Thursday 28 May 2009

Recipe - Honey and Mustard marinated Salmon served with Mikey's Swedish Pickled Cucumbers and New Potatoes

This is a really quick dish to make. Well, at least if you disregard the time you spend marinating the salmon and the cucumber. ;)

The cucumber can easily be prepared the night before, I'd actually go as far as saying that you should prepare it the night before. Just to make sure to get the flavour to bite properly. As you see I haven't given any set proportions for the marinade - it's a bit of trial and error really. It all depends on your personal preferences - freestyle it until you're happy with the taste.

The pickled cucumbers reminds me of dinners from when I was a kid, as do the salmon. There is something about the mix of the sweet honey and the sharp mustard that makes it very Swedish to me. Cooking the salmon this way really keeps it nice and moist.

Time for the recipe...

Ingredients (serves 4)
Mikey's Swedish Pickled Cucumbers
Cucumber, sliced very thinly (use a mandoline if you got one)
1 part white wine vinegar
2 - 3 parts water
A couple of good pinches of salt

Honey and Mustard Salmon
4 salmon fillets, skin on
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp runny honey

Mikey's Swedish Pickled Cucumbers
Put the cucumbers in a non-reactive bowl and add the other ingredients. Cover and put in the fridge for at least a couple of hours, preferably over night. Remove from the fridge before serving, drain the liquid and allow the cucumbers to reach room temperature. Taste the cucumbers, if you think they are too sharp - put them into a colander and run some fresh water over them to rinse off some of the vinegar.

Honey and Mustard Salmon
Add all the ingredients for the marinade to shallow dish, mixing it well. Pop in the salmon fillets, making sure to dip them well in the marinade to cover them. Leave the fillets skin side up, cover the dish and put it into the fridge for at least 2 - 3 hours.

When it's time to cook, pre-heat the oven to 200c.

Take out the fillets from the marinade and put them on a lightly oiled baking sheet, skin side down, and put into the oven for 12 minutes. Take the fillets out of the oven and sprinkle with some flakes of sea salt.

Serve with cucumber slices and boiled new potatoes.



  1. Sounds gorgeous! Love the idea of the salmon with mustard and honey, explosion of flavours!

  2. I adore salmon like this! Love pickled cucumber salad too! Great summer flavors, Mike!

  3. Ruth: Glad you like it. I hope you'll try it soon.

    JennDZ: Many thanks! The flavours go very nice together. The salmon is the sweet bit that gets a nice contrast from the sour cucumber.

  4. Det är mycket gurka just nu ;)Laxen låter verkligen mycket god, den vill jag pröva!

  5. Annika,

    Gurka ar bra! ;)

    Laxen blir verkligen god pa det har sattet. Ganska sot smak, men gurkan ger dig lite surhet. Ganska hyfsad kombination.

    // Mike


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