I would say one of my favourite helpers in the kitchen in terms of kitchen tools is most definitely the oven. It is a no fuss way of cooking and it helps create easy weeknight meals. You just pop whatever it is you're cooking and let the oven do the work. I came up with this recipe when I just didn't feel like putting too much effort into dinner but I still wanted to put out a delicious product in the end. The baked salmon turned out to be really juicy and really flavourful because of the nice layer of dijon mustard on top. Have a little piece of warm baguette on the side and you have an easy weeknight meal. This is a good one.

Serves 2

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Baking time: 20-23 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bundle of asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 fresh salmon fillets
  • 1-2 tbsp of dijon mustard or grainy dijon mustard
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (use more if needed)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • warm baguette slices (optional when serving)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent any sticking. Take the trimmed asparagus and place them on the baking sheet, place the fresh salmon fillets on top of the asparagus.

2. Brush the salmon with the dijon mustard. Use grainy mustard if you like a more mild mustard flavour. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Squeeze a juice of half a lemon on top of the fish, then drizzle 2-3 tbsp of olive oil over the fish and the asparagus. Make sure to season the asparagus as well.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and the fresh chopped parsley, then sprinkle it over the fish, and lightly pat it on top to make sure it sticks. Place it into the oven and bake it for a good 20-25 minutes, making sure not to over cook the salmon. The fish should just start to flake when you're finished. Serve it warm with slices of baguette.

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