With the number of salmon recipes that I have posted till now, you must have probably guessed how much we adore this fish. We simply can’t have enough of it and add it to our meals in a variety of ways. In this post, I am sharing another family favourite- orange salmon bake. I have lost count of the number of times I have made this recipe; and we enjoy it each and every time. The recipe is easy to put together and whether you are serving your family or friends (it has graced my party table numerous times), it never fails to impress. It tastes good and looks good! Moreover, it is a healthy dish too! When you have a multitude of dishes on the table, this subtle and mild dish is a great respite from the effects of the other richer dishes alongside it.
As I mentioned before, we do eat salmon a lot. Of course, being ardent fish lovers, other forms of fish do make their way to our shopping trolley too. But salmon, with its delicate flesh and taste always steals our heart. In this recipe, pieces of salmon are drizzled with a delicately spiced orange and olive oil dressing and baked. It is simple enough to cook on a regular basis and sophisticated enough to grace your entertaining table.
The weather in our neck of the woods have been behaving a bit strangely the last few days. We even had a smattering of the white stuff from above! The plants must be thoroughly confused. Last year, at this time, we were having picnics outdoors and this year, we are plunged into negative temperatures. Who can win against Mother Nature though!
Anyway, coming back to to my recipe for orange baked salmon, a few notes below-
Salmon is a good source of protein and is supposed to contain high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Unlike other fats, omega 3 is supposed to be ‘essential’ and good for the body. We love the taste of salmon anyway and the health benefits are such a welcome bonus. This fish is truly a great combination of taste and healthy benefits.
Fillet or steak-
This recipe can be made using either a salmon fillet or steak. I had steaks at the time so used it, bones and all. Having grown up on a diet of fish, some of which can be very bony, fishbones do not bother us. However, if you prefer, you can use boneless salmon fillets.
As I mentioned before, this orange salmon bake is a dish with subtle flavours and makes an excellent addition to a light meal. It can be a side dish as well as the main course. When I last made this dish, we enjoyed it with some roasted asparagus with garlic and chilli (recipe here) and baked potato wedges (recipe coming soon). This dish has also graced my table when we had friends over for Christmas and numerous other gatherings. Needless to say, like every other time, we never get tired of this dish and we truly relished it this time too.
Continue reading for the detailed and printable recipe and video for my orange salmon bake-
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Orange salmon bake
- 560 gms salmon (I used steaks with bones in) cut into small pieces-see notes below
- 1 large orange, half sliced and half juiced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- ½ tsp salt (or as per taste)
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp crushed red chillies
- freshly ground pepper
- Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C.
- Arrange the salmon pieces in a baking dish, in a single layer.
- In a bowl, add the olive oil, garlic, crushed red chillies, paprika, salt and the juice of half the orange. Whisk together.
- Add the orange slices to the olive oil-orange mixture and coat the orange slices in it.
- Except the orange slices, pour the mixture over the salmon pieces. Toss them well in the mixture.
- Arrange the salmon slices in a single layer with the skin side down.
- Add freshly ground pepper over it.
- Arrange the orange slices on top.
- Cover the dish tightly with foil and seal the edges.
- Place the dish in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Serve hot as a side dish or main course.
- I used salmon steaks and cut them into small pieces, bone and all. If you prefer, you can use boneless salmon fillets.
All my baking recipes can be found here
You might like to try the following salmon recipes from my blog too!
Until next time,