Roasted Salmon with Herbed Orange Sauce

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I swore to myself that this year would be different. It might have happened in the past, but it wasn’t going to happen again this year. I was going to be diligent…I was going to show restraint. I wasn’t going to make the same decisions as in years past. But, guess what…it happened again. The dreaded holiday weight made it’s way into my life and onto my waistline once again. A few too many nights of cocktails and friends combined with a few too many mornings of jammie pants solidified the evil concoction of too tight jeans! While in the moment it’s so easy to convince myself that it’s all worth it; that it’s sweater weather so no one will notice anyway. But, I know…and now with the new year it’s time to regain control!

So, with that little rant, you will notice a little healthier side to featured recipes over the next few months. But, as I know I’m not the only victim, hopefully these healthier (yet still delicious!) options will be welcome in your kitchen.

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I’m also very excited for some of these upcoming recipes, as they are a wonderful way to use the bounty of citrus I have obtained from my backyard!  Lemons, oranges, and a couple mystery fruits (they smell like grapefruit, but are crazy huge!) are welcome gifts of the few chilly nights we experienced in mid-December.  Walking into my backyard to pick lemons is by far one of my favorite things about California!  And, the oranges were a huge surprise as they were hiding on the same tree as the mystery fruit!  A graft gone horribly bad….I’m not sure what the future holds for this evil beast of a plant, as it has thorns the length of my fingers, but those oranges may have bought it another year!  Anyway…onto dinner!

  • 1 large orange, unpeeled, sliced
  • 1 large onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 4-ounce salmon fillets
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon  juice
  • Additional unpeeled orange slices for garnish, if desired
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Preheat oven to 400°F. Place orange slices in single  layer in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Top with onion slices.

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Drizzle with oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until onion is brown and tender, about 25  minutes. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 450°F.

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Remove orange and onion from the baking dish and set aside. Arrange salmon in center of dish. Sprinkle with  salt, pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoons dill.

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Spoon orange and onion slices atop  salmon. Roast until salmon is opaque in center, about 8 minutes.

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Meanwhile, mix orange  juice, green onions, lemon juice and remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons dill in small  bowl.

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Transfer salmon to serving dishes. Spoon onion alongside if desired; discard roasted orange slices. Pour orange sauce  over fish. Garnish with additional orange slices.  Serve with rice or lentils.

Recipe modified from Bon Appetit

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3 thoughts on “Roasted Salmon with Herbed Orange Sauce

  1. sounds wonderful! I loved the fresh lemons and grapefruits from the trees in CA. I do miss that part. We had a grapefruit tree in our front yard… along with apple and grapevines, but I loved my grapefruit. The gophers got the meyer lemon, dirty little bums! anyhow, loved this recipe, may have to try it!

  2. Hello my sister, THIS is the recipe I will use for the highly-prized fresh-frozen salmon gifted to us at Christmas! I was trying to decide how to prepare it, and this is definitely my answer. Good timing! And I have to say, your photos are delightful… particularily the one of the citrus from your backyard. I am SOOOO envious!!! Especially about that giant grapefruit-monster! I can buy some pretty decent oranges at the moment, shipped from CA… but nothing like picking them right off the tree. (Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the Rocky Mountains, but I certainly miss the fresh fruit crops.) Thanks for bringing us another wonderful recipe, can’t wait to try it!!!

  3. Looks delicious Sherice! You are not the only one who enjoyed the holiday season! Lighter meals that are still tasty and satisfying are a definite plus. I can only dream of having a citrus tree in my yard…

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