Roasted Salmon with Mustard Crust

IMG_3678This is one of the easiest ways to prepare fresh salmon.  Simply coat the top of fillets with whole grain mustard and olive oil and bake until a nice brown crust covers the top.  Sprinkle with chopped chives before serving.  Looks great and tastes even better! When I chose to make this last week, I did not have whole grain mustard in the pantry but I added a Tablespoon of whole brown mustard seeds to Dijon mustard for a substitute.  The result was so tasty I may just do it that way every time!  The mustard seeds toast and pop with flavor.

Roasted Salmon with Mustard Crust

4 wild caught salmon fillets

salt and pepper

1/4 cup whole grain mustard (or substitute with Dijon mustard and add whole mustard seeds)

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Chopped chives

Preheat oven to 400° and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir together the mustard, olive oil and chives.

Sprinkle salmon fillets with salt and pepper and place them skin side down on the baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture over the tops of the fillets, place in oven to roast for 6 minutes. Reset oven to Broil.   Broil the salmon 6 inches from the heat for 4-5minutes, until the mustard crust is browned and the salmon is almost cooked through. Using a spatula, carefully slide the salmon fillets off their skins to place on seving platter. Top with chopped chives.

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