Citrusy Salmon with a Kick
Citrusy Salmon with a Kick

Citrusy Salmon with a Kick

July 29, 2016

I've included 2 ways for you to cook this tasty salmon dish. One way is quick & easy, while the cedar plank version takes longer, but is well worth the effort!

Serves: 2


1 1/2 cups orange juice, no pulp, not from concentrate

1/2 organic lemon (zest & juice)

1/2 tsp zest from an organic orange

2 salmon fillets, 6 to 8 ounces each

1 Tblsp butter

1 Tblsp light brown sugar

1/2 tsp hot red chili powder

1/4 tsp granulated garlic powder

1/8 tsp kosher or sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper, 6 pepper mill turns

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

For serving: 2 lemon wedges, 2 orange wedges & 2 servings of my Creamy Dill Sauce (see recipe in Sauces & Gravies category)


1 In a glass baking dish; mix orange juice, lemon juice, lemon zest & orange zest. Place salmon, skin side up, in mixture & marinate for 30 min to 1 hour at room temperature. Don't go longer than 1 hour as the acid in the juices will start to cook the salmon.

2 Preheat oven to 425°.

3 Melt butter & set aside.

4 In a small bowl; mix brown sugar, chili powder, salt & pepper creating a dry rub.

5 Line a small baking sheet with tin foil & grease with a little EVOO. Place marinated salmon, skin side down, on baking sheet.

6 Rub half the sugar/spice mixture all over the top & sides of each piece of salmon. Then spoon half the melted butter over each piece.

7 Bake, on middle oven rack, 10 to 12 minutes depending on thickness (for the Cedar Plank version see Tip# 2).

8 Serve each plate with a lemon wedge, an orange wedge (for squeezing over salmon) & Creamy Dill Sauce.

Citrusy Salmon with a Kick

Tips & Suggestions

1 Salmon is especially tasty if you cook it on a cedar plank. There are many types of cedar planks on the market & can be purchased in most cooking specialty stores. Mine is made by a company called Chinook Planks & can be purchased online from a number of retailers, including Regardless of the brand you buy, be sure to follow the directions for seasoning & maintaining it.

2 When baking salmon on a cedar plank; follow all the directions that came with your plank, as to preparing it each time you use it. Reduce oven temp to 350° & baking time to 30 - 45 minutes, depending on the size & thickness of the salmon. Once you taste & smell the intoxicating aroma of the cedar planked salmon, you may never go back to cooking it any other way!


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