Citrus-Seared Wild Salmon

Citrus-Seared Wild Salmon

Make your heart happy with this satisfying dish. Many of its ingredients, including orange juice, salmon, dark leafy greens and nuts, contain important nutrients and antioxidants known to help promote cardiovascular health. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish, like salmon, at least twice a week.


Honey Pecans*

  • 1/2 tablespoon tamari sauce or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Cayenne pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves


  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup 100% orange juice**
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro stems and leaves
  • 6 each 6-ounce skinless, boneless wild salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Reduced salmon marinade
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed or canola oil
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped honey roasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried currants or chopped raisins
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

* Store-bought honey pecans can be substituted.

** May substitute Florida Orange Juice from Concentrate


  1. Honey Pecans: Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer four minutes then drain. Place pecans on a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet and roast for about 10 minutes, until toasted. Remove from oven and let cool completely on rack. Lightly chop pecans into 1/4-inch pieces.
  3. Salmon: Combine chili powder, coriander, pepper and orange juice in saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer then set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir-in chopped cilantro. Place salmon fillets in a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish and pour marinade over fillets. Cover and refrigerate for one hour, then turn fillets over and marinate one hour more.
  5. Remove fillets and strain marinade through a fine mesh strainer into small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  6. To cook salmon: Lightly coat the bottoms of two large non-stick skillets with oil and place them over medium-high heat until hot. Season salmon fillets lightly with salt and pepper and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly seared. Turn fillets over and cook 3 to 4 minutes more. Remove from the fire and allow fillets to rest in hot pans.
  7. Salad: Place half the reserved salmon marinade in small mixing bowl. Whisk in oil and set aside.
  8. Combine greens, cilantro, pecans, and currants in large mixing bowl. Add dressing and honey roasted pecans. Toss well and set aside. Divide onto the center of six plates. Rest a salmon fillet to the side of each salad and drizzle remaining reduced marinade over each fillet.

Prep: 1 hr | Makes: 6 servings, 10 ounces each

Nutrients per serving: 448 calories (50% calories from fat), 41 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 25 g total fat (sat 3 g, mono 10 g, poly 12 g), 226 mg sodium

Vitamin A 70% DV, Vitamin C 40% DV, Calcium 8%DV, Iron 40% DV

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Florida Department of Citrus