Zesty Orange Seared Salmon Recipe

This easy seared salmon recipe is a perfect meal for busy evenings. Marinate it in the morning, and it will be ready to cook at dinner time!

You'll love this seared orange salmon for dinner tonight!

If I had to pick one seafood as my one and only, I think it would be salmon. Shrimp are way up there, and I love tuna too. OK, I love almost any seafood (maybe not squid…), but salmon is really my true love.

Hugging a salmon sounds good to me!

I adore salmon on sandwiches, nachos, salad… You name it, I love it. Well, except I actually don’t love it raw in sushi. I don’t know why since I do like it rare, but raw salmon is not my thing. That’s why today I’m bringing you seared salmon. You can cook it as rare or as well done as you like as long as you use this orange soy marinade first. It’s so easy and tasty!

You'll love this seared orange salmon for dinner tonight!

I give my mom credit for this recipe idea. She is even more of a salmon fiend than I am, and she likes to make hers with citrus. I don’t actually remember how exactly she does it, but I know orange is involved. I tried this recipe first with just a quick squirt of orange before cooking it, and the flavor wasn’t noticeable at all. That’s why I changed it to a marinated salmon recipe to really get the citrus flavor in there.

Of course I added Sriracha because this is me we’re talking about. You can totally adjust that to taste. If you want it spicy, add a couple teaspoons or more, or just add a dash if you want to keep it mild. Enjoy!


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This seared salmon with citrus is just the thing for a quick, healthy, delicious dinner!

Zesty Orange Seared Salmon Recipe

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This easy citrus salmon recipe is a perfect meal for busy evenings. Marinate it in the morning, and it will be ready to cook at dinner time!

  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Whisk together orange juice, soy sauce, and hot sauce. Use a container just big enough for the salmon to cover the bottom so the marinade will stay on the fish.
  2. Place the salmon filets in the marinade, and swirl to coat thoroughly. Marinate at least 2 or up to 24 hours.
  3. Spray a skillet with cooking spray, and heat over medium-high heat. Let the skillet get very hot. Arrange orange slices over the flesh side of the fish, and put the salmon orange-side down into the hot pan. Cook 5-7 minutes.
  4. Carefully slide a spatula under the oranges and fish together, and flip them. It’s OK if your orange slices fall off in this process. Just put them back where they were when you get the fish flipped. (Be careful! They are hot!) Cook another 5-7 minutes or until salmon is cooked to your desired level of doneness.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Passive Time: 240+
  • Cook Time: 15

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
8 years ago

Whenever we go for sushi and my husband gets his array of fish, I always mention how if I was not vegetarian the first piece I would try is the salmon. It just always looks so good! This recipe has encouraged me to get over my fear of cooking seafood!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
8 years ago

Salmon and citrus are a natural pairing. I love your photos for this recipe too.

Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar
8 years ago

I’ve been on a crazy salmon kick lately so I’m always looking for new recipes to try. This sounds amazing!

Cathy Trochelman
8 years ago

I LOVE salmon and am totally digging the sriracha/soy combo with oranges! Yum!

8 years ago

Yeah! A salmon recipe I am sooooo going to try. I honestly have been looking for a different one for awhile. Thank you!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel
8 years ago

Salmon is one of my favorites, too! I do love it raw though, but I love it cooked just as much. Love the flavors in this marinade… sounds so yummy! I’ll definitely have to try this!

eat good 4 life
8 years ago

I have not make salmon in for ever and the thought of making an easy version like this appeals to me. What a great flavor. Pinning for the future!

Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
8 years ago

Oh my gosh! I just love this super simple marinade! Sound delicious! :)

SUe metzger
8 years ago

All I can say is YUM!!! Makes me want some right now! I use orange zest, dill and cayenne on mine;) Love it and the chef:)xoxo

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

I knew you would like this one!! You have to make me your version when we get to see each other again! xoxo

8 years ago

Andi, I’m so drooling over this Salmon recipe…one of the best I’ve ever seen!! Thanks for posting it; can’t wait to fix it, myself :)

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

I’m not sure I can live up to the best you’ve ever seen, but I do hope you love the recipe! Thank you so much, Elizabeth!!

Heather | Heather Likes Food
8 years ago

Oh that citrus orange flavor on Salmon looks amazing!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you, Heather!

Megan Keno
8 years ago

I have some salmon in my freezer I’ve been saving that I was thinking of cooking this weekend, I think I officially know how I am going to cook it now! Love this!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

I’d be over the moon if you made my recipe. Thank you, Megan!!

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