I'm always on the lookout for sauces to paint on salmon roasted over high heat—I love the way fish tastes with a caramelized exterior, and the process is one of the quickest, simplest dinners around. Soy sauce, sesame oil, and other Asian condiments are obvious choices, but I was drawn to this combination from Real Simple. Who knew maple syrup and mustard would work so well together?
While the sugar in the syrup caramelizes under high heat, the mustard presents a spicy undertone. If you use whole grain mustard, it gives the dish little pops of flavor that keep things interesting. I followed the recipe's instructions to pair it with roasted Brussels sprouts, simply tossed with salt and pepper to bring out their true sweetness.
Adapted from Real Simple.
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 4 salmon fillets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved through the root
- 1 large red onion, cut into wedges, stem ends left intact
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon wedges, for serving
Whisk together the maple syrup and mustard. Season both sides of the salmon fillets liberally with salt and pepper, then brush them with the maple-mustard mixture and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 450°F. In a large bowl, toss the sprouts and onion with the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper until well-coated. Spread them out on a baking sheet, cut side-down, and roast on the lower rack until caramelized and tender, 20-30 minutes.
When the sprouts are nearly done, arrange the fillets on an oven-proof dish and broil them, skin-side down, until the maple mixture is well-caramelized and the fish is just cooked through—7 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet.
Serve with the sprouts and lemon wedges.