Roasted Salmon and Green Beans with Lemony Mustard Sauce
By Catherine Newman
Makes: 4 servings
Total carbohydrates: 9 grams per serving
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
This is so ridiculously easy that you’ll feel like you’re getting away with something while you’re making it. And then, when you sit down to dinner, you’ll feel like you’re eating at a restaurant. A good restaurant, even. Just take care to err on the side of undercooking the salmon, since you can always pop it in for another minute or two, but the delight of the recipe really rests on perfectly cooked fish: silky and succulent and still a tiny bit rosy in the center. The mustard sauce is so easy and good that you might consider doubling it, since leftovers would make a great accompaniment to chicken or pork on some other evening. (In fact, you could definitely squeeze another couple salmon pieces onto the sheet pan. Cold salmon with mustard sauce is a lunch to brighten up even the dullest work day.)
1 pound green beans, stem ends snapped off
5 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt (or table salt)
1 pound fresh center-cut salmon fillet, cut into four pieces
The grated zest of 1 small lemon and 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed juice
1 tablespoon coarse, grainy Dijon mustard (or plain Dijon, if that’s what you’ve got)
1 tablespoon finely minced dill, parsley or chives plus more for garnish (if you don’t have any fresh herbs, just leave them out and it will still be excellent)
1. Heat the oven to 425° F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
2. Put the beans on the baking sheet, drizzle with one tablespoon of the olive oil, and toss well. Spread them out, sprinkle them with salt, and put them in the oven for 10 minutes.
3. After 10 minutes, scootch the beans over to one side of the pan and arrange the salmon on the other side. Drizzle the salmon with one tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle it with salt, and put the pan in the oven for 8-12 more minutes, depending on how thick your salmon is and how well you like it cooked. (Use a paring knife to peek inside it: I like mine to be just a little bright and pink still in the center, but you might like yours more opaque and cooked through.)
4. Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining three tablespoons of olive oil, the lemon zest and juice, the mustard, and the herbs.
5. Drizzle the salmon generously with the sauce, then drizzle the rest of it over the beans and toss. Garnish the salmon with herbs, if you like, and serve.