Scrumptious California Salmon Recipe
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Scrumptious California Salmon Recipe

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California cuisine is all about balancing flavors. This recipe brings out the sweetness in orange juice and honey and balances it with the kick of ancho chili pepper and balsamic. —Dustin Anderson, Fillmore, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 salmon fillet (1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked salmon equals 317 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 217 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute garlic and shallot until tender. Add orange juice and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Stir in the honey, chili pepper, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large ovenproof skillet, brown salmon in oil on both sides. Brush with 1/4 cup sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  3. Brush with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Scrumptious California Salmon in Healthy Cooking June/July 2010, p17

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked salmon equals 317 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 217 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

This is a very tasty sauce for salmon-my favorite. I don't have a stove top so used an electric skillet to reduce the sauce. Microwaving to reduce was a fail. The first time I made this, I cooked it in my Sharp Steamwave along with asparagus from the garden. Today, we're going to cook it on the grill.

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Reviewed May. 8, 2012

We left out the salt and pepper since the balsamic vinegar had lots of flavor, and the ancho pepper had enough spice. It was evry pretty. We added orange slices as a garnish. But next time, we will try adding chopped pineapple. Thanks for the recipe.

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

I had a great time making this recipe. This was so good!! I doubled the recipe because I had to feed 7 people, 5 of which are kids. When you have 11,12,two 13, & a 16 year old saying how this was the best fish dish I've made for them...that's saying a whole lot!! Thank you for sharing. 5 stars for sure.

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

I have made this recipe numerous times and it is always excellent! My family loves it!!

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Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

This recipe was delicious! I will definitely be making it again. Couldn't find ancho chili pepper, so I grabbed something called Mexican Chili Powder. Wasn't very spicy, but then again I don't know what ancho chili pepper tastes like. Anyways, the flavors were all wonderful!

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