Pan Roasted Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon

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Super flavorful Asian-inspired citrus soy-glazed salmon combining healthy protein and omega-3 fatty acids with a crunchy and refreshing cucumber apple salad.

Soy Glazed Salmon

Are you looking for an easy way to get a nutrient-packed meal that is bursting with flavor? One way I do this is pairing fresh seafood and vegetables with bold Asian-inspired ingredients. Whenever I’m in a pinch for time soy-glazed salmon is an excellent choice for quick preparation. It’s also packed with beneficial nutrients like protein and omega-3 fatty acids that are good for brain and heart health.

I love to incorporate as many colorful fruits and vegetables into each recipe. Crisp and refreshing cucumber and apple salad compliment the texture of this flaky fish. I can’t wait to share my secret go-to ingredient that instantly boosts the flavors of the sauce and dressing for the dish. A simple gourmet meal created right in your kitchen!

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How To Instantly Boost Flavor

When creating sauces and dressing with an Asian twist, a combination of savory, sweet and pungent flavors helps to increase the taste profile.

For this citrus soy-glazed salmon recipe the orange juice, soy sauce, seasoned rice vinegar, and ginger are concentrated down to a sticky texture. Removing the moisture allows all of the flavors to infuse together and become more intense.

The salad is a vibrant combination of cucumber, carrots, bell pepper, and Fuji apples. The earthy and sweet ingredients are perfect for tossing in an orange dressing. A little bit of fresh ginger and honey are whisked in as well, but what makes the dressing pop is the rice vinegar that provides a nice tangy balance to the spicy and sweet ingredients.

Drizzling spoonful of citrus-soy glazed over salmon fillet

One of the simplest techniques to cook salmon is high heat roasting. The extreme temperature cooks the salmon fillets within minutes. You can visually gauge if the fish is cooked to the perfect flaky texture. Just before serving a delicious citrus soy glaze is generously drizzled over the fillet, wow!

White rice and vegetables served with salmon

To ensure maximum flavor delivery, the salad is marinated in some of the orange dressing. Right before serving make sure to drizzle some extra on top! This gorgeous citrus soy-glazed salmon and cucumber apple salad can be served with rice for a complete meal.

Sesame seeds sprinkled on top of the soy glazed salmon

This citrus soy-glazed salmon recipe is made to impress! Using simple techniques like roasting, reduction, and emulsification allows you to create a crafted culinary meal with ease. The sweet orange flavors in the glaze and dressing make each forkful of the salmon and salad pop!

How to check if the salmon is finished cooking

I always use a combination of time, temperature, and appearance to check for doneness. Typically for every one pound of fish, 10 minutes of cooking time is needed. This is an estimate, which can change depending on the thickness of the fish. I’ve also found that smaller portions like in this recipe will cook quicker than a whole fillet. For medium doneness, target and internal temperature between 135 to 140°F with a thermometer. You can also visually check by using a fork to try to separate the center of the flesh, if it flakes with little resistance and opaque in color, it’s ready! With a little practice, you’ll get a good feel for cook time and appearance.

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Pan Roasted Citrus-Soy Glazed Salmon

A quick and flavorful Asian-inspired soy glazed salmon recipe combining healthy protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Served with a crunchy and refreshing cucumber and vegetable salad.
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4.5 from 8 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings 4 Servings
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese


Citrus Glaze

  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 slice fresh ginger, ¼-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Cucumber Salad

  • 2 cups cucumber, ⅛-inch thick strips
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, ⅛-inch thick strips
  • 1 cup carrots, ⅛-inch thick strips
  • 1 large fuji apple, ⅛-inch thick strips
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • teaspoon sesame oil


  • 24 ounces salmon fillet, cut into four 6-ounce pieces
  • kosher salt, for seasoning
  • black pepper, for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


Citrus Glaze

  • Combine rice vinegar, orange juice, soy sauce and ginger slice in a small saucepan. Reduce over medium heat until a thick glaze forms, about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and whisk in butter until melted and sauce is thickened. Set aside.

Cucumber Salad

  • Add the sliced cucumber, bell pepper, carrots and apples in a medium sized bowl. Combine and set aside.
  • For the salad dressing whisk together rice vinegar, orange juice, honey, minced ginger, olive oil and sesame oil until combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Add half of the dressing into the cucumber salad mixture, toss to combine and allow to marinate. Reserve the other half of the dressing. Set salad aside or refrigerate if not eating within half an hour.


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a sheet pan with foil and lightly grease with oil. Add salmon portions to the pan. Generously season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until tender and flaky. Drizzle some sauce on top of each fillet. Garnish with sesame seeds.

To Serve

  • Serve citrus glazed salmon with cucumber salad on the side, and rice if desired. Drizzle some additional dressing on top of the salad.


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Nutrition Facts
Pan Roasted Citrus-Soy Glazed Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 318mg13%
Potassium 660mg19%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 13500IU270%
Vitamin C 180.7mg219%
Calcium 230mg23%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jill Thomas says

    I’m excited to try the Salmon with Citrus Glaze — great tips also. My “test” kitchen nights are called “guinea pig” nights and are always fun. Thanks for sharing. Will let you know my results! Thanks, J

    • Jessica says

      Hi Jill, thanks for visiting the website! Feel free to contact me with any questions. I can’t wait to hear how the recipe turns out for you!

  2. Terri Grafnitz says

    Hi Jessica – I am going to try this recipe out it looks so delicious. I will let you know what I thought of the dish but I am sure it is fantastic.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Terri! If you have any questions about the recipe or technique, please let me know, I would love to help! Happy cooking!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Garlic infused in the cooking oil, yes! So glad you tried the recipe and enjoyed the dish Andrew!

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