Don’t miss out on this amazing meal – salmon coated in a delicious balsamic, honey, and Dijon sauce and baked to flaky perfection.
Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Can you believe we are already more than halfway through September? I feel like I say something like that every month, but the time really does fly by. Saturday was J’s birthday so he got to choose how to spend the weekend. We went to a little festival nearby, out for barbecue on Saturday, then took Natalie to a local rescue/rehab zoo after church on Sunday. She was a big fan of the tortoises. Not sure if it was because she was able to stand up and hold onto the fence or that they were close enough to see well, or what, but it was super adorable to watch her jump/dance and squeal with delight.
Oh, and the best part – I didn’t have to cook at all on Saturday! It’s like it was actually my birthday! I mean, I love to cook and all, obviously, but sometimes – especially when we’ve been out and about all day in the heat – it’s nice to not have to deal with all the kitchen madness when we get home. Plus, I love me some Rudy’s barbecue. Their sauce is, hands down, the best. And you know how important sauces are to me and J.
Which is one reason this meal was such a huge hit. Balsamic, honey, and Dijon in an amazing sauce, drizzled (poured) over perfectly baked salmon. I mean, how could that not be the best meal ever. Balsamic vinegar, y’all. Did I really need to say more than that?!?
While J does not share my deep love for all-things-balsamic, he does appreciate a good sauce. And even he can’t deny how perfect this one is, especially over salmon, but I think it would be great over chicken as well. Or just with a spoon, straight to my mouth. What? That’s not acceptable. Psh.
Whether you choose to spoon the sauce straight to your face, or eat it like a civilized human being, you need to make it. Like, yesterday. Belie’e dat!
Balsamic Honey Dijon Salmon
- 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil. spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
- Add olive oil to a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook the garlic until tender and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the honey, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer for about 3 minutes until it slightly starts to thicken, then remove from the heat and divide in half between two small bowls. You will use one for brushing the salmon before baking, and one for serving.
- Place the salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet, skin side down if they have the skin still on. Using one of the bowls of sauce, brush the sauce over the tops of the salmon, generously.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets, until flesh flakes easily with a fork. Spoon glaze from the second bowl of sauce over the top, and serve with your favorite sides!
Source: The Recipe Critic