Crispy Skin Salmon with Fresh Orange Juice

 I love this recipe!  It is a super fast one from Cooking Light that I have run in the ground at my house because it take no time to pull together. Salmon is so versatile.  Pair it with most any of your favorite  side dishes.  I like asparagus , broccoli or squash.  Maybe even a combination of all three.    For that matter I like it right out of the pan on top of a big salad that is both delicious and nutritious.  You don’t need a lot of ingredients.  Another reason to love it.    Just pick up salmon, salt, pepper, orange juice and olive oil. The recipe calls for fresh orange juice, but Minute Maid out of the carton will work fine.   So here’s what you do.

Pick up one salmon fillet per person with the skin on.

Squeeze about 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice for 2 fillets.

Then cooking it is a piece of cake.

Crispy Skin Salmon from Cooking Light

  • 2 salmon fillets with skin on
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (they used cooking spray I prefer not to use spray because it will ruin my cookware)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup of fresh orange juice
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  2. Sprinkle salmon fillets evenly with salt and pepper. 
  3.  When the skillet is hot add olive oil. 
  4. Add salmon skin side down.  Cook for about 4 minutes. 
  5. Turn salmon over and cook for about 3-4 minutes.  A note from experience here.  Fish takes about 10 minutes to cook for each inch of thickness.  Adjust cooking time according to the thickness of the salmon. I prefer to cook it longer when the skin side is down if it is a little thicker.
  6. Add orange juice to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds or until liquid almost evaporates and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.


Happy cooking,

The Teacher Cooks



Filed under easy, Fish, Main dish, quick

9 responses to “Crispy Skin Salmon with Fresh Orange Juice

  1. Yummy! Looks delicious and very easy (especially for someone who’s time-challenged like myself :-))

  2. I love this recipe! My grandfather just got back from a fishing trip in Alaska with tons of salmon and I’ve been on the hunt for simple salmon recipes to share with him. Definitely passing this one along…thank you 🙂 More importantly, perhaps, I love your blog! I am a teacher as well…high school English out in Arizona. I’m having a great time looking around here 🙂

  3. I’m grinning like a cheshire cat, Wanda. Great timing. I have some salmon in the fridge as was just debating how to cook it. 🙂

  4. Always looking for a healthy recipe for fish..This sounds really good!

  5. I love recipes that are quick, easy and sound delicious. We’re trying to eat more fish- this is perfect. Thanks for sharing! (Another teacher here too- I teach the little guys though- 2nd grade!)

  6. i rarely feel this way when it comes to fish, but what you’ve made looks really appetizing! the zing from the orange is quite the draw. great recipe and method, wanda!

  7. megan w.

    I don’t really like salmon, but orange juice sounds wonderful!

  8. okay, you’ve won me from across the world!..I was looking for Crispy skin salmon recipes, easy on the palette and simple to make for my cooking course at Tafe (college institute). And there you were! With your deliciously looking salmon & easy to do recipe. But what mostly won me over was the orange juice you included. I thought I was the only one who puts orange juice/zest with everything! It really does give food a ‘ZING!”.Just wondering though, if I could you use your salmon pic to add to my recipe assignment please? thank you….Smiley:)

  9. evie

    i love salmon but dont know how to prepare it, I was searching for a easy recipe on how to cook same. thanks, this is a must try I’ll give you my take on it.


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