Jun 3, 2021

Roasted Orange Ginger Salmon

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
A full fillet of salmon topped with a simple blend of orange zest, grated ginger and red pepper flakes makes for an impressive yet easy entrée for entertaining or for a weeknight dinner.

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This simple salmon recipe comes together in under 20 minutes and can be served alongside a salad or with rice and seasonal roasted vegetables. The sauce is made from a simple mix of orange zest, grated ginger, a touch of vegetable oil and red pepper flakes.

Keeping the fillet in one piece so it’s a full half of salmon makes for an impressive entree when entertaining. The salmon is arranged over slices of oranges and can be divided onto plates from there, for a more rustic, family-style of serving. 

Roasted Orange Ginger Salmon

Roasted Orange Ginger Salmon recipe

Steps for This Recipe

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 425ºF. 

Step 2:

Arrange slices of orange on a baking sheet.

Step 3:

Lay the fillet down over the top season with salt and pepper. 

Step 4:

In a small bowl stir together the ginger, orange zest, vegetable oil and red pepper. 

Step 5:

Spread the orange mixture over the fish and roast until just cooked through, about 12 minutes. 

Roasted Orange Ginger Salmon recipe

What kind of salmon should I use? 

While the most common type of salmon sold in stores is Atlantic salmon, there are many other varieties. Atlantic salmon is much fattier and thicker so it takes a bit longer to cook. I used the Copper River Sockeye variety in this recipe. It’s a fish with a firm texture, robust flavor and deep orange-red color.

Every year during the months of May through September, three types of wild Alaskan salmon, King, Sockeye and Coho return to the Copper River as they head 300 miles up the river to spawn. If swapping Atlantic variety for Sockeye in this recipe, you may need to add a few additional minutes to the cooking time. You can also use steelhead trout in this recipe based on availability. The fish is similar in color and texture, making it an easy swap.

Read more about Copper River salmon here.

how to make Roasted Orange Ginger Salmon

Other ways to serve this recipe

  • The salmon can be the star of your meal or add it to a grain bowl and serve over a base of arugula and crispy rice. Top it with diced avocado, cucumber, green onion and spicy mayonnaise. 
  • Break up the orange ginger salmon from this recipe and serve as lettuce cups.
  • Make this recipe on the grill instead to add a smokey flavor.


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Roasted Orange Ginger Salmon

roasted salmon on a sheet pan with sliced oranges and blood oranges
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Serves 4


  • 2 medium cara cara oranges, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium blood orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 2-pound salmon fillet,
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup packed cilantro


  • Heat oven to 425ºF.
  • Arrange the sliced oranges on a baking sheet. Lay the salmon down over the top season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl stir together the ginger, orange zest, vegetable oil and red pepper.
  • Spread the orange mixture over the salmon and roast until just cooked through, about 12 minutes.
  • Top with cilantro and serve.



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