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Orange-Roasted Salmon with Yogurt-Caper Sauce

Scott Phillips

Servings: 6

Because it’s such a delicious roast, you’ll be tempted to save this dish for company, but don’t. Treat yourself. Ready in the time it takes to make a salad and set the table, it’s perfect for a weeknight meal, and the citrusy-tangy sauce is one you’ll want to whip up anytime you want to add something special to a simple fish.


  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more for the baking sheet
  • Six 1-inch-thick, skin-on center-cut salmon fillets (about 6 oz. each), pin bones removed
  • 1-1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. capers, drained, rinsed, and chopped
  • 1 Tbs. fresh orange juice

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 340
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 160
  • Fat (g): 18
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
  • Cholesterol (mg): 110
  • Sodium (mg): 300
  • Carbohydrates (g): 2
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 40


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet.
  • Arrange the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet, drizzle with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 tsp. of the orange zest, the salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Gently rub the seasonings into the fish. Let sit at room temperature while the oven heats.
  • Combine the yogurt in a small bowl with the remaining 1 Tbs. of olive oil, 1/2 tsp. orange zest, and the parsley, capers, and orange juice. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. The sauce can be made up to several hours ahead and kept refrigerated.
  • Roast the salmon until just cooked through, with a trace of bright pink in the center (cut into a piece to check), 10 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately, drizzled with the yogurt sauce.

Serve with Steamed Green Beans with Lemony Tahini Sauce.


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Reviews (16 reviews)

  • choffman | 05/08/2020

    This was fantastic! I served it over pearl couscous with roasted red onions and garnished it with fresh parsley and slivers of candied orange peel. Easy to make and definitely company-worthy.

  • Megann | 02/02/2017

    This was delicious. The salmon was so perfectly tender and the sauce is delicious.

  • Gran9 | 12/31/2015

    Served it at a dinner party and received rave comments.

  • karmicflower | 01/07/2015

    Wonderful! Made this tonight paired with the Orange-Scented Rice Pilaf with Fennel. My husband loved it, especially the sauce. Such an easy dish to put together. I think the sauce took more effort than the fish. An easy weeknight meal. Even my picky kids loved it.

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