Salmon with Dijon Tarragon Sauce


Salmon with Dijon Tarragon Sauce

Sorry about the lack of a post last week folks, we hightailed it out of Seattle and found ourselves basking in the sunshine in the Sun Valley while we enjoyed some Mariners baseball. We were only there for a few days but it was enough to make me long for the warm days of summer. But alas, the Seattle weather gods have a different plan and it is currently 40 degrees and rainy. So in the meantime I’ll have to eat dishes that have a summery flare to them like this fresh salmon with tangy dijon tarragon sauce.

I have mentioned before that I can’t have dairy at the moment because it seems to bother Kellan so salmon and butter is out. However, butter isn’t the only thing that goes well with salmon. Mustard is also a tasty addition. As is, if you can believe it, mayonnaise. This sauce combines both of those with the fresh flavor of tarragon. Trust me when I say a little of tarragon goes a long way, it’s pretty strong but if you use just the right amount it’s delicious.

  • Serves 4
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  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of granulated sugar
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 4 salmon filets


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine mayonnaise, dijon mustard, tarragon and sugar together in a bowl. Mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Place salmon on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon a dollop of sauce over the top. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes. Fish is done when it flakes easily.
  5. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.


  • StephenC

    To be honest, 2 Tbs tarragon sounds like it could be too much. Peter doesn’t like it and the last time I used it I think I overdid it. I like your salmon and sauce and may try to sneak some of it by him very soon.

  • Jenn’s Food Journey

    I love this sauce… I bet it would go well with just about any piece of fish.. heck, even chicken! I do love sauces.. to me, the salmon is the added bonus here!! lol Looks fantastic, Des!

  • Mark

    Sounds great, we’re going to try it tonight. I have a question though. The ingredient lists lemon juice but I don’t see it mentioned in the instructions. Is it to be added to the sauce?

  • Deseree

    Thanks for catching this Mark! I realize that you probably already made it but yes you add the lemon juice to the sauce in step 3. I’ll adjust the recipe now. I hope you enjoyed it! :)

  • Trystan

    Hope you don’t mind that I shared this recipe on my blog!! I linked it back to you of course, it was just too good not to share!

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  • Modern Tom

    These two tastes might be a little strong for my liking but it looks like a great recipe for my old lady!

  • Emily

    This looks divine!!!

A little bit about me...

My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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