Salmon with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Thursday, April 22, 2010
A light supper: Mustard-roasted Salmon, Turnip Gratin, Wheat berry Salad

A light supper: Mustard-roasted Salmon, Turnip Gratin, Wheat berry Salad

Have you ever played the Barefoot Contessa drinking game? One drink for every time she asks, “How easy is that?”, two for each time she mentions Jeffrey (that lucky dog), social for any time she implores you to use only “really good (insert expensive ingredient here)”. It’s a fabulous game.

By the end, you are tipsy as a Hamptons housewife at a clam bake. You are also starving from all the delectable dishes taunting you on the screen. And, you may or may not be sporting a sweater draped over your shoulders at this stage in the game.

Oh, Ina, I joke because I love. (And because I am secretly envious of your BMW convertible, Pottery Barn kitchen, and herb garden the size of my apartment.)

In all seriousness, I do adore many of the Barefoot Contessa’s recipes. They are classic dishes that any domestic-goddess-in-training needs to know, wholesome home-cooking with a French slant. Things like roast chicken and brownies from scratch…or roasted fish in a creamy mustard sauce.

This is one of my favorite Ina recipes. It is a staple in my weeknight dinner rotation because it is incredibly easy to make, ready in 15 minutes, full of flavor, and healthy. I’ve made some adaptations to her original recipe, swapping out red snapper for salmon, and substituting yogurt in place of crème fraiche. I prefer salmon because I think the flavor works well with the creaminess of the yogurt and the tang of the mustard and capers. I choose yogurt over crème fraiche because it has all the flavor you need without the fat, it’s much cheaper, plus I always have some yogurt in my fridge.

Turnip slice

Turnip slice

For this particular weeknight supper (I feel like Ina would have called it “supper”), I served the salmon with a side of turnip gratin and a lovely salad of wheat berries, kale, and cranberries from Whole Foods. Dare I say, I think the Contessa would have approved.

Salmon with Creamy Mustard Sauce
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, “Mustard-Roasted Fish” (2008)

Serves: 4

4 (8-ounce) salmon fillets
½ cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
2 teaspoons capers, rinsed
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped dill for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Line a sheet pan or baking dish with parchment paper. Place the fish fillets skin side down on the sheet pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
3. Combine the yogurt, mustards, and capers in a small bowl. Spoon the sauce evenly over the fish fillets, making sure the fish is completely covered.
4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it’s barely done. You can tell the fish is done if it flakes away easily when prodded with the tines of a fork.

Print Recipe

Stumble It!
Posted by Stephanie at 8:23 pm

18 Responses to “Salmon with Creamy Mustard Sauce”

  1. Becky says:

    lol on the “how easy is that”. She does say that a lot lol. I love her too. To me, she’s calming to watch.

  2. Great combination!!!! You make seem easy. =)

  3. Mark says:

    Made this last night for my roommates. Delicious!

  4. sydney says:

    Yummmm! Love salmon and dill. Such a perfect combo. Also salmon with a little asian rice wine vinegar is glorious. And Ina does have the life. How amazing is her house in S Hampton? She is sooo utterly relaxing to watch! Ahh why do we not have these cooking shows in Europe?!

  5. Lauren E. says:

    Oh my gosh, GORGEOUS. What a great meal idea for date night. I love your side suggestions, too.

  6. cleawalford says:

    I’ve tried your Salmon with Creamy Mustard Sauce yesterday & we loooooved it!

  7. Tried the recipe and it was delicious! GlocallyNewark is a fan of all kinds of foods, we enjoy reading your blogs. Our blogger, Quade is always up to trying new restaurants and foods around the local area. Read about some of his favorites!

  8. Ina Garten has by far the best most fail proof recipes. This meal looks great! Have you tried her oven roasted salmon over warm lentils?

  9. This recipe and pic looks delicious! I am always looking for ways to take salmon and chicken up a notch. Leave it to the Barefoot Contessa to leave us with this stellar find of a recipe. I can’t wait to try this, even possibly grill it on the bbq.

    Feel free to check out my likes and dislikes on NY cuisine at

  10. devilova says:

    Want to try it at home ASAP.Thanks for the tips!!

  11. Cindy says:

    I am making this tomorrow. My husband loves Salmon and I have no doubt he will enjoy this dish. It looks quite easy to prepare. thanks

  12. Segur says:

    This also works well on the grill. Grill salmon skin side up for ca. 3-3.5 minutes (for a fairly thick fillet), flip, add mustard sauce while on the grill, and cook for an additional 3-3.5 minutes. Serve with small potatoes covered with small pieces of bacon and more mustard sauce. Drink with an off-dry (halbtrocken) Riesling.

  13. [...] (two words: font. love.), I promptly bookmarked this recipe. Perfect for chilly evenings ahead.Salmon with Creamy Mustard Sauce. This is the kind of recipe I keep in my back pocket for busy weeknights. Literally takes all of 15 [...]

  14. [...] was eating a salad for dinner. And, I already can’t wait to make it again to go with my favorite Creamy Mustard Salmon. Now that’s a perfect weeknight meal right [...]

Leave a Reply