Pomegranate and Orange Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables is healthful, light and easy to make! Omega-rich salmon and fresh vegetables are topped with a slightly spicy fruity glaze!
Did you know that compared to New Year's Day, the second-highest number of healthy eating resolutions are made the day after the Super Bowl?
No matter when you make your healthy eating resolution, this healthful and light Pomegranate and Orange Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables will help you keep it.
In this easy dinner for two, pomegranate juice, orange juice and soy sauce are reduced to a syrupy glaze. Chili garlic paste is then added for a touch of heat along with dark brown sugar which adds a touch more sweetness and a light note of molasses.
I serve this beautiful Pomegranate and Orange Glazed Salmon over a colorful combination of stir-fried carrots, red bell pepper and snow pea pods splashed with a bit of soy sauce.
Mwaaahhh! Perfect with salmon!
Which type of salmon to use:
Wild salmon is always your best choice. The season for fresh wild salmon has passed. However, many fish counters carry wild salmon which has been thawed year-round. Typically, it's labeled “previously frozen.” You can also find frozen wild salmon in the frozen seafood section year-round.
Try to avoid regular farmed salmon. Some farmed salmon such as Verlasso brand have earned a “Good Alternative” ranking from the Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch program which promotes awareness of sustainable seafood choices.
How to blanch vegetables:
I suggest blanching the snow pea pods briefly before adding to the stir-fry because that will set the color.
Blanching works well with any green vegetable. Simply get a pot of water boiling, add a generous amount of salt, drop the green vegetable into the salted, boiling water, then remove after it turns a bright green (which only takes seconds). Immediately drain and immerse into ice water to stop the cooking process.
For an additional side dish, serve quinoa or brown rice.
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- Baked Veracruz-Style Fish (Pescado A La Veracruzana)
- Pistachio Crusted Fish with Lemon Dill Aioli
- Indian Spiced Sea Bass with Braised Red Lentils
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- Baked Tilapia with Spinach – Pecan Pesto
- Butter-Basted Halibut with Lemon-Braised Baby Vegetables
- Salmon and Black Bean Tostadas with Cilantro Lime Slaw and Chipotle Crema
Pomegranate and Orange Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables
- 6 ounces snow pea pods - stem ends trimmed and strings removed
- ¾ cup pomegranate juice
- ¾ cup orange juice - preferably freshly squeezed
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce - divided
- 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar - or to taste
- 1 tablespoon canola oil - divided, plus more for baking dish
- 2 (6-ounce) salmon fillets - skin removed
- Freshly ground black pepper - to taste
- 2 medium carrots - halved lengthwise and thinly sliced diagonally
- ½ large red bell pepper - thinly sliced
- Orange slices - for garnish
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Prepare an ice bath. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add salt, then drop in thhe snow pea pods. Cook 10-15 seconds, drain and immediately immerse into the ice bath. Drain again and pat dry. Set aside.
- Combine pomegranate juice, orange juice and 2 tablespoons soy sauce in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on medium-low 20-25 minutes or until reduced to approximately ⅓ cup with a syrup consistency. Stir in chili garlic sauce and dark brown sugar. Set aside.
- Lightly oil a glass or ceramic baking dish.
- Heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon canola oil. Season salmon fillets with salt and black pepper.
- Place salmon fillets in the pan and cook until nicely browned, 2-3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to prepared baking dish. Pour glaze over salmon. Transfer to oven and bake approximately 15 minutes until cooked through to 145 degrees or desired doneness, brushing once with glaze in the pan.
- While fish is baking, heat remaining oil in sauté pan.
- Add carrots and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add red bell pepper and cook 2 more minutes. Add snow pea pods and cook 1 minute or until just heated through. Add remaining soy sauce.
- To serve, place fish over vegetables and drizzle with any remaining glaze in the pan as desired. Garnish with orange slices.
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Easy and tasty! I used snap peas instead of snow peas and only baked the salmon, skipping the pan browing. Still good 🙂
Hi, Yolande, Thanks so much and so happy you enjoyed! Yes, snap peas are a great substitute. Thanks again!
Rebecca Zbuchalski says
I love this recipe however I have a slight allergy to salmon. What white fish could I substitute with?
Hi, Rebecca, Thanks so much for your question. I would substitute sea bass. It has the richness of salmon so will stand up to the assertiveness of the pomegranate. Thanks again and hope you enjoy!!
Laura @MotherWouldKnow says
What a fabulous dinner - perfect for a weeknight, but also special enough for a romantic weekend or Valentine's Day meal. I love salmon, usually grilled. But with this delightful glaze I'm convinced to do it in the oven.
pam (Sidewalk Shoes) says
Perfect timing! I just bought some pomegranate juice to make homemade grenadine and I was wondering what to do with the rest of it!