This delectable Blood Orange Honey Glazed Salmon Recipe is roasted to perfection and brushed with a beautifully sweet and spiced citrus brown sugar honey glaze. Make this dinner whenever you want to impress someone special or try this Sheet Pan Salmon or Air Fryer Salmon for something even easier. It is wonderful served with Roasted Butternut Squash, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Rice and Peas or Jollof Rice.
Perfect Orange Honey Glazed Salmon Recipe
I’m super excited to share this winter friendly recipe that is perfect for entertaining or even a busy weeknight. The flavors come together effortlessly and in a nick of time.
I love to serve this recipe for guests because it feels very indulgent and special but it doesn’t require a lot of my time to make.
Honey Glazed Salmon Ingredients
This recipe starts with very quality ingredients which is why it doesn’t require a lot to make it taste wonderful. The key ingredients that truly make a difference in the flavor are the following:
- Wild Salmon Fillets
- Brown Sugar
- Spices and Flavors
I selected high quality Wild Salmon Fillets for this salmon. You really want the flavor of the salmon to shine through. Wild Salmon has very different qualities from farmed. It is caught in oceans, lakes and rivers. That means that they are bred in their natural environments and eat other organisms found there. Salmon on its own is full of high quality fat, omega fatty acids and nutrition and I definitely prefer wild caught to increase this nutritional gain.
For this recipe, I decided to use blood oranges instead of regular oranges. Blood Oranges are usually only available starting after January and are mostly seasonal during winter unless you buy fresh blood orange juice from other vendors. You can totally replace blood oranges with any choice of orange for this recipe if you want to make year round.
The blood oranges create a gorgeous ruby tinted glaze. The citrusy taste is paired with sweetness from brown sugar and honey and spicy flavor is from various seasonings and spices. Honey allows the glaze to truly become sticky and adhesive to the fish.
P.S. I add a little hint of spice to this recipe in the form of cayenne pepper and creole seasoning. Also a hint of paprika brings it all together. I personally love the combination of heat and sweet, and it works perfectly here.
Tip: If you can’t handle a lot of spice, feel free to lower the amount or omit all together.
How to Make Salmon Glaze for Glazed Salmon Recipe
To start this recipe, we move to the stovetop to begin the glaze.
You will add all of the liquids including the honey, orange juice and worcestershire and even the brown sugar and allow that to combine and thicken up over medium heat. It will reduce by half leaving a nice slightly thick glaze that will be irresistible.
Now it is time to move over to the salmon.
Tip: Pat dry your fish before beginning to remove extra moisture and allow it to brown better.
We think salt and pepper both sides and sprinkle with additional flavors as well.
Next you will begin the brushing of glaze. The glaze brushing will continue several times as the salmon bakes really allowing it to become one with the fish and nice and sticky.
Tip: Don’t Overbake Your Salmon!
There is nothing delicious about overbaked fish. Make sure you begin checking for flakiness and doneness before the amount of time needed to complete the recipe. You will want it tender and moist.
This is a great recipe for a weekday when you want to get dinner on the table fast or for a seafood loving dinner party and of course for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Some of us are over reservations, overcrowded restaurants or going out in the rush all together. Why not create a comfortable and romantic night at home with your loved one. If you make this dish, you won’t regret it.
If you Love This Orange Honey Glazed Salmon, try these Other Seafood Recipes:
Here are some additional seafood recipes that I know you will love if you are a fan of this one:
- Honey Blackened Fish
- Maple Glazed Salmon
- Honey Bourbon Grilled Catfish
- Salmon Croquettes
- Shrimp Scampi and Grits
- Low Country Boil
- Easy Citrus Shrimp
- Fish and Chips
Orange Glazed Honey Salmon
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 ½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- ⅓ cup fresh blood orange juice
- 2 6 ounce Wild Salmon Fillets
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp creole seasoning
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper optional if you love more heat
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- To begin the glaze, add brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and blood orange juice to a saucepan over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to boil then bring heat down to medium-low and continue simmering.
- Simmer for about 7-13 minutes until the glaze has thickened and reduced to ½ the original amount. Set aside.
- Pat each side of the salmon fillets with a paper towel to remove extra moisture then season both sides with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place fillets on a non-stick foil lined baking sheet. Next evenly sprinkle the top sides with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, creole seasoning (and cayenne pepper if desired) then brush half of the glaze on each salmon fillet.
- Bake fillets for 10 minutes then brush the remaining glaze on each fillet and turn the oven to broil. Cook until glaze sticks to fillets and fillets are flaky, about 2-3 minutes more making sure not to burn the glaze or overbake the fillets. Watch carefully.
Can I replace the sugar in this recipe with more honey or maple syrup?
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