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!).
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.
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.
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
- Dijon Baked Salmon
- Cedar Plank Salmon
- Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad
- Salmon Patties (gluten-free, paleo)
- Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Cucumber Bites
- Smoked Salmon Frittata
Orange Glazed Salmon
- 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
- 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.
- 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.