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    Baked Sockeye Salmon

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is perfect for a quick and easy dinner, or company meal!

    It’s brushed with a honey mustard glaze that perfectly compliments the natural flavor of the fish, then baked in foil to keep the flesh moist, and for easy cleanup.

    But you better hurry, sockeye season doesn’t last long!

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is so easy and full of flavor, perfect for quick dinners but totally company worthy!

    In June and July, there’s one protein we always gravitate towards: wild Sockeye Salmon. Maybe it’s the fact that it is only available for those two months out of the year that make it so special!

    What is Sockeye Salmon?

    Sockeye salmon, also known as red salmon or blueback salmon, is a species of salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers that flow into it.

    They are well-known for their bright red bodies and green heads when spawning, and they are considered one of the most flavorful of the salmon species, often described as the most “salmon-like” in terms of flavor.

    The meat is a vibrant red, and unlike other salmon varieties holds its color well even after cooking.

    In terms of nutrition, sockeye salmon is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. However, it’s most notable for its content of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is so easy and full of flavor, perfect for quick dinners but totally company worthy!

    Why You’ll LOVE It

    1. Quick and Easy: It only takes around 20 minutes in the oven, making it a perfect choice for a fast weeknight meal.
    2. Flavorful Glaze: The honey mustard glaze caramelizes as the salmon bakes, creating a savory, sweet, and tangy taste that’s irresistible.
    3. Versatility: This recipe is easy to adapt. Feel free to add your favorite herbs and spices to the glaze or garnish.
    4. Minimal Clean-up: By wrapping the salmon in foil before baking, you’re saving yourself from a big cleaning job afterward.
    5. Perfect for Entertaining: The presentation of the glazed salmon straight from the oven is sure to impress your guests, making it ideal for dinner parties.
    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is so easy and full of flavor, perfect for quick dinners but totally company worthy!

    Ingredients

    • Sockeye Salmon Filet – The star of the show.
    • Brown Mustard – Adds a deep, tangy flavor to the honey glaze and balances the sweetness.
    • Honey – Natural sweetener that caramelizes during baking, enhancing the flavors.
    • Garlic – Freshly minced.
    • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed.
    • Smoked Paprika – Adds a subtle smokiness.
    • Salt – Always a must.
    • Pepper

    Easy Sockeye Salmon Recipe

    This baked Sockeye Salmon is about as easy as it gets.

    Start by quickly mixing together the ingredients for the honey mustard sauce in a bowl.

    Place a large piece of foil on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray, then lay the salmon filet in the middle of the foil.

    salmon filet on foil

    Then brush on honey mustard sauce.

    mustard sauce added on

    Wrap the foil around the salmon to seal it. If the foil is not big enough, use a second piece on top and fold over to seal the packet.

    Bake the salmon in an oven preheated to 350°F for 15 minutes. Check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer. If it has not reached 145°F, bake an additional 5 minutes uncovered. When the salmon is cooked, broil for a couple of minutes to caramelize the glaze.

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is so easy and full of flavor, perfect for quick dinners but totally company worthy!

    Recipe Tips and Notes

    1. Quality Matters: The key to a delicious salmon dish starts with the quality of the fish. Look for fresh sockeye salmon with a vibrant color and a fresh smell.
    2. Salmon Skin: It is not necessary to remove the skin of the salmon for this recipe. The meat easily separates from it after cooking.
    3. Checking Doneness: Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. The FDA recommends cooking salmon to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
    4. Resting Time: After removing the salmon from the oven, let it rest for a few minutes to let the juices redistribute.
    5. Adjust to Taste: Feel free to adjust the quantities of mustard and honey in the glaze to suit your taste. If you prefer a sweeter glaze, add more honey. If you like it tangier, add more mustard.
    6. Avoid Overcooking: Salmon, especially sockeye, can easily become dry if overcooked. Keep an eye on your fillet towards the end of the cooking time.
    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is so easy and full of flavor, perfect for quick dinners but totally company worthy!

    What to Serve with Sockeye Salmon

    This honey mustard Sockeye Salmon is very versatile, and can go with a variety of side dishes. Here are some of our favorite sides.

    Starchy sides: Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes, Israeli Couscous, Bubble and Squeak, Sweet Potato Fries, Grits, Rice Casserole or Saffron Rice.

    Vegetable sides: Roasted Asparagus or Broccoli, Grilled Zucchini, Creamed Spinach, Green Beans Almondine or Squash Casserole.

    Salads: Caesar Salad, Tabbouleh, Greek Salad or Spanish Pipirrana.

    Need more ideas? Check out our roundup of the best Sides for Salmon!

    Leftovers and Storage

    Leftover Sockeye Salmon can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

    To freeze, let cool completely, then place in a freezer safe zip top bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing to avoid freezer burn.

    Thaw overnight in the fridge, then reheat in the microwave.

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is so easy and full of flavor, perfect for quick dinners but totally company worthy!

    Whenever June rolls around, and through late-July, grab a slab or two of Sockeye Salmon. If you’ve never tried this salmon variety before, you’re in for a real treat!

    Make sure to save or pin this recipe so you always know where to find it. And don’t forget to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new recipes for you!

    Baked Sockeye Salmon, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    serving of sockeye salmon on the Gypsy Plate

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    Baked Sockeye Salmon

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    This easy Baked Sockeye Salmon recipe is so easy and full of flavor, perfect for quick dinners but totally company worthy!

    Ingredients

    • 1 sockeye salmon filet (about 1.5 pounds)
    • 4 Tbsp brown mustard
    • 3 Tbsp honey
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1.5 Tbsp lemon juice
    • ¾ tsp smoked paprika
    • ¾ tsp salt
    • ¼ tsp pepper

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Mix together the ingredients for the honey mustard sauce (brown mustard, honey, garlic cloves, lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt, pepper) in a bowl.
    3. Place a large piece of foil on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Lay the salmon filet in the middle of the foil, then brush on honey mustard sauce.
    4. Wrap the foil around the salmon to seal it. If the foil is not big enough, use a second piece on top and fold over to seal the packet.
    5. Bake the salmon preheated oven for 15 minutes. Check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer. If it has not reached 145°F, bake an additional 5 minutes uncovered.
    6. When the salmon is almost completely cooked, broil for a couple of minutes to caramelize the glaze.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 329Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 104mgSodium 767mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 46g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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