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.

Salmon with Dijon Tarragon Sauce Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
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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



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.


Combine mayonnaise, dijon mustard, tarragon and sugar together in a bowl. Mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.


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.


Serve with remaining sauce on the side.



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    Linda Lind
    May 26, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Served this for dinner with guests this evening. It was a big hit! Thanks

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      May 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      you are so welcome! I’m happy to hear it!

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    April 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    This looks divine!!!

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    Modern Tom
    March 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

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

  • Reply
    March 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    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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    March 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    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! :)

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    March 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

    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?

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    March 16, 2012 at 5:05 am

    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!

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    March 15, 2012 at 11:27 am

    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.

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