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Broiled salmon with herb dijon sauce allows you to enjoy the ease and convenience of putting a scrumptious and healthy meal on the table that your entire family will love.
Meals shouldn’t be hard, especially on weeknights! They also shouldn’t feel like you’re depriving yourself because you’re trying to eat healthy! This salmon, broiled and crisped to perfection with a tender inside is paired with a flavor fest of dijon, lemon and fresh herbs drizzled on top.
The sauce is so delectable and it makes enough that you can also add it to field greens for an easy side salad. Tip: thin it out with some olive oil for salad dressing consistency.
In the nice weather, feel free to throw the salmon on the grill instead of broiling.
Broiled salmon versus baked
First, both broiling and baking use dry heat to cook. Broiling relies on direct heat at a higher temperature (similar to grilling) and baking salmon uses indirect heat at lower temperatures.
Broiled salmon will give you a crispy top and tender, soft inside which I love so I tend to to broil it more.
do you need to flip salmon when broiling?
No, there is no need to flip the fish. The high heat cooks the salmon crispy and evenly giving it a crispy texture on the outside and tender on the inside.
If the skin has been removed from the fish and you’d like both sides crispy, you can flip it to crisp both sides but I find it’s not necessary.
broiling the salmon
I chose to broil the salmon but you can easily grill or pan fry instead. As you can see, my family and I all like our salmon well-done so if you prefer it less cooked, just pull it sooner than my instructions.
To know when salmon is done, take a sharp knife to peek into the thickest part. If the meat is beginning to flake, but still has translucency in the middle, it’s done.
Generously add sea salt and ground black pepper to the salmon and squirt lemon juice on top of each filet. Put under the broiler for about 8 minutes.
Also, for easy clean-up, line your sheet try with aluminum foil!
preparing the herb dijon sauce
This herb dijon sauce is flexible and versatile so prepare it exactly how you like it. For example, I used basil and chives in this recipe however any fresh herbs will do. Try dill, thyme, parsley or rosemary. Anything you have on hand will work.
It’s really important to taste while you’re making the sauce and make sure it stays in balance. Don’t be shy with the salt and if it tastes too mustardy, add more lemon and herbs.
what to serve with broiled salmon
This sauce is so delicious and makes more than you need for the fish so pair it with a green salad (add some olive oil to thin it out for dressing). Other pairing suggestions include creamy broccoli soup, pasta salad with balsamic vinaigrette, loaded potatoes with bacon and avocado sauce or herb roasted sweet potato fries.
other healthy dinners you’ll love:
- sloppy joes on crispy sweet potatoes with pickled onions
- butternut squash noodles with chicken & cream sauce
- parmesan crusted chicken
- instant pot chicken tacos with avocado crema
- blackened mahi with mashed herb cauliflower
This broiled salmon takes minutes to make and you’ll love the herb dijon sauce! Throw it on the salmon and dress some lettuce with it too. The perfect easy breezy weeknight meal!
- In medium bowl, stir together mustard, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, oil, chives, basil and garlic. Put aside.
- Heat broiler with rack 4 inches from the heat.
- Pat salmon dry with paper towels and place on broiler pan. drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice on each filet. Season with sea salt and pepper. Split the sauce into 2 bowls.
- Take one of the bowls and use a brush to slather all top and sides of salmon with mustard sauce.
- Broil for about 8 minutes until salmon is starting to flake and has some transparency in the middle.
- Serve with fresh field greens and drizzle remaining sauce from the second bowl on top of fish and greens. Top with fresh ground pepper or shaved parmesan.
- Feel free to substitute chives and basil with thyme or dill.
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