Power Up with Protein-Rich Salmon

Mustard-glazed salmon is simple to prepare for fast weeknight dinners, makes for an impressive meal for a special occasion, and is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. Salmon is a great source of protein, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids—which are linked to improved cardiovascular health—and is high in B vitamins and more.

Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard Glaze

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the Salmon
2-pound salmon fillet, skin on
Salt
Black pepper

For the Mustard Glaze
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
3 tablespoons honey
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Fresh parsley, minced, for garnishing
Lemon wedges, for spritzing

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cover the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

For the Salmon
If desired, cut the salmon into even portions. Set the salmon, skin side down, on the foil. Season salmon lightly with salt and black pepper.

For the Mustard Glaze
Place the Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, honey, garlic, smoked paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and lemon juice in a small bowl; whisk to combine. Brush or spread the mustard mixture evenly onto the top of the salmon. If you want to keep the juices from spreading out over the bottom of the pan, you can scrunch up the foil around the sides of the salmon.

Place the salmon in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is opaque and light pink and flaky throughout. Note: The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the salmon and your oven. The salmon should register 145 degrees F on a meat thermometer.

When finished cooking, let the salmon rest for a couple of minutes before serving. Sprinkle minced parsley on top of the salmon and serve lemon wedges on the side for spritzing.