Main Dish | December 22, 2018

Citrus Glazed Salmon

Tender, flakey salmon with a sweet and bright citrus glaze.  Using seasonal lemon, orange, and grapefruit – this citrus glazed salmon is delicious year round.  Cook this meal up in minutes for a gourmet meal without breaking a sweat.

Citrus glazed salmon on white plates, garnished with sliced citrus.

Fresh Fish Is Always Best

Many years ago my husband and I took a weekend trip to Seattle.  One of the first places we visited was Pike Place Market downtown.  We loved wandering thru the beautiful flowers and fresh produce.  And we were so amazed by the Famous Pike Place Fish Co.  This fish company is famous for throwing their fish from one worker to the other when they get a sale.  There are motivational videos and documentaries about the culture of this company that are used by businesses across the country.  Needless to say – we bought some fish.  We packed it in a cooler and carried it on the plane back to California.  That night we cooked up this citrus glazed salmon.

Pike Place

A Seattle Favorite

A few year later my family moved to Seattle, so we often took an afternoon trip to the market to pick up some more of their delicious salmon for this recipe.  It is always a show when the workers start throwing those fish around!  Pike Place is a must for anyone visiting the Seattle area.

Pike Place fish market

How Do I Select the Right Salmon?

  1. Avoid Salmon with brown spots.  This is an indicator that it is not fresh.
  2. Look for fish that is moist rather than dried out.
  3. When in doubt – frozen is always great!  It is usually frozen right away and the result is a nice, fresh, fish once it is thawed.

Citrus glazed salmon on white plates, garnished with sliced citrus.

What Do I Need To Make This Tasty Salmon?

The ingredient list is simple for this meal.  You’ll need:

  • brown sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • salmon filets

How Do I Make Citrus Salmon?

Let me give you the rundown on making this delicious salmon!

  1. First prep your citrus.  Zest one lemon, one orange, and one grapefruit and then slice them with your favorite Chef’s Knife.
  2. Transfer the zest to a bowl along with brown sugar.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Season your salmon filets with salt and pepper and place on a sheet of foil that has been prepped with non stick spray.
  5. Top salmon with 1/4 of your brown sugar mixture.
  6. Add a few tabs of butter to the tops.
  7. Layer citrus slices on top of the salmon.
  8. Roll up the sides of your foil forming a make-shift pan.
  9. Cook on the grill for about 15 minutes until flesh is opaque and flakey.
  10. Serve.

Citrus glazed salmon process.

How Do I Know When My Fish Is Done Cooking?

  • Cooked salmon will flake easily with a fork at the thickest part when fully cooked. The inside of the meat will turn from a translucent orange/pink/red to a paler opaque orange/pink/red when fully cooked.
  • You can also test with a thermometer. The thickest part should be 160 degrees when fully cooked.

Citrus glazed salmon on white plates, garnished with sliced citrus.

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Citrus glazed salmon on white plates, garnished with sliced citrus.
Citrus Glazed Salmon
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Tender, flakey salmon with a sweet and bright citrus glaze.  Using seasonal lemon, orange, and grapefruit - this citrus glazed salmon is delicious year round.  Cook this meal up in minutes for a gourmet meal without breaking a sweat.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus glazed salmon, grilled salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 393 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1 lb salmon fillets about 4
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter sliced into 5-6 tabs
Instructions
  1. Zest the entire lemon, entire orange, and entire grapefruit. Combine zest and brown sugar in a bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Place fillet on a large sheet of foil that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
  3. Season filets with salt and pepper

  4. Rub the mixture on top of the filets.  Distribute evenly between each filet.

  5. Place the butter tabs evenly on top of the filets.

  6. Slice the lemon, orange, and grapefruit into 1/4 inch slices. Cover the surface of the filet with the slices.

  7. Seal the foil pack and marinate at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  8. Preheat grill to hot. Before cooking salmon, reduce heat to warm except for one burner.
  9. Place salmon opposite the hot burner and cook for 10-15 minutes until opaque and flakes easily.
Nutrition Facts
Citrus Glazed Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 filet)
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 694mg 29%
Potassium 707mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 43g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 38.5%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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