citrys soy glazed salmon

Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon

This easy to make, delicious Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon is the perfect dinner! Perfectly pan seared marinated salmon that’s brushed with a delicious glaze. Simple, healthy and delicious!

Of all the fish, salmon is by far our favourite fish to prepare at home. We make it pretty often around here and I absolutely love it! There are so many ways to to change it up, its impossible to get bored!

Also, it cooks up in a snap, and so this girl is happy to prepare it on a busy weeknight in no time at all! Quick dinners on work nights are a must around here.

Salmon is also something we can feel good about eating. It is incredibly healthy and such a good source of omega-3 fatty acid! As we are very conscious of healthy eating habits, its makes a frequent appearance on our dinner table. Sure, we indulge in desserts and treats like everyone else, but when you eat healthy meals most of the time, its okay to enjoy a treat every now and then, right?

The possible ways to prepare salmon are endless! I truly cannot count all the ways that I have made it myself and all the ways that I have yet to dream up -I seriously need to build up my recipe bank of salmon recipes cause its not like we don’t eat it all the time!

Salmon is like a blank canvas that you can paint your masterpiece on using whatever you have on hand in your kitchen. Today, we went with an Asian inspired glaze and it is up there with my favourite salmon recipes of all time!

Citrus flavour from oranges comes together with sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce to give this salmon delicious flavour! So yummy, you guys!

If these flavours appeal to you as much as they do to me, you are going to love this recipe!

Fresh vs Frozen Salmon

We like to buy fresh salmon – you really can’t beat fresh! But sometimes, we just don’t have time to grocery shop and so we always stock up on frozen salmon (and other fish). Our freezer currently has at least 3 packages of frozen fillets. Not to mention enough frozen veggies to feed the whole neighbourhood! They really come in handy when i’m staring into a fridge with minimal ingredients for a meal.

If you are using frozen fish, its important to defrost it completely before cooking. It typically doesn’t take too long to defrost so if I take it out the night before, it is ready to use for dinner the next day.

How to make Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon

What you’ll need

To make this salmon and glaze, you’ll need:

  • 1 lb salmon cut into 4 portions
  • 2 tablespoons each orange juice, soy sauce and hone
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

Getting cooking!

The first step for making this dish is to prepare your salmon marinade! I measure out the marinade ingredients and stir them together. Then I place the salmon in a dish and pour the marinade over it. I let it marinade in the fridge for 20 minutes or more.

Once its been marinading for a while, I get started cooking!

I heat oil in a skillet and add the salmon, skin side up and cook it for a few minutes. Then I flip it and cook for another few minutes. Salmon doesn’t take long to cook but you may need to adjust your cook time depending on the thickness of your salmon.

While the salmon is cooking, I prepare the glaze. I place the leftover marinade into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. I let it cook for a couple of minutes to ensure any bacteria is cooked off (since the raw salmon was sitting in it, it is important to cook the sauce to ensure it is safe to eat). Once its boiled, I add a cornstarch slurry to it to thicken it up and boil it for another minute.

Once the salmon is cooked, I brush it with the glaze and sprinkle it with sesame seeds and green onion. That’s it!

How to serve Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon

This salmon is the perfect star of your meal but what do you serve it with? There are several ways to serve up this salmon to make it a complete meal. Some of my favourites include:

  • served with rice and your favourite veggies! Broccoli, green beans, bok choy, snap peas, or any of your favourites!
  • soba noodles! I highly recommend you make extra glaze to toss the noodles in and add your favourite stir fry veggies! Don’t have soba noodles? Sub in rice noodles or even spaghetti instead!
  • zoodles! If you want to keep things low carb, use zoodles instead of regular noodles. I still recommend doubling your glaze to toss the zoodles in, because, YUM!
  • salmon tacos! Make asian inspired tacos using corn (or flour) tortillas and a delicious slaw!
  • Add it to a salad for a nice light meal! This is actually how we enjoyed our salmon tonight and it was so delicious!

I hope you enjoy this Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon as much as I do! Bon appetit!


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Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon



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  • For the salmon
  • 1 lb salmon cut into 4 portions

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons green onions, for garnish

  • sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


  • Combine the soy sauce, orange juice, honey, olive oil, sesame oil, and ginger powder in a bowl. Pour it over the salmon and allow it to marinate for at least 20 minutes (preferably an hour).
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the salmon skin side up and cook for a few minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes or so or until the salmon is cooked through (cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the salmon). Remove salmon from skillet and set aside.
  • To turn the leftover marinade into a glaze, add it to a saucepan and bring it a boil for a couple of minutes (its important to let it boil for awhile to kill off any bacteria). In a small cup, add cornstarch to 1/4 cup water and stir to create a slurry. Add it to the saucepan and whisk together, bringing it to a boil again. Remove glaze. Brush on top of salmon. Sprinkle salmon with sesame seeds and green onions.

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