blood orange on salmon

Broiled Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa

Blood oranges are the most beautiful sliced fruit. I found this out when I cut into one and placed it in front of the camera. It also turns out that broiled salmon with blood orange salsa is quite delicious. However, blood oranges were not easy to find. I ran across a fresh crop of them the other day at Whole Foods and snatched up several before the masses could squander them. Considering how good the salmon is at Whole Foods, I knew I had to make this broiled salmon with blood orange salsa to do it justice.

This is one of the easiest recipes I have done in a long time. It only takes a few minutes to chop up the ingredients for the salsa and the salmon broils in about 10 minutes! I have spent a lot of time recently working on complex recipes. Sometimes an easy recipe like this broiled salmon can be quite a relief after spending hours in the kitchen.

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salmon with blood orange

The salsa is so easy. Just chop up a shallot, add in the juice of one lime, a few chopped blood oranges, chopped cilantro and a bit of salt. That’s all! When you chop the blood oranges, be easy with them because they tend to fall apart if you put to much pressure when chopping.

blood oranges

You will probably want a few slices of blood oranges just so you can decorate the salmon when you are done. This makes a great show and tell item for the kids at school as well.

blood oranges and cilantro

When you cook the salmon, watch for the thick white stuff that starts to poke out the side of your fillet. This is the fat. When it comes out you know your fish is ready. If you prefer your salmon more on the rare side, take it out before the white stuff appears. This will likely be before the ten minute mark.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes COOK TIME: 10 minutes SERVINGS: 4


  • 2 lb. fillet of salmon, skin on
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 Tsbp. brown sugar
  • salt to taste

blood orange salsa:

  • 3 blood oranges, peeled and chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Set the oven to broil. Mix the melted butter, garlic, brown sugar and salt in a bowl and drizzle over salmon fillet.
  2. Broil salmon for about 9-10 minutes or until a bit of white fat starts to seep out the sides.
  3. Meanwhile, toss together all salsa ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon some salsa over your salmon, pour a glass of Pinot Grigio and watch the magic as you spoon salmon goodness into your mouth.


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