French Salmon Recipe

This French Salmon recipe is a quick and simple dinner, easy to make with complex flavors in each bite. Flaky salmon topped with a sauce made from white wine, Dijon mustard, and French herbs, and spices. 

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this salmon is great for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough to serve to guests. I like serving this salmon with sauteed green beans, roasted baby potatoes, and a simple green salad.

French salmon recipe with lemon mustard white wine and french herbs and spices

This easy salmon recipe is a modern twist on French cuisine with fresh herbs, spices, and a simple mustard lemon sauce. We enjoyed lots of seafood when we visited France a few years ago, and the spice rub and sauce for this salmon recipe inspired me to make this easy salmon recipe.

Start by mixing together a quick rub with Dijon mustard, white wine, French herbs, and salt & pepper. Coat the salmon, and bake or pan fry until the salmon is perfectly cooked. Top with fresh lemon and a melted butter sauce, and serve with your favorite veggies!

This French Salmon Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Lemony
  • Herby
  • Easy to Make
  • Ready in Under 30 Minutes
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Modern Seafood Recipes For Anytime of Year

This great modern French spiced salmon recipe is a fun twist on seafood with French spices and lemon. It’s an easy recipe to make any time of year using fresh or frozen salmon filets. 

Seafood is a great option for dinners as it’s high in protein and goes with many different side dishes! Browse all our modern fish and seafood recipes to find your next favorite.

Ingredients for this French Herb Crusted Salmon

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  • Salmon Fillets – you can use fresh or frozen. I prefer coho or sockeye salmon when I can find it. If you can find whole salmon steaks, those are great, just divide them up before cooking.
  • Herbs de Provence: my favorite spice blend! This French blend has a mix of rosemary, thyme, sage, and savory for a wonderful and complex flavor.
  • White Wine – I like a sauvignon blanc with this salmon.
  • Unsalted Butter – for a little butter sauce to top. You could use brown butter too if you’re extra fancy. Or you can substitute a little olive oil instead.
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Dijon Mustard – for a really nice flavor and texture, this Dijon is a favorite in our pantry. Use a good quality mustard, not yellow prepared mustard.
  • Black Pepper
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – or lemon zest
  • Fresh Parsley to garnish, or fresh chives.

What to Serve with this Salmon

I love a simple salad with French lentils and baby greens to start. You can also roast fingerling potatoes.

Or steamed haricot vert green beans.

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How To Make This French Salmon Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Check fish to ensure that all bones or scales are removed from the fish before cooking. Pat with paper towels to dry.
  2. Place salmon fillets skin side down on a baking sheet or oven-safe cast iron skillet. 
  3. In a small bowl, add the Dijon mustard, garlic, white wine, Herbs de Provence, and black pepper. Mix well to combine, and coat the tops of the salmon evenly.
  4. Bake salmon at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Salmon should be opaque pink and the top should become golden brown, with crispy skin on the bottom.
  5. Top with fresh parsley, lemon, and melted butter over each piece of salmon.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Modern Dinner Ideas You’ll Love

While fish recipes have been a part of French cooking for many years, adding salmon with this simple sauce rub to this recipe a great one to bring into our modern kitchen. It’s filling, hearty, and is made with simple, everyday ingredients. 

You can cook this in any pan (although I love using a cast iron skillet), and doesn’t require any fancy equipment to make.  This easy salmon recipe is a great cozy dinner you can make all year long.

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French salmon recipe with lemon mustard white wine and french herbs and spices

French Salmon

Kelly Jensen
This French inspired salmon recipe is a quick and simple dinner, easy to make with complex flavors in each bite. Flaky salmon topped with a sauce made from white wine, Dijon mustard, and French herbs, and spices.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, French
Servings 4 servings
Calories 253 kcal

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Pan
  • Or Baking Sheet
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet skin-side down (be sure that all bones or scales are removed from the fish before cooking). In a small bowl, add the Dijon mustard, garlic, white wine, Herbs de Provence, and black pepper. Mix well to combine, and coat the tops of the salmon.
  • Bake salmon at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Top with fresh parsley and lemon wedges to garnish.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 34gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 200mgPotassium: 868mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg
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