I totally developed this recipe by accident. I was starving and didn’t know what to make, so I took some frozen salmon fillets out of the freezer, and put together the most random glaze. It turned out to be INCREDIBLE and one of my most favorite ways I’ve ever made salmon. Figures, right?
Salmon is such a staple for me. I love it so much because it’s so buttery and flavorful, and you don’t have to do much to it. I love to cook it under the broiler because it takes less than ten minutes to cook, and it’s absolutely perfect every time.
Can we also talk about how gorgeous it is? So many health benefits too.
So back to the incredibly random glaze. I put together orange juice and zest, dijon mustard, maple syrup, tarragon, rosemary, cinnamon (sounds bizarre right?!), paprika, salt, and pepper. I PROMISE you it’s SO GOOD. I can’t get over how perfectly the flavors just work.
The first time I made this I served it with green beans and some roasted potatoes I think? It literally goes with anything though. It would also be delicious if you made extra glaze, and served it with rice and poured the extra over it. You’ll be addicted. Just wait.
My salmon only cooked for six to seven minutes under the broiler, but this will totally depend on the thickness of your salmon. I like mine cooked all the way through, but I know some people like it medium. I don’t really understand this, and only found out a couple years ago that getting a temperature on salmon was normal? I ordered it at a restaurant and the server asked me how I wanted it cooked…and I was totally caught off guard. Haha. Now I know! I just think it’s kinda gross to have rare salmon unless it’s sushi. Totttttally another story.
Definitely being added to the weekly rotation! Also, who agrees that tarragon is so underrated?
20 Minute Spiced Orange Herb Glazed Salmon
This salmon comes together in 20 minutes or less and it's SO flavorful! The mixture of orange zest, juice, dijon mustard, maple, and tarragon is amazing!
- 1 pound salmon fillet
- 2 oranges, tested and juiced
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice and zest, dijon mustard, maple syrup, dried tarragon, dried rosemary, cinnamon, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat and let simmer for 4-5 minutes or until reduced and thickened.
Preheat your oven's broiler to high. Position rack in the upper third of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the salmon on top. Reserve ¼ of the glaze in a small bowl.
Brush salmon with the remaining ¾ of the glaze and broil for 6-7 minutes or until salmon is cooked through (this could take more or less time depending on the thickness of your fillet).
Once salmon is finished, drizzle with the reserved glaze and sprinkle with fresh tarragon. Serve!