I am not a salmon lover. In fact, I wouldn't even call myself a salmon liker. This bothers me a lot because most of the people I know like salmon, which makes me think that I must be missing something. I do eat it quite often on the pretense that the right recipe will make me a fan. I've had marginal success, one of which is this so-called "non-recipe" from the New York Times.
Salmon filets are topped with a mixture of brown sugar and Dijon mustard and roasted in the oven or air fryer. That’s why it’s called a non-recipe. Amounts aren’t even given. You make a mixture of Dijon mustard and brown sugar “to the degree of spicy-sweetness that pleases you.”
Salmon recipes with a brown sugar and mustard glaze are plentiful online. It’s a popular and tasty combination, but most of the recipes require more ingredients and effort. I say, why bother?
I started with an equal ratio of 1 Tbsp. each of brown sugar and Dijon mustard for two 6 oz. salmon fillets. That seemed just about right for me, but Champ said he'd like a bit less brown sugar next time because he preferred the piquant taste of the mustard.
The first time you make this, I suggest quantifying the NYT “recipe” as written below. It’s so easy that you’re likely to read it once and then wing it every time you roast your salmon afterwards.
2 (6-oz.) salmon fillets
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
Optional: sliced lemon wedges for serving
Oven directions: Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Salt and pepper the salmon fillets. Place them skin-side down on a lightly oiled, foil-lined baking sheet, lightly brush the tops with the mustard and brown sugar glaze and slide them into the top half of your oven. They ought to be done in 12 minutes.
Air fryer directions: Heat air fryer to 400 degrees. Lightly spray air fryer basket with olive oil. Salt and pepper the salmon fillets and lightly brush with the mustard and brown sugar mixture. I like to make a foil sling and use it to lower the salmon into the air fryer basket. It’s easier to remove after cooking. Air fry salmon for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked.
I like to serve this salmon with sliced lemon wedges for added citrus tang.