A quick and easy yet healthy and flavorful dish for lunch or dinner. This buttery dill mustard baked salmon is paleo and Whole30 friendly and ready in less than 15 minutes!
I ride solo with my salmon and I’m perfectly fine doing it that way. I wasn’t always though. I swear I didn’t sit down for this recipe planning to dig into my best relationship advice, but it’s happening so let’s go with it.
I ride/fly solo with my salmon because Adam flipping hates salmon, and I now accept and respect that fact that I just couldn’t for so many years.
I tried to cook it probably 10 different ways, all delicious in my opinion, and each time it would go to waste. Literally – I saw him throw the whole thing in the garbage once years back, and, I might as well have caught him in the act of, er, something else, because the image of the salmon hitting the trash will never be erased from my mind.
Okay fine, that’s an exaggeration, except that I totally remember what he was wearing when it happened (Adam, not the salmon.) And what I was wearing. And I can even see the pile of mail sitting on the kitchen table witnessing the whole thing.
Wow, did I just go off on a tangent or what? Where was I? Ah yes. Don’t try to make people (especially a significant other) like a food that they just don’t like. Not only will it not work, but they’ll start to want to kill you which is bad news for nearly any relationship. Plus you waste a whole sh*t ton of awesome food.
Be flexible, be accepting. You are not that person’s food parole officer or the authority on anything regarding their choices, preferences, and quirks. Yes, I made the salmon issue into a power struggle and it was stupid, and a damn good salmon fillet (probably more than one but I was kept in the dark) was sacrificed in this war. It’s just not worth it. Make solo salmon, not war.
All that to explain why the recipe I’m about to give you is a single serving. But please, don’t hesitate to double it if both you and your significant other are truly happy eating salmon. That’s a beautiful thing to cherish. So you just go and eat your salmon frolicking in a field holding hands while I make mine to each alone for lunch in front of the computer. I’d take the latter over the former any day anyway, I’m really not much of a frolicker.
- 1 6oz wild caught salmon fillet (or 2 if you plan to double!)
- 1 tbsp organic ghee (clarified butter) at room temp (you can use butter if you are fine with dairy)
- 1 tsp brown or dijon mustard
- ½ tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp dried dill
- ¼ tsp coarse sea salt
- pinch of black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- Lightly pat the salmon fillet dry on both sides with paper towel to remove excess moisture
- In a small bowl, combine the ghee or butter, mustard, lemon juice, and dill until smooth
- Place the salmon in a greased cast iron pan skin side down (or on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet for less cleanup) and sprinkle the top with the sea salt and pepper. Then spread the dill mixture evenly over the top to completely coat.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through (it will easily flake with a fork when fully cooked)
- Serve with whatever you want (it's your salmon after all) and enjoy!
Voila! I made mine into fish and chips. I hope you didn’t think I’d skip the plantains! This is my lunch after all. Be true to you 🙂
What’s your favorite thing to cook for just yourself?
Have you tried to get your significant other to like a food that just wouldn’t happen?
Best relationship advice salmon related or not?