Scrumptious California Salmon

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.


4 servings

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
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
Scrumptious California Salmon Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile 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, until reduced to 1/4 cup, 20-25 minutes. Stir in the honey, chili pepper, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, brown salmon in oil, about 3 minutes on each side. Brush with sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 400° until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 8-10 minutes.
  3. Brush with any remaining sauce and sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

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