Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sweet Mustard Salmon

i have a confession. i get bored easily. there. i said it.

i tried p90x (the popular 90 day dvd workout) and was ridiculously bored by week 4. yes, there are a bunch of dvd's but by the time i had seen each one at least twice, i was bored to tears. i can't watch movies over and over again. hello, if i've already seen it, i know what happens. of course there are a couple of exceptions (how the grinch stole christmas, just friends, shawshank redemption) but for the most part, i will fall asleep if i have already seen the movie once.

perhaps my sensitivity to boredom is why i am always trying new recipes. as a personal chef, one of the questions i get asked most often is "what is your favorite thing to cook?" i have a hard time answering it because truth be told, i don't like the cook the same things over and over. there are recipes i love and will never tire of (crab cakes anyone?) but for the most part, i am always wanting to try something new. so, perhaps a good answer to that question is "a new recipe."

i am nuts about salmon. i love it so much i want to eat it all the time. pair my love of salmon with my tendency towards boredom and you will understand my need to constantly try new salmon recipes.  i try to make it once and week because it's good and good for you but am always looking for new ways to prepare it so i don't get bored to death with it. tonight, i found a winner. i will most definitely make this again. yes, this recipe will be my new favorite. that is until i try a new recipe, fall in love, and deem it my new favorite, but you get the idea.

i found the original recipe at i tend to sear or grill my salmon but baking it for just 10 minutes at 350 degrees F followed by a quick broil produced perfectly moist, tender, just-starting-to-flake fish. it was cooked to perfection. the flavor from the white wine and old bay was complimented by the brown sugar and mustard glaze and the combination made salmon practically melt in my mouth. it really tasted amazing. pairing it with a big green salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette made for a perfect summer meal.

Sweet Mustard Salmon
makes 2 servings
adapted from bon appetit

1 lb wild salmon
3/4 cup white wine
2 tbs unsalted butter
3/4 tsp old bay
pinch kosher salt
1 grind of pepper
3 tbs dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbs packed brown sugar

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

in a small saucepan, bring wine, butter, old bay, salt and pepper to a boil over medium heat. reduce to medium low and let simmer 4 minutes.

place 2 salmon filets on foil lined baking sheet. pour wine mixture over salmon and bake for 10 minutes.

mix together mustard and brown sugar. remove salmon from oven and spoon mustard mixture over salmon. broil on high for 1-2 minutes until mustard mixture starts to bubble. let cool slightly and serve.

i have known this man for 8 1/2 years. he is my best friend and favorite person on the planet. i am never bored when i'm with him. 7 years of marriage and i'm not tired of him yet :) i have a good feeling i never will be. i'm crazy about you babe!


  1. Wow! You make an awesome couple! And congratulations on 8 1/2 hrs. that is awesome!

  2. ahhh too cute post :)
    can't wait to try the salmon recipe too. looks amazing!


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