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Salmon in a Mustard Seed Crust

Salmon in a Mustard Seed Crust 8.000
Jun 22, 2011

This makes a lovely presentation when served as a whole fillet. Figure that single portions will be cut crosswise into slices that are about 3 ounches each.

For alternate grilling directions, see the NOTE below.

Servings: 8
  • One (1 1/2 pounds) skin-on salmon fillet, pinbones removed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup mustard seed
  • 1/2 bunch (3/4 ounce) fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Position the top oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiling element; preheat the broiler. Have a roasting pan at hand, or line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Lay the fillet flesh side up on the pan or baking sheet. Season liberally with salt and pepper, then coat evenly with the mustard seed. Spread the dill evenly over the seasoning, then evenly scatter the onion over the dill. Drizzle with the oil.

Broil for 8 to 10 minutes; the onions will be crisped and browned. If the fillet has a thinner end, check it for doneness; cut off and transfer to a plate as needed. If the remaining fillet is not quite done, reduce the temperature to 400 degrees; roast the salmon for 3 or 4 minutes or just until it is opaque and cooked through, being careful not to overcook it.

Serve portions straight from the pan or baking sheet; or cool and divide into portions to be cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

NOTE: To grill the salmon, prepare the grill for direct heat. If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-high (450 degrees). If using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal or wood briquettes; when the briquettes are ready, distribute them under the cooking area. For a medium-hot fire, you should be able to hold your hand about 6 inches above the coals for about 4 or 5 seconds. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames. Lightly coat the grill rack with oil. Have a large baking sheet at hand.

Lay the oiled rack on top of the flesh side of the fish, pressing it to hold the onion, dill and seasonings in place. Quickly flip the rack over, positioning it on the grill so the skin side faces up. Cover with the grill lid and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the fish is opaque and just cooked through.

Use tongs or grill mitts to transfer the grill rack (with the fish on it) to the baking sheet. Gently remove and discard the skin. Invert a plate over the fillet, then carefully invert the grill rack so the fish lands on the plate.

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Adapted by Washington nutritionist Katherine Tallmadge from a Patrick O'Connell recipe; excerpted from "Diet Simple" (LifeLine Press, 2011).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 240

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 15g 23%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 50mg 17%

Sodium: 80mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 3g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 19g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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