Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 6

The Dijon and dry white wine give this sauce a vibrant flavor that pairs well with the richness of grilled salmon.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare a grill for high heat (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). In a small bowl, combine garlic, salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, the oil, and lemon juice. Brush mixture over salmon, then cook, turning once, until done the way you like, about 6 minutes total for medium.

Step 2

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook until starting to brown. Whisk in remaining 1/2 tsp. pepper, the paprika, milk, mustard, wine, and 3 tbsp. water. Cook until simmering, then spoon over salmon and sprinkle with herbs.

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews


January 25, 2018
Great sauce but needed a kick. Added course ground mustard and a tablespoon of spicy horseradish. Next rime, I’ll add a bit more horseradish and flour to thicken it a bot more.

AshlieGoulet's Review

August 01, 2010
So quick and easy! Just added a bit of brown sugar to sweeten up the sauce. Have made multiple times since finding the recipe

halfyank's Review

October 25, 2012

LianeH's Review

February 10, 2011
This sauce is wea in the dijon flavoring. The milk dilutes it. I added another tbsp of dijon plus another tbsp whole grain dijon and ehh... Also, was very thin...With some tweaking it would be better. Maybe minus the milk the flavor would have more pow...

HHOakland's Review

May 22, 2010
Easy and tasty recipe! Easy way to impress your dinner guests. Marinated the salmon in a bit of lemon zest and garlic and lemon juice, but otherwise followed the recipe. Thickened nicely, had to turn off the heat and then when I reheated right before serving, I just added a bit of water to thin it out a bit. A huge hit!

SousChefLinda's Review

August 02, 2010
The salmon was excellent with the lemon and olive oil marinade, but the mustard butter sauce was a little too overpowering.

AlyssumFlowers's Review

May 15, 2013
Me and my boyfriend loved this! Kind of felt like we were out at a fancy restaurant. Definitely will be making this again. I did add about a half a tablespoon more flour to thicken it, but I like thick sauce.

tara31's Review

May 02, 2010
This was elegant and so full of flavor! I marinated the salmon in the garlic, olive oil and lemon juice before grilling, and then basted as it cooked. I boiled the sauce for 15 minutes to reduce and thicken, then mixed the rosemary in and poured over the fillets. Servied with CL Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Butter, and the sauce was also wonderful on top of them! A definite keeper and worthy of a special occasion!

caradr's Review

May 08, 2010
The dijon sauce for this was disgusting. I have rarely made a CL recipe (or any, for that matter) that didn't at least have potential. But this i actually threw out. Thankfully, the salmon alone, marinated in the lemon, olive oil and garlic, was tasty enough (in fact, delicious) that i could salvage this meal. But the sauce went in the garbage.

karenfar's Review

July 06, 2010
Served this to company and it was excellent. I can't imagine not liking the sauce. To be a success you must have high quality fresh salmon and someone that knows how to grill fish.