A Super-Simple Orange-Ginger Salmon Recipe

Photo: My Nguyen

I know this picture may look intimidating to the amateur chef, but it’s actually one of my more Cooking for Dummies-level recipes. My mother-in-law loves my salmon and says it melts like butter when you bite into it. In fact, she insists I invite her over every time I make it.

Orange-Ginger Salmon

Ingredients for Salmon Marinade

  • 3 to 4 (6- to 8-oz.) salmon fillets
  • juice of 2 oranges or ½ cup orange juice (but fresh is always best in my book)
  • 2 oz. fresh sliced ginger or 1½ tablespoons ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • avocado oil spray or olive oil spray
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 oz. clamshell of spring mix salad
  • 2 oranges, sliced


1. Add all ingredients in a large plastic bag and marinate 2 hours in refrigerator.

2. Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a large baking dish, spray avocado oil, place salmon skin-down, and pour remaining marinade from bag.

3. Bake salmon for 20 to 25 minutes. The marinade will caramelize to a brown glaze from the sugars of the syrup and orange juice. Brush the glaze over the top of the salmon for a richer flavor.

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Crispy Quinoa

If you’ve never cooked quinoa, it’s just like cooking rice: 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. So, for 1 cup quinoa, add 2 cups water. In a small saucepan, bring to a boil and then simmer for 12 minutes.

Bring it up a notch and fry your quinoa in avocado oil for a crispy, nuttier flavor. Add 1 tablespoon avocado oil per ½ cup cooked quinoa in a pan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Toss in your salad, cut up some sliced oranges, and drizzle the leftover glaze from your salmon pan.

Recipe was excerpted with permission from My Healthy Dish: More Than 85 Fresh & Easy Recipes for the Whole Family by My Nguyen. Photos by Adit Gupta V/A Photography.

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