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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. 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. Pair the salmon with a green vegetable and a starch (baked potatoes, twice-baked potatoes, couscous, or drop biscuits are all good options).

What you’ll need To Make Baked Salmon

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Step-by-step Instructions

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
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup panko
  • ¼ 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, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the panko, pecans, parsley (if using), and remaining ¼ 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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Comments

  • I made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious. I make salmon once a week and I am always looking for new recipes. I was given a large amount of pecans from someone who owns a farm and been making everything with pecans this week. The glaze with the pecan panko crust was amazing. I will be making this again next week!!! Thanks Jenn for another great recipe.

    • — Josephine on January 27, 2023
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  • Not only did I make, we loved it!

    • — You iris on January 11, 2023
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  • This is delicious, and so easy. I did not have parsley, but thought the pecan pieces were a very good addition. Will make it again. I presume this might work well in an air fryer too, with appropriate adjustments to time and temperature.

    • — Susan on December 29, 2022
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    • How would you do this in an air fryer? I just bought one

      • — You iris on January 11, 2023
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  • This was perfect! I’ve made so many different variations of salmon and I have to say this is my favorite. I made this as a dress rehearsal for NYE and it passed with flying colors. So easy, so delicious and so elegant. I served it with a green salad to start and I made Jenn’s drop biscuits (perfect!) and roasted asparagus.

    I am a novice-intermediate chef and I love Jenn’s recipes. They are all tested, fool-proof and scrumptious.

    Make this salmon now.

    • — Carolyn G. on December 12, 2022
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  • These were so delicious, and so easy! My guests loved them as well.

    • — Marcia on December 10, 2022
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  • Yum! This is delicious, a great recipe for company. It always gets rave reviews!

    • — Gail on November 26, 2022
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  • THIS!! recipe was amazing!!! Made as instructed. YUMMMMMY!

    • — Patti Taylor on November 16, 2022
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  • Just made this last night for company and it was a major hit! So easy and you can do everything ahead of time!

    • — Doreen on November 12, 2022
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  • This cooked perfectly. It was so good. This will be in my go to rotation for sure!

    • — Norma on November 8, 2022
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  • My husband just made this and it was delicious. He followed the recipe exactly and it came out so good and moist! Definitely a keeper!

    • — Connie Carroll on October 24, 2022
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  • Aswesome! super easy.

    • — doug on October 17, 2022
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  • Delicious! Next time I will put less crumb topping on the thinner parts of the salmon – it became a little too salty. The flavors were fantastic and I already want to make it again!

    • — Nicky on October 9, 2022
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  • The best salmon that I have ever had! Yummmmm! 👍😁

    • — Amy on September 23, 2022
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  • Easy and Excellent

    • — Heidi on September 10, 2022
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  • This was hands down the best salmon I have ever had! Kudos to the culinary genius that passed this recipe on to Jenn. She clearly knows her way around the kitchen!!

    • — Rich Dezelon on August 25, 2022
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    • 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 26, 2022
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  • This is the best Salmon I’ve ever had and the only Salmon my husband has ever tried. We both love it and look forward to serving it to company….Thanks Jenn!

    • — Liz on August 14, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn
    I love this recipe, I was wondering I bought some pieces of halibut, would this recipe work with this type of fish or no?
    Thank you so much
    Melissa

    • — Melissa on July 29, 2022
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    • Glad you like it! And I do think it would work with halibut — I’d love to hear how it turns out. 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 29, 2022
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  • I was easy to make and delicious. I’ve looking for a great topping and this is one of the best for me thus far.

    • — Todd on July 4, 2022
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