Paprika Orange Salmon

Hi there.  You know I only want to put up recipes here that I’ve recently tried and think are truly worthwhile and delicious.  But I have to say that this citrusy, spicy salmon is a favorite, even a bit more than your normal delicious.  Served it up on a bed of zucchini rice.  It’s an easy “pop in the oven” recipe.  I think you’ll love it…

1/4 cup orange juice
2 tab. olive oil
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (or other herb you like)
1 pound salmon filets
2 tab. brown sugar
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tab. grated orange peel
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Mix together the orange juice, 2 tab. olive oil and 1 tsp. thyme leaves in a shallow baking dish.  Marinate the salmon in this mixture, turning it to coat it completely.  Leave in the fridge one hour or more.  When your ready to cook, combine the brown sugar, paprika, orange peel, 1 tsp. thyme and sea salt.  Remove the salmon from the marinade and set it on a baking pan lined with foil. (Discard the marinade)  Pat on the paprika mixture to cover the top and pop it in the oven at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon).

1 cup brown or white rice
2 small zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt

Simmer the rice with the salt and water for 10 minutes until all the water is absorbed.   Meanwhile coarsely grate the zucchini.  When the rice is done, mix in the zucchini and put the lid back on the pot.  Let it sit for 5 minutes until the zucchini is warmed through.

You can add other ingredients to the rice– finely diced red pepper, almonds, currants, herbs, pine nuts, mushrooms…  whatever you have on hand.  For this dish, since the salmon is so flavorful, I wanted the rice to have a simple, clean taste.  Enjoy!!


4 thoughts on “Paprika Orange Salmon

  1. This is my type of food fresh and simple..let the ingredients speak for itself. Thank you for sharing definitely have to try! 🙂

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