Fatty fish like salmon and trout are high in Vitamin D and essential Omega 3’s making them a great addition to any diet. Many beginner cooks might be nervous about preparing an expensive piece of fish but the salmon recipe below is surprisingly easy! If you’re concerned about under or over cooking your salmon consider purchasing a digital meat thermometer to take the guess work out of preparing the fish.


Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yields 2 servings

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2 fresh salmon filets, skin on, about 6 oz each

3 TBSP spicy brown mustard

Juice of 1 lemon plus 1 TBSP zest

Salt and Pepper to taste



  1. Pre-heat griddle over burner at medium heat. Brush with olive oil.

  2. In a small bowl mix together mustard, lemon juice and zest. Set aside.

  3. Check griddle temperature by splashing with a few drops of water – if the water sputters and dances, your pan is ready.

  4. Place salmon skin side down on the griddle and brush with about half the lemon Dijon mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired. Cover pan with tin foil and cook until skin begins to crisp – about 10 minutes.  

  5. Brush salmon with remaining lemon Dijon mix, flip, cover, and finish until salmon is cooked through or probe thermometer reads 145 degrees – about 7 minutes.


  • Although this recipe is named “Dijon Salmon,” the more pungent taste of spicy brown mustard – also called deli mustard – adds a richer flavor to the fish than traditional Dijon. Give it a try and see which you prefer. 

  • I love using my cast iron grill pan for this salmon. It gets the skin nice and crispy and adds those appealing grill marks to the fish. But no worries if you don’t have a griddle! You can substitute a regular kitchen skillet and still get excellent results.