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Scrumptious California Salmon

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • juliecooks4u
    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
    Jan 14, 2015

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

  • good2bslim
    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.

  • krummy
    Aug 17, 2012

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  • Linda2011
    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
    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
    Dec 31, 2011

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

  • s_pants
    Nov 28, 2011

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  • rmbarr059
    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!

  • MelanieDean
    Jul 15, 2010

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