Salmon to Impress

Sometimes there are unexpected dinner guests in the middle of a hectic week. And although you want to impress them a bit, you don’t always have the time to be in the kitchen for a few hours.


raw salmon with mustard


And even if you would have the time, why should you? There’s no need, because this salmon dish is wonderful to serve, too easy for words and requires only salmon and a few ingredients from your pantry.

This meal is – literally – only minutes work, but nobody will believe that. The flavour of the salmon topping is so delicious and has both spicy and sweet elements. My guests have never guessed the right ingredients (and there are only two you’ll need!).



The secret is that the sugar in the topping will caramelize when you cook the fish. Combined with the spicy mustard, it’s a perfect match.

The only thing to remember is to prepare the salmon the last minute, just before you cook it. This dish will definitely become a favourite, whether you prepare it for that dinner party or for a quick weeknight meal. Because it’s good for every occasion.


salmon with a caramelized mustard crust

Caramelized Mustard Salmon

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Caramelized Mustard Salmon


4 salmon fillets (skinless, about 6 ounce each)
3 tablespoons mustard*
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
*I like to use course mustard or Dijon mustard


  1. Let the salmon come to room temperature and sprinkle the sugar on a plate.
  2. Just before cooking, brush the salmon with the mustard and dip the fillets (with the mustard-coated side) into the sugar.
  3. Cook them in a skillet with some olive oil on both sides for approx. 6-8 minutes.
  4. The salmon is done when it has a light pink colour, but is still darker pink on the inside. The coating will be brown and sticky.


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