Feb 14, 2009

Gettin' Toasted Recipe Results: Mustard Crusted Salmon Fillet

Welcome to my test kitchen! Last Saturday, I posted about chef Eric Ripert’s new-ish website called Avec Eric, featuring some recipes using none other than a toaster oven! I thought it was pretty ingenious considering that is an appliance that sits around on a lot of countertops not being used to its full capacity.

Chef Eric is calling this video series ‘Get Toasted’ and you can find the link on the right side bar of his website. I’ve decided to try one of his recipes each week and post my results on Saturdays. I hope you’ll join me in my culinary adventures and even try them yourself. They’re very simple yet yummy-sounding dishes. Keep in mind these recipes are for 1 or 2 servings, so adjust the recipe according to your needs. So, here we go with the first recipe.

I chose the Mustard Crusted Salmon first because it was such a simple recipe and I love salmon. It’s very good for people with high blood pressure and that’s me! I prepared the fish with a few minor changes. I used regular black pepper and since I couldn't find crème fraiche in my supermarket, I used sour cream. I did use Japanese Panko breadcrumbs and they were fantastic. Much crispier than regular bread crumbs.

I cooked the fish about 7 - 8 minutes and it came out perfectly cooked. I’m not a big fan of Dijon mustard, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the flavor of it with the fish. The sauce on the side was a nice compliment as well. While my fish cooked, I quickly stir-fried some Asian veggies and made some rice pilaf. It was a perfectly light, tasty meal. I’ve included the recipe below for your convenience.

I’m anxious to try more recipes from this series. It’s perfect for people who live alone or even for 2 people. If you decide to try this recipe, please let me know how you liked it. I know I’ll definitely be making it again and again. Next week, I’ll be making the Herb Roasted Chicken Tenders. So come back next Saturday for my results!

Mustard Crusted Salmon Fillet

1 6 oz. Salmon fillet
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp bread crumbs
1 tsp chives
2 tbsp crème fraiche (or sour cream)
½ lemon

1. Heat toaster oven to broil. Line a toaster oven tray with foil.
2. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and spread the Dijon mustard on top. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the mustard and bake for about 5-6 minutes until the salmon just becomes opaque and the crust is toasted.
3. While the salmon is cooking, stir together the chives, crème fraiche and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Serve salmon with lemon-chive crème fraiche.


  1. That looks pretty!! I'm not a big fan of salmon but I can't wait until you do the chicken next week!

  2. I bet if I liked salmon, I'd like this recipe!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  3. I tried this recipe for my New Year's dinner. I've never once successfully prepared salmon until now. This is really delicious!! I highly recommend and it's very easy to prepare!!


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