Beautiful baked salmon filets with a zesty orange maple glaze and crushed pecans. This salmon is incredibly simple to make and comes together in only 15 minutes. Healthy weeknight dinners never tasted SO good.
Is it just me or do shorter work weeks feel the longest? I’m settling in on Tuesday evening typing up this post already looking forward to this coming weekend.
Speaking of, let’s keep things light and talk about this past 4th of July weekend! What did you guys do?! What was the best patriotic thing you ate? I worked most of the weekend but was still able to enjoy some time with friends and family. There was also PLENTY of No-Bake S’mores Pie involved (finished the last slice for breakfast today)… and quite a few Leinenkugel Summer Shandy’s. Those things just seriously hit the spot.So, (seemingly) long weeks + busier work days = EASY dinners. Easy, QUICK and healthy is really the magic trifecta. Well, that’s exactly what I have for you here. Cue all the exclamation points.
I’m telling you guys, it’s hard NOT to become hooked on this recipe. The salmon tastes super light and refreshing, yet is fabulously flavorful. I go nutso over any smoky + sweet combination and this recipe truly masters that fusion.
Let me elaborate. We have a smoked paprika, sea salt and garlic dry rub combined with a rich maple syrup and orange glaze. Not to mention the crushed pecans that already have a distinct flavor of sweet maple when roasted. Seriously, if I could jump through my screen and make it for you in your kitchen, I would’ve been there 10 minutes ago. Bottle of Pinot in hand. We enjoyed this salmon with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus, though I mean it when I say that ANYTHING goes. Brown rice, quinoa, couscous, pasta, ANY and every veggie. You can have whatever you likeeee.
I also love this salmon on top of a bed of greens with a simple balsamic dressing. The options are endless with all of the pristine summer produce right now. Either way, you’ll getting a hearty dose of heart-healthy omega-3 fats, high quality protein and a wide array of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals with this meal. I hope you guys love this delicious, summer recipe as much as we do! If you make it, be sure to snap a pic and tag #dishingouthealth so I can see your beautiful creations!
- 1 lb wild salmon, sliced into 2-3 fillets
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¾ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Juice of ½ orange (~2 tbsp) + zest for topping
- 3 tbsp crushed pecans
- Place oven on broil
- Prepare dry rub by mixing garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
- Pat salmon dry with a paper towel and rub dry mix evenly over each fillet
- Place salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet (skin down) and broil for 5 minutes.
- Combine maple syrup and orange juice in a small bowl. After salmon broils for 5 minutes, brush maple orange juice over each fillet and top with crushed pecans. Return to oven for another 3 minutes.
- Top with fresh orange zest and serve!
If you love salmon recipes, be sure to check out some of my other favorites: