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Scrumptious California Salmon Recipe

Scrumptious California Salmon Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

3 ounce-weight: 317 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.

Reviews for Scrumptious California Salmon

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juliecooks4u User ID: 1585693 233014
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"I was looking for something different and this was. I guess I don't love orange flavor with salmon. It was good, but not amazing to me."

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 217856
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"This is a great recipe. Easy, yet it has a sophisticated flavor."

good2bslim User ID: 1766632 188851
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."

Linda2011 User ID: 5889377 173207
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."

kmat95 User ID: 3153837 191949
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."

craftymom321 User ID: 2650384 147035
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

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

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 121666
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!"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 211741
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010


I did not have ancho chili pepper so I used regular chili powder. I didn't have shallots either."

seahoney User ID: 3470438 129277
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"This has an amazing flavored sauce. I served it on tilapia instead of salmon since that was what I had on hand however I believe this would even be yummy on chicken!"

LegalSec User ID: 548619 190086
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"This was absolutely delicious. I made a few changes. I did not have shallots so I did not use. I did not have ancho chili pepper but I had chipotle chili pepper which I used and I used rainbow trout which to me has almost the same flavor as salmon. It turned out great and will keep this recipe."

amfpv User ID: 4374057 188849
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"Sweet with a little kick and so easy."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.