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Easy Blood Orange BBQ Oven Baked Salmon

This 3 ingredient Orange BBQ Oven Baked Salmon is an easy dinner recipe ready in under 30 minutes and you can easily add vegetables to the tray for an even more hands off dinner.

a fish shaped plate with salmon and sides on a woven mat

I’ve been making this salmon for a while now and everyone in my house gets so excited when they find out it’s on the menu. Seriously, even my kids cheer!

I love how simple it is, how few ingredients it uses, and the fact that no one complains about it (rare feat sometimes). Salmon is a great mild tasting fish if your family is wary of seafood and it can pair well with whatever starch is a favorite in your house.

You can pair this oven baked salmon with Orange Quinoa and a citrus salad like I did here. Other good sides would be Parmesan Rosemary Rolls, Apple Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad, and Oven Roasted Garlic and Herb Potatoes.

Ingredients you need

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Salmon fillet
uncooked salmon, an orange. and barbecue sauce on a wooden table

I use a blood orange for this. They have a distinctive dark red color on the inside even if the skin on the outside doesn’t seem that much different from a regular orange. Blood oranges have a strong sweet flavor and are a great option in the colder months as they are a winter fruit.

For the barbecue sauce, you can choose any brand and variety that is your favorite. I usually stick with a simple mesquite and avoid any of the sauces that have a strong sweet flavor so that the blood orange juice can lend the sweetness.

How To Make Oven Baked Salmon

raw salmon covered in bbq sauce on a parchment covered tray
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the freshly squeezed orange juice with the barbecue sauce.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with either foil or parchment paper. Lay salmon fillet skin side down onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush, cover the salmon with the orange barbecue sauce.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the salmon reaches 135°F when measured at the thickest part of the fillet. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and lightly cover the salmon with foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Other salmon recipes to try

Tips and Tricks

What temperature should salmon be cooked to?

According to the USDA salmon should be cooked to a minimum of 145 degrees F when measured at the thickest part of the salmon fillet.

A good meat thermometer will always be your friend when cooking meats to the perfect temperature. I use my Thermoworks thermopen all the time to make sure I don’t overcook or under cook my meat.

I’ve found the perfect time to pull the salmon from the oven is when the fish has reached 135 degrees F when measured at the thickest part. Cover with foil and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes. The fish will continue to cook as it rests.

How do you know when salmon is finished?

You will know when salmon is finished baking when you can easily flake the meat with a fork. If you follow my advice above and use a meat thermometer you will be fine!

Top tips for cooking with kids

This is a super easy recipe to allow kids to make on their own. If you have little ones, allow them to mix up the sauce and brush it on.

Use a large than necessary bowl when kids are involved. That way when they get overly enthusiastic in their mixing it has a better shot at staying inside the bowl.

Kids will also have a great time “painting” the salmon with the sauce!

See here for more tips on cooking with kids!

orange bbq salmon on a blue plate with citrus salad and quinoa

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Recipe

a fish shaped plate with salmon and sides on a woven mat

Orange BBQ Oven Baked Salmon

This easy 3 ingredient Orange BBQ Oven Baked Salmon is ready in about 30 minutes which makes it a great option for a busy weeknight dinner.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings5
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce classic mesquite is what I used
  • 2 lbs salmon fillet

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the freshly squeezed orange juice with the barbecue sauce.
  • Line a cookie sheet with either foil or parchment paper. Lay salmon fillet skin side down onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush, cover the salmon with the orange barbecue sauce.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the salmon reaches 135°F when measured at the thickest part of the fillet. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and lightly cover the salmon with foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

According to the USDA salmon should be cooked to a minimum of 145 degrees F when measured at the thickest part of the salmon fillet.
A good meat thermometer will always be your friend when cooking meats to the perfect temperature. I use my Thermoworks thermopen all the time to make sure I don’t overcook or under cook my meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 780mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love the pairing of the orange with the salmon, it makes for such a great flavour combined with the BBQ sauce!

  2. 5 stars
    Ooh I love the pairing with the blood orange, I never would have thought of it but it worked so well! And so easy too

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