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Orange Glazed Salmon

Orange glazed salmon is a citrusy sweet salmon recipe that I guarantee you’ll have on repeat. With just a handful of ingredients including salmon, orange juice, garlic, honey, tamari and thyme, it’s also incredibly easy to make (takes less than 30 minutes!).

What to serve with the salmon? I recommend my Steamed Broccoli, Bok Choy, Garlic Sautéed Swiss Chard and Mashed Cauliflower.

Four salmon filets in a pan with orange slices and thyme on top.

I’m such a lover of salmon and I try to eat it a few times a week (to soak up all the health benefits listed below). But I also like variety. So to keep things interesting, I’m always experimenting with new marinades and sauces.

My Scallops with Citrus Ginger Sauce has been a reader favorite. Thus, I decided to make a sweet orange glaze to drizzle on top of this pan seared salmon. The outcome? Oh my word. Amazingly delicious! And you’ll want to drizzle the sauce on all your side dishes too.

Four salmon filets in a pan with orange slices and thyme on top.

How to Make Orange Glazed Salmon

From start to finish this recipe can be on your plate in less than 30 minutes (though it’ll look like you slaved over it). Here’s how you make it:

Sear the Salmon

Heat a couple tablespoons of avocado oil in a pan on medium-high heat and cook the salmon for 3-4 minutes each side.

Create the Thickener for the Sauce

To make the orange glaze, you need to create an arrowroot slurry. To do this, stir 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder with 1 tsp water and set it aside.

Make the Orange Glaze

Once the salmon is cooked, removed it to a plate. Turn down the heat, add the minced garlic to the pan and sauté for 30 seconds. Then add the orange juice, honey, tamari, thyme and arrowroot slurry and whisk together for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Drizzle the Orange Glaze on the Salmon

Add the salmon back to the pan and drizzle the sauce all over the salmon before serving with the delicious side dishes mentioned above.

Four salmon filets in a pan with orange slices and thyme on top.

Health Benefits of Salmon

  • Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 are great for eye health, heart disease, and reducing inflammation in the body. Read more about Salmon’s anti-inflammatory properties in my 8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods I Eat Every Week.
  • Salmon is a great source of potassium. This fish actually has more potassium than equally sized banana. Potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, which in turn can reduce the risk for having a stroke.
  • Salmon gets its red pigmentation from astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant. In combination with Omega-3 fatty acid, astaxanthin is believed to protect the nervous system and brain from inflammation.

More Salmon Recipes to Enjoy

A white plate with salmon, rice and broccoli.

Four salmon filets in a pan with orange slices and thyme on top.
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Orange Glazed Salmon

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology
Orange glazed salmon is a citrusy sweet healthy salmon recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make.  
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 4 6oz salmon filets, (Alaskan Sockeye or Coho)
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp thyme, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp water

Instructions

  • Pat salmon dry with a paper towel, then season with salt and pepper.  
  • Heat the avocado oil in a pan on medium high heat. Add salmon and cook for 3-4 minutes each side.
  • While the salmon is cooking, make an arrowroot slurry by stirring together the arrowroot powder and water. Set aside. 
  • Once the salmon is cooked, transfer to a plate.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and sauté the minced garlic in the pan for 30 seconds. Add the orange juice, honey, tamari, thyme and arrowroot slurry. Whisk the ingredients together for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add the salmon back to pan and spoon glaze over salmon before serving. 

Lisa's Tips

  • I recommend using a seasoned cast iron pan to ensure the salmon doesn't stick to the pan. 
  • The glaze will continue to thicken on its own during cooling process. 

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 578mg, Potassium: 911mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 2.8%, Vitamin C: 22.1%, Calcium: 3.6%, Iron: 8.7%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange glazed salmon, orange honey salmon, salmon recipe
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22 comments on “Orange Glazed Salmon”

  1. This one was a hit using Spanish Mackerel. The family loved it and they don’t usually get adventurous with fish when cooking it.

    • Wow, that’s awesome, Teresa! So glad everyone loved the recipe, I’ll have to try it with Spanish Mackerel myself sometime. :)

  2. Do you use orange juice from a bottle or fresh squeezed from an orange? I’m trying to cut back on sugar where I can so I was thinking about using a squeezed orange.

  3. I made this recipe for my family last night and it was delicious. We all gave this recipe a thumbs up. I have made a few other recipes of yours and they came out great. I enjoy your videos and admire your ‘zen-like” lifestyle. I always look forward to watching your videos each week. Keep up the great work:)

    • Thank you for the kind words Sheri and I’m so glad your family enjoyed the salmon recipe! I’m not sure how zen my life is, you should see a couple inches off camera! Haha :)

  4. Delicious. I used coconut aminos instead of tamari, tasted great. Thank you Lisa, for another amazing recipe!

  5. I just made this, ate it and it was amazing! Now if my Mr thinks it’s yum, too, then this will be one of my go to recipes 😊

  6. I am loving this recipe for salmon! I haven’t seen one with an orange glaze; sounds deliciously sweet!

  7. What a delicious glaze for salmon! I love the combo of flavors for spring dining!

  8. We love salmon. This citrus sauce finish is great for spring

  9. I can imagine that the delicious orange glaze would compliment the salmon so nicely. Citrus and fish is a match made in heaven. Can’t wait to try!

  10. Delicious meal! I love the thyme with the tamari and citrus and the entire meal with rice and brocolli was perfect.