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This honey mustard salmon recipe is a fantastic weeknight meal! It’s a quick skillet salmon recipe that uses simple ingredients, and your picky eaters will love it.

Try my Easy Honey Mustard Chicken or Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin next.

a cast iron skillet with four pieces of salmon in sauce with lemon wedges

Why you’ll love it

This might be my favorite way to jazz up salmon. The key to making the best honey mustard sauce is the proportions, and we’ve got it nailed here. Pair that gorgeous sauce with golden pan-seared salmon, and it’s the ultimate 30-minute weeknight meal!

There are a lot of recipes out there for baked honey mustard salmon, but I think it’s better as a skillet recipe. You can perfectly control the temperature and sear so that the salmon is flaky, never overcooked, and always tender. You just can’t do that with oven recipes!

What you’ll need

  • Salmon – we’re cutting a good-quality salmon filet into four pieces
  • Garlic powder – infuses savory flavor right into the salmon
  • Flour – for dredging to get a nice crust and also thickening the sauce
  • Olive oil & butter – for pan frying the salmon
  • Chicken broth – it enhances the flavor of the sauce even more
  • Mustard – we’re using both Dijon mustard and grainy mustard for the ideal combo of taste and texture!
  • Honey – just the right amount to balance out the mustard
  • Parsley – a little bit of parsley gives a great pop of freshness
ingredients for honey mustard salmon in small bowls on a marble surface

How to make honey mustard salmon

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

pan searing salmon in a cast iron skillet and starting honey mustard sauce

Cut the salmon into four pieces and coat with garlic powder and flour, shaking off any excess. Add oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, and sear until golden. Transfer to a plate. Add the rest of the butter to the skillet along with the flour, and cook for a minute.

finishing making honey mustard sauce and adding salmon back into the skillet

Whisk in the chicken broth and then the Dijon, grainy mustard, and honey until dissolved. Return the salmon to the skillet and simmer until cooked through. Season with salt & pepper, sprinkle with parsley, and enjoy!

Helpful tips

  • It goes without saying that this sauce is fairly sweet, but you can definitely reduce the honey a bit if you want it less sweet. Just keep in mind that the honey balances some of the sharpness from the Dijon mustard!
  • I recommend serving this dish with lemon wedges, particularly if you’re not as big a fan of sweet/savory combos.
  • Watch the color change as the salmon is cooking. It’ll go from a deeper pink to a lighter pink. Keep a close eye on it to guide you! Salmon can go from perfect to overcooked very quickly.

Substitutions and variations

  • You can switch up the kinds of mustard you use, but be sure to taste test to get the sauce just right!
  • If you need this recipe to be gluten free, skip the flour and add a cornstarch slurry at the end, but be sure to check to ensure all other ingredients you use are in fact gluten free.

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What to serve with this salmon

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Warm the salmon over a low heat in a saucepan. If you re-warm it over too high of a heat, the fish may dry out. You could microwave it on a lower setting as well, but it’s not my go-to reheating method.
  • One of my top tips for leftover salmon is using it (cold) in a green salad the next day!
  • I don’t recommend freezing this salmon.
a plate with honey mustard salmon, mashed potatoes, and green beans

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a cast iron skillet with four pieces of salmon in sauce with lemon wedges
5 from 6 votes

Honey Mustard Salmon

This honey mustard salmon recipe is a fantastic weeknight meal! It's a quick skillet salmon recipe that uses simple ingredients, and your picky eaters will love it.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound fresh salmon cut into 4 pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour for dredging + 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • Lemon wedges for serving optional


  • Cut the salmon into 4 equal pieces and sprinkle with salt & pepper, the garlic powder, and then coat each piece in flour and shake off any excess.
  • Add the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Let the pan heat up for a few minutes.
  • Add the salmon to the skillet and sear for 3-4 minutes/side until golden (do not overcook – the salmon will finish cooking in the sauce). If using skin-on salmon, start with skin side down. If the salmon is a lot thicker than 1", sear it for slightly longer. Transfer the salmon to a plate.
  • Add the remaining butter to the pan and let it melt, then sprinkle the flour in. Let it cook for about a minute (stir it a couple times).
  • Whisk the chicken broth in until smooth, then add in the mustards and honey and continue whisking until they've dissolved in the sauce.
  • Add the salmon back to the pan, and let it cook for another few minutes until cooked through and the sauce has thickened up a bit. You may need to turn the heat down. Season with extra salt & pepper as needed and serve with the fresh parsley sprinkled over top. I love to serve this dish with lemon wedges to balance the sweetness (and lemon and salmon go so well together).
    The sauce is quite sweet (as you'd expect from honey mustard). If you would prefer it to be a bit less sweet, reduce the honey to 1.5 tbsp. Keep in mind it balances the sharpness of the Dijon, so you don't want to reduce it too much without adjusting other ingredients.


  • You can definitely change up the mustards if you wish. You may need to do a little experimenting to get the sweetness ratio right, however.
  • Use salmon with or without skin. If you prefer not to eat the skin, simply peel it off after the searing step (it’s deliciously crispy to start with but does soften up in the sauce).


Calories: 328kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 469mg, Potassium: 641mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 401IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Amber says:

    5 stars
    This has become an obsession in my house. Absolutely love this recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that!! 😀 Thanks, Amber!

  2. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Turned out great!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Sarah!

  3. Tina says:

    5 stars
    Delish and easy recipes! The whole family loved it!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thrilled to hear it!

  4. Jody says:

    5 stars
    Looks Amazing!

  5. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was excellent. Thank you.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome!! Glad you enjoyed it, Melissa. Thanks for your review! 🙂

  6. Maria says:

    5 stars
    Made it tonight and it was quick, easy, and delicious! I served the sauce on the side and have leftovers for tomorrow. I bought two 1/2 lb salmon filets, so they were on the thinner side, I could have done 2 minutes on each side instead of 3, but they weren’t overcooked or dry.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad it was a hit, Maria!! 🙂 Thanks for your 5-star review!