Orange-Glazed Baked Salmon Recipe: Sweet and Tangy

A little sweet, a little tangy, delightfully citrusy, just the right amount of ginger and mustard, and a whole lot of yum. This orange-glazed baked salmon recipe is a winner.

Orange glazed salmon recipe on a plate with salad

I’ve been thinking about brain and heart health lately. Maybe it’s my age (yikes!). Maybe it’s that talk I’m about to give on aging gracefully.

Also, lots of people ask me about good foods for the brain or good foods for the heart. Fortunately, I’ve got welcome news to share: they’re usually the same foods. And you’ve got some in this delicious orange-glazed baked salmon recipe.

Typically, what’s good for the heart is good for the brain and not just when it comes to food. It’s true for exercise, sleep, and common health markers like blood pressure and blood sugar. The link is largely your blood vessels. Let’s keep your blood vessels healthy, and you’ve got healthy oxygen and nutrient flow to all parts of your body.

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By the way, this isn’t my only salmon recipe with orange. I’ve also got Sweet, Spicy and Orange-y Easy Baked Salmon on the blog. Also delicious and nutritious and with a completely different flavor profile from this one.

Want to find out what I learned when visiting a Norwegian salmon farm? Check out my fascinating day.

Empty fish pens in Norway.

How this orange-glazed baked salmon recipe is sooooo good for you

orange-glazed baked salmon recipe with salad

The orange juice reduction spiked with ginger, mustard, rosemary and brown sugar bring a burst of flavor to every forkful of this heart-healthy, brain-healthy orange-glazed salmon.

Orange-Glazed Baked Salmon Recipe: Sweet and Tangy

The orange juice reduction concentrates the flavor, giving each bite the perfect burst of orange.
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Course: Entree
Servings: 1
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND


  • 1/2 cup orange juice without pulp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated or jarred ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 salmon fillets 1 pound salmon
  • chopped cilantro and chives


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • To prepare the orange juice reduction, place the orange juice and the ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and continue a soft boil uncovered for about 10 minutes or until the juice is reduced to about 1/8 cup. You will need to keep an eye on it and adjust heat as necessary to avoid overboiling. The reduced juice will have a very dark color. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the Dijon mustard, rosemary and brown sugar.
  • Place the salmon on a grill pan or a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Carefully spoon the orange juice glaze over the salmon, spreading with the back of the spoon for even coverage. Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Remove to a serving dish and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and chives.


Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 98mg | Fiber: 0g

I have a bunch of salmon and fish recipes on the blog. For a different take on salmon, try this Easy Wasabi Salmon.

Easy healthy wasabi salmon with sauce

There’s a lot of flavor in this easy salmon recipe.

Cheers to heart-healthy, brain healthy eating!

Jill Weisenberger

I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.

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  1. Frank Konstantinides on April 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm


    take your recipe and add some low salt Soy Sauce to it. Instead of baking, pouch in a rot iron skillet. I serve over white rice with roasted asparagus cover in olive oil and sea salt.

    • Jill Weisenberger on April 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this. I’ll give it a try.

  2. Giamanda on February 14, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Hey Jill, Thanks for sharing an amazing salmon recipe flavored with orange. Though I want to ask something- Can I use normal sugar instead of brown sugar? Will it work the same?

    • Jill Weisenberger on February 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      I imagine so. The flavor will be different, but I’m going to guess that it will still be delicious. Let me know how it works out.

  3. Jocelyn on August 26, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    I hadn’t tried orange-glazed salmon before this, but wow, the flavors really pop. I’ve made it a couple of times now. I know Giamanda was asking about using regular sugar instead of brown sugar, and I can attest that it tastes very similar! Not exactly the same, but still delicious!

    • Jill Weisenberger on August 26, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Oh so glad you like it. I have so many ways to love salmon and citrus together! And good to know about the sugar. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Melissa on September 25, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Much obliged for sharing a stunning salmon formula enhanced with orange. In spite of the fact that I need to ask something-Can, I utilize typical sugar rather than earthy colored sugar? I’ve made it two or multiple times now. I know Giamanda was getting some information about utilizing ordinary sugar rather than earthy colored sugar, and I can confirm that it tastes fundamentally the same as!

    • Jill Weisenberger on September 25, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Awesome to know! Thank you for sharing that.

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