Orange Pecan Salmon will please the pickiest of fish eaters. Baked in a simple orange sauce, you will love the sweet and spicy flavors in this tender fish. Pecans add a yummy twist to this healthy fish recipe that can be made in 30 minutes.
I eat fish three to four times a week. Some of my favorite types of fish include: salmon, orange roughy, white roughy, halibut, shrimp and sea bass. My husband is a beef lover and I am definitely not. For dinner, I will cook his burger or whatever, and I will either bake or grill fish for me. I have friends who look at me like I am crazy for fixing two different meals for us. We both eat the same side dishes, so just the meat that is different. At first, it was a little overwhelming. However, I have gotten so used to cooking two different entrees that I don’t even think about it anymore.
Orange Pecan Salmon is one of my favorite gluten-free meals. I usually always have an orange in the fridge and pecans are a pantry staple, which makes this baked fish recipe super easy to make. With only two of us at home (this recipe makes four servings), I will save one fillet to eat later in the week and freeze the other two.
Fish is Good For You
Our bodies need healthy fats. High in protein and low in fat, fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids aka “the good fat.” Those fatty acids may help to protect against heart attacks and strokes while helping to alleviate symptoms of some autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Those healthy omega 3’s are found in oily fish: wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and Atlantic mackerel. I am not sure it justifies eating anchovies on pizza however.
However, due to chemicals and contamination found in farm-raised fish, I only eat wild caught. Be sure to read the labels or ask someone in the meat department if you are not sure where the fish came from.
How To Eliminate Fish Odors
If there is one downside to fish, it would be those stinky odors that seem to linger on forever!!! Here is a simple yet effective tip I use to eliminate fish smell: put a drop or two of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and place on the kitchen counter. It absorbs those odors in no time.
If you are like me and rinse your fish off (which I highly recommend) before cooking it, your kitchen drain may smell a little fishy too. Here a two easy remedies:
- Place a slice of lemon in your garbage disposal and turn it on.
- Put a tablespoon or two of baking soda in the drain opening and pour a 1/2 cup of white vinegar over it. It will fizz. Let sit for two minutes and rinse with water.
Family and friends will rave over this delicious fish entree. Baked in a tangy orange sauce and topped with pecan, it is sure to please the pickiest of fish eaters.
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the first 7 ingredients.
- Place salmon in a greased baking dish.
- Pour orange juice mixture over salmon and sprinkle with pecans.
- Bake uncovered for 15 to 18 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Try replacing the maple syrup with honey.
- Out of avocado oil? Use olive oil.
Keywords: orange pecan salmon, gluten free salmon recipes, healthy fish
Fish is so easy to cook and can be made in a variety of ways depending on what your dinner theme is. Next time company is coming for dinner, consider making Orange Pecan Salmon. Some great accompaniments to this meal include fresh grilled asparagus and a baked potato.
You might also enjoy this recipe for fabulous fish tacos.
Melt-in-your-mouth Meringue Kisses are perfect for serving after dinner.