Looking for a healthy dinner recipe? Orange Glazed Salmon is the perfect dish for any occasion. This sweet and tangy glaze gives a new delicious twist to boring salmon. It’s also an easy meal to prepare in advance – just bake it in the oven when you’re ready to eat! Delight your taste buds with this easy recipe.
Orange Glazed Salmon
A perfect dish for a special occasion, this Orange Glazed Salmon as light and elegant as the Lemon Dill Salmon recipe. You’ll love this delicious dish that can be served as either an appetizer or main course.
The sweet flavors of orange juice and honey are balanced by the tangy acidity of the balsamic vinegar to make a delicious sauce that’s perfect served up with rice, pasta or zucchini noodles. The orange flavor pairs well with many different types of fish, so feel free to experiment with what you have on hand!
What Makes This Recipe Amazing
You’ll love this delicious dish that can be served as either an appetizer or main course. The sweet flavors of orange juice and honey are balanced by the tangy acidity of the balsamic vinegar to make a delicious sauce.
Salmon is full of vitamins and nutrients, making it a healthy meal option. It’s also high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, two essential “good fats” that many diets lack.
Balsamic vinegar is an amazing food. Not only does it taste delicious, but it has several health benefits as well! Balsamic vinegar contains antioxidants that work to slow the aging process and promote cardiovascular health. It is also high in Vitamins A, C and K.
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Nourishing salmon with a nutritious marinade full of healthy ingredients like citrus juice, honey, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce for just enough tanginess.
The flavors of honey and balsamic vinegar make this a sticky-sweet marinade that works beautifully with the fish.
A healthy and yummy alternative to takeout! Because this salmon recipe is so easy to make, you can skip the take out. Make this juicy salmon on a large baking sheet in about 25 minutes and you have the best tasting easy dinner that is healthy and delicious.
It is beautiful to look at too. The pop of color from the fresh orange slices makes this dish stand out from the rest.
Is Salmon Healthy?
Salmon is a great source of protein that can be enjoyed frequently due to its health benefits. Salmon helps fight inflammation, which in turn helps prevent heart attacks and arthritis. It’s also a good source of vitamin D and B12, both important vitamins for maintaining a healthy immune system.
What to Serve with This Easy Salmon Recipe
This recipe include asparagus as part of the recipe. This is a one pan dinner that is ready in less than 25 minutes. You can easily serve this recipe with a side of rice, pasta or zoodles.
Any type of vegetables can be added as well. A simple side salad can easily be paired with this healthy dinner. You can chop the veggies of the salad and toss it together while the salmon cooks.
More options are to serve this with brown rice, Butternut Squash noodles, or one of my favorites, these Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes to round out the meal. This makes it perfect for quick weeknight meals.
How to Store This Crispy Honey Orange Salmon
This orange glazed salmon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can easily freeze this meal for up to three months.
To freeze simply place the leftover fish in an airtight container or zip top baggie and put it in the freezer. When you are ready to eat, thaw the fish in the fridge overnight and then enjoy.
How to Pick the Best Salmon
Smell your salmon to see if it is still good. A fishy smell indicates that the fish is no longer fresh and should be discarded. The salmon should have a mild, sweet aroma with no strong pungent odor.
The skin of the salmon should be bright in color and moist in appearance with firm flesh. If the skin appears slimy or dry, it should be discarded.
The fish should feel firm and resilient to the touch. Gently press one finger against the flesh of the fish; the indentation should spring back almost immediately after releasing your finger.
If you leave an indentation that lasts more than a couple of minutes, then your fish is past its prime and should be discarded.
Check that the gills of the salmon are red, pink and moist. They should not appear withered or brown in color. Brown gills mean that your fish is no longer fresh and should be discarded immediately.
For many people, the easiest way to buy salmon is from the frozen food section of the grocery store. If you purchase it frozen, make sure that the fish is solid in appearance with no breakage in the fillet.
Ingredients in Orange Glazed Salmon
- 4 6-oz. each salmon filets, preferably wild-caught Alaskan
- 3 T. fresh orange juice
- 2 t. honey
- 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 T. balsamic vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1½ lb. asparagus, tough end removed
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
How to Make
Preheat oven to 400°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Place the salmon filets skin side down in the center of the baking sheet and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange juice, honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Generously season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and brush over the salmon.
Add the asparagus to the bowl with the orange juice mixture and gently toss to combine. Season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste.
Arrange asparagus around the salmon filets in a single layer and place sheet pan in pre-heated oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or just until the salmon is flaky and the asparagus develops a bit of color, being careful to not overcook the salmon.
Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Orange Glazed Salmon Recipe
- 24 oz. salmon filets 4 filets cut into 6 ounces each, preferably wild-caught Alaskan
- 3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 Teaspoons honey
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves finely minced
- 1½ lb. asparagus tough end removed
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Place the salmon filets skin side down in the center of the baking sheet and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange juice, honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. Generously season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and brush over the salmon.
- Add the asparagus to the bowl with the orange juice mixture and gently toss to combine. Season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Arrange asparagus around the salmon filets in a single layer and place sheet pan in pre-heated oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or just until the salmon is flaky and the asparagus develops a bit of color, being careful to not overcook the salmon.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!