I don’t think there’s a better weeknight protein than salmon. Healthy, tasty, and easy, plus it makes great leftovers in a salad. I prefer to buy a side of salmon, as it’s usually a good bit cheaper and grills (or bakes) nicely, especially if you’re a fan of crispy salmon skin. Pair with a simple salad or grilled veggies (Brussels sprouts and broccoli work great with this mustard forward sauce) and crush your weeknight meal.
1 side of salmon, 2-3 pounds, skin on
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh dill
2 tablespoons capers in brine
2 teaspoons caper brine
1/4 cup olive oil
Turn grill to medium high heat or oven to 400 deg F.
Combine juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons, mustard, dill, capers, and brine. Slowly whisk in olive oil to emulsify. Season with pepper and a light amount of salt.
Cut remaining half lemon into small slices.
Inspect salmon for pin bones**
Tear sheet of aluminum foil big enough for the salmon, plus a few inches. Lightly oil and place salmon on foil, skin down. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Top with lemon slices.
Baking: Bake salmon for 20-25 minutes or until opaque, flaky, and at your desired doneness.***
Grilling: Place salmon on direct medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from direct heat, either onto an upper rack or non direct heat side of a grill. Finish cooking until opaque, flaky, and at your desired doneness.***
Remove from heat, let rest for a few minutes. Serve warm, topped with caper dill sauce.
*Any light vinegar would work here too, but lemons and salmon are such a perfect pair
**Don’t skip this step. Most places do a really nice job, but one can sneak through.
***The USDA says salmon should be cooked to 145 deg F. A lot of people enjoy it medium rare at 125 deg F. The beauty of a side of salmon is the tail will be well when the head is more on the rare side (which is what I tend to prefer)