Photo: Whitney Ott; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Serves 2 (serving size: 1 fillet and about 2/3 cup quinoa)

The fragrant orange glaze caramelizes as the salmon quickly cooks under the broiler. To serve 4, double the salmon, glaze, and quinoa, and increase the water for the quinoa to 1 1/4 cups.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

Combine 2/3 cup water, quinoa, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 13 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in parsley, olives, and pine nuts.

Step 3

While quinoa cooks, arrange fillets, skin side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, syrup, rind, juice, Dijon, garlic, and pepper in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spread orange mixture evenly over fillets. Broil salmon 6 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fillets with quinoa mixture.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

3 1/2 stars

March 31, 2016
Family loved the salmon which was quick and easy.  Mixed reviews on the quinoa.  Might keep the salmon prep and find a different side next time.

Easy and tasty

November 26, 2015
The salmon glaze was great, easy to put this together on a weeknight.

None of this worked for us

July 21, 2015
I like every ingredient listed, but: the quinoa was too salty; the defrosted peas were odd in a salad (why not fresh or blanched sugar snaps or snow peas?) while the sherry vinegar interacted badly with oranges; and the marinade/glaze offers absolutely no oil or butter to keep salmon moist under the broiler, so of course it dried out.  We ate it, but very disappointed, and that's unusual. 

Husband loved it

April 21, 2015
My husband is not a huge fan of salmon, but told me I could make this again. He also suggested I serve it the next time we have friends over for dinner. Also, the salad pairs wonderfully with the fish.

Great meal Spring Meal

March 27, 2015
To make this dish really come alive, must make the CL-Spring Greens, Pea & Citrus Salad (pictured) to go with it; Delicious when paired together.