This Za’atar Orange Salmon Recipe takes 30 minutes or less from fridge to plate! Easy marinade, crispy skin, fantastic flavor and aroma! So simple!
These days, when we are all spending so much time at home, for me at least, it’s important to remember to find new sources of joy. That’s because whether we live alone or with a big family, we all have an entirely new rhythm to our days. A new way to go to school, to work, go to the grocery, or visit friends. All inside our own home. This makes us a little…
bored, stressed and agitated restless. And, I think this results in all of us needing a little more. More stimulation. A little more humor. A little more beauty. And a little more flavor.
You know, this is really an epic time, in many ways. When we look back upon these days, I think we will all have learned things, both good and maybe not-so-good, about ourselves and new things about others. And, we may also learn some new skills – baking, sewing, a new language. No doubt we will all learn a bit more resilience. We will likely find joy in places we didn’t realize were there, with people we maybe hadn’t thought of or seen in quite a while, as well as with those we see every day. To that end, I’ve been getting in touch with many friends and family members of whom I usually think, “I really need to call Aunt Mary.” Well, now I know she’s home. We’re all home. So I call.
I also have been cooking things I’ve never cooked before. Maybe, like me, you have the “weekly rotation” – Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Chicken on Wednesday…etc. Out the window! Right now, maybe because I’m feeling a bit…..restless, I’m choosing foods and recipes that are super-charged with flavor. My spice drawer has become the MVP of my kitchen. Any recipe I can make that is simultaneously sweet/tart/salty and spicy wins the day! My search for different flavors is what led me to making this Orange Za’atar Salmon, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a fixture in my house.
Orange zest and juice combined with Za’atar spice and a nice hit of garlic melds so elegantly with tender, savory salmon. It’s not a strong flavor, but it is striking to the extent it is different from others you may have had. I’ve crisped the skin on the salmon too, for an extra treat. Because texture is as important as flavor!
So if you’re
needing seeking different and striking flavors these days, try this lovely Orange Za’atar Salmon with Crispy Skin!
And, let me know, are you cooking new recipes during these stay-at-home days? And looking for different or more intense flavors? Or are you finding comfort in old favorite recipes?
If you’re looking for other salmon recipes, don’t miss my Honey Sriracha Salmon or my My lemony salmon bowl with Za’atar-spiced Chickpeas .
Za’atar Orange Salmon Recipe Details ->
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This is one of the easiest recipes I know for infusing great flavor into a nice fillet or steak of salmon! Just a few ingredients and a little time (and a Cast-iron skillet) is all it takes!
Salmon fillets or steaks are marinated in a quick but super flavorful Orange-Za’atar marinade. Then, the skin is crisped to perfection in a Cast Iron skillet, then the salmon is finished in the oven.
Can I just finish it on the stove? You can finish it on the stove if you like, but I find it cooks more evenly when roasted.
I don’t have or don’t want to use my Cast-iron skillet. Can I roast it fully in the oven? You could also cook it entirely on a sheet pan for about 12 minutes, but you won’t end up with the crispy skin. (I always like some options when cooking!) If you’re looking for a Cast-iron skillet, I find Lodge skillets to be long lasting and inexpensive. (#notanaffiliate)
What is Za’atar? Za’atar is a Middle-Eastern spice mix made with sumac. If both of those names are foreign to you, stick with me. You’ll be glad you got to know them. I made my own Za’atar when I made this Garlicky Kale with Sweet Potatoes Recipe that I’d seen in Bon Apetit. It was so easy, just some toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme, and sumac. What awesome flavor – Earthy, spicy, tart, citrus-y! If you haven’t cooked with sumac before, it’s different than any other spice. Made from seeds of the Sumac Shrub, it is a reddish-purple powder. And it definitely deserves a place in your spice drawer!
You can likely buy Za’atar already made at your grocery store, or you can get it from Amazon already mixed and ready to use!
So make this salmon! And let me know if you loved it as much as we did!Print
Za’atar Orange Salmon
A super-easy, bright and flavorful salmon recipe. Orange zest and za’atar spice market the flavor so enticing. Make it in a Castiron pan to get that elusive super-crispy skin – oh, so tasty!
Special equipment needed: Castiron skillet
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 10-12 min
- Total Time: 20 min
- Yield: 4 Servings 1x
- Category: Seafood
- Method: Stovetop + Oven
- Cuisine: International
- 4 6 oz. Skin-on Salmon Steaks or thick Fillets
- Zest and Juice from 1 Orange
- 1/4 c (60 ml) Extra-Virgin or Light Olive Oil
- 2 T Za’atar Spice (or 2 tsp Sumac)
- 1 T Granulated Sugar
- 3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
- 1 t Salt
- 1/4 t Black Pepper
- 2 T Butter
Preheat oven to 400F (375F if Convection/Fan)
- In a small bowl or jar with a lid, mix together the orange zest and juice, olive oil, Za’atar spice, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Whisk or shake well.
- Pour into a glass baking dish.
- Place steaks or fillets, skin-side up into the marinade. Let marinate 10-30 min.
Crisp the Skin
- While oven is preheating, heat the castiron skillet over Medium-High heat on the stove.
- Remove the fillets or steaks from the marinade, keeping the skin side UP. Discard Marinade. Using paper towels or a clean cloth, carefully pat the skin dry. Sprinkle some salt over the skin.
- Melt the butter in the hot skillet. Once it is sizzling, place the salmon, skin-side DOWN, into the hot butter. Cook 2 minutes.
Cook the Salmon in the Oven.
- Place the HOT castiron pan, without moving the salmon, into the preheated oven. Roast 7 minutes for fillets, 8 mins for steaks. This will produce Medium-rare to Medium Salmon. If you like it more well done, leave for another 1-2 minutes, being careful not to overcook.
- Serving Size: 6 oz.
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