The Secret Ingredient (Honey): Creamy Honey Mustard for Seafood

[Photographs: Kerry Saretsky]

The ultimate Florida-inspired honey-mustard sauce for seafood. Perfect cold for dipping crab claws and shrimp, or hot, spooned over chargrilled salmon.

About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way. She also writes the French in a Flash series for Serious Eats.

The Secret Ingredient (Honey): Creamy Honey Mustard for Seafood

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 4 servings
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup crème fraiche
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspooons honey
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • A drizzle olive oil
  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets


  1. 1

    In a bowl, mix together the crème fraiche, honey, and mustards. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  2. 2

    Serve the sauce with poached shrimp instead of cocktail sauce, or with crab claws, poached lobster, fried oysters or clams. Another alternative is hot grilled, seared, or roasted fish. For the parsley salmon, preheat the oven to 475° F. Toss the parsley with a drizzle of olive oil. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Crust the tops of the salmon with parsley, and then place a layer of foil over the salmon, and weigh it down with a heavy pot for 10 minutes. Drizzle a rimmed baking sheet with a touch of olive oil, and place the salmon, without the foil, in the oven for about 10 minutes. Pour the mustard sauce over the top and serve hot, or serve room temperature with the sauce on the side.

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