Anti-Inflammatory Honey-Mustard Herbed Salmon Recipe

Honey-Mustard Herbed Samon
Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD & Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Total Time: 13 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Servings: 2

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

239 calories
11g fat
3g carbs
31g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 239
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 3g Added Sugars 6%
Protein 31g  
Vitamin D 16mcg 80%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 512mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Salmon is a potent source of omega 3-fats, which help fight inflammation and also help keep all the cells in your body healthy. High intake of these fats may even be able to extend your life up to five years, according to research.

The flavorful honey-mustard sauce is packed with antioxidants, increasing the anti-inflammatory power of your meal. The herbs also allow the use of a smaller amount of honey but with maximum flavor impact. Meaning, you get that honey mustard flavor without too much sugar.


  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. tarragon (fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme (dried)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 10 oz. salmon filets (skin-on; 2, 5 oz. filets)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

  3. Whisk together all ingredients except salmon.

  4. Spread mustard mixture evenly over each piece of salmon.

  5. Bake, skin-side down, until salmon flakes apart, about 8 minutes.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Swap in maple syrup in place of honey for a maple-mustard variation. The calorie count will vary by only a few calories.

Try the honey mustard sauce on chicken or, for a vegetarian option, use it to flavor up tofu or tempeh.

Try a pre-mixed, salt-free Italian seasoning in place of the tarragon, oregano, and thyme to save time.

Note that you can also grill the salmon if you have a grill handy.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Serve this salmon with a side of baked sweet potato fries and sautéed spinach for a balanced meal.
  • You can also use this salmon as part of a green salad, with chopped walnuts and arugula.
  • To get ahead on meal prep, prepare the salmon filets and freeze with sauce. Then thaw and bake when needed.

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By Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD & Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh are both registered dietitian-nutritionists with master's degrees in nutrition communications.