Apricot-Mustard Glazed Salmon

apricot mustard glazed salmon

If you look through my recently DVR-ed shows, you’d notice that I have a slight (ok, major) obsession with Giada, the Pioneer Woman (aka Ree Drummond), and Ina Garten of the Food Network. I’ve learned a LOT from these three ladies, but one of my favorite cooking lessons came from Ree out on the ranch. I had seen some Pinterest claims that Ree had the secret for “perfectly cooked salmon” and since my salmon recipes always turned out hit-or-miss at best, I figured I had nothing to lose. The big secret (aka Ree’s method) is to put the salmon in a cold oven, crank up the heat to 400 degrees and let it cook for 25 minutes. The result is perfectly pink and flaky salmon! You can use the same cooking method no matter the seasoning or topping on the fish — it’s quick, super easy, and I’ll never make salmon any other way!

When it comes to salmon recipes, I’m guilty of making the same one over and over again…but that’s not necessarily a bad thing when the hubby asks if we’re having the “good salmon” for dinner (at least he likes it!). I decided to think outside the box on this one and it turned out absolutely delicious! The apricot preserves and Dijon mustard work together really well in this dish — each ingredient balances the other so that you end up with the perfect ratio of sweet to savory. I like mine on the sweeter side, but feel free to change up the ratio to your liking. This one will forever be on my “weeknight recipe” list!

Apricot-Mustard Glazed Salmon
Serves 2 people; Serving Size = 1/2 of recipe
383 calories|17g carbs|17g fat|41g protein|11g sugar|386g sodium
Ingredients:
1/2 to 3/4 of a pound of salmon fillets, cut into two pieces
1 Tb Dijon Mustard
3 Tb Apricot preserves (I used an all-fruit spread)
salt, pepper to taste

Instructions:
In a small prep bowl, mix together mustard and preserves until well-combined
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with olive oil/non-stick spray
Place salmon fillets skin-side down, a few inches apart
Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper
Spread apricot/mustard mixture on the tops of both salmon fillets to cover evenly
Place baking sheet in a cold oven, then turn oven on to 400 degrees
Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through

Recipe source: Lighten Up Recipes
Recipe method: Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes

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