2021
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