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Mom’s Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon with Aioli

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  • 1 whole fresh salmon fillet
  • Lemon pepper seasoning to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Crostini, for serving


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Take the whole salmon fillet and lay it out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
  3. Generously sprinkle the salmon with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder, ensuring an even coating for maximum flavor.
  4. Place the salmon in the preheated oven and bake until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C), which should take about 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillet.
  5. While the salmon is baking, prepare the honey mustard glaze by combining the whole grain mustard and honey in a small bowl. Mix well until fully incorporated.
  6. In a separate bowl, create the aioli by mixing together the mayonnaise, chopped chives, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth.
  7. Once the salmon is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly to a safe handling temperature.
  8. When the salmon has cooled, pour the honey mustard glaze over the salmon, spreading it evenly to cover the surface.
  9. Place the glazed salmon on a serving dish. It can be served whole at the table or pre-sliced for convenience.
  10. Serve the salmon with the lemon chive aioli on the side for guests to add to their portion as desired.
  11. Accompany with crostini for a satisfying crunch and a complementary texture to the soft, flaky salmon.
  • Author: Lucas Krammes
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