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This citrus salmon is a delicious citrus salmon recipe that is made with lemon, orange, olive oil, and some seasonings and herbs. A citrus infused salmon fillet that is bursting with fresh flavors. The ultimate easy dinner recipe.

Baked salmon with sliced red onions on top, with broccoli and rice on the side.

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If you love the zesty flavor of citrus this might become the best salmon you have ever eaten. From lemon slices orange slices help to decorate but also infuse the salmon with amazing flavor.

You have to try out my bacon wrapped salmon, and my pistachio crusted salmon. Both are a delicious source of omega-3 and protein.

  • Great for a large piece of fish
  • Fresh slices of orange and lemon slices
  • Sheet pan dinner
  • Great for fresh salmon
  • Popular salmon dish

Ingredients for citrus salmon

Salmon, salt, pepper, olive oil, red onion, parsley, orange, lemon, garlic, paprika, and cilantro on a countertop.
  • Salmon – You can use whole salmon or individual salmon filets.
  • Salt and Pepper – Season to taste your fish.
  • Paprika – I like classic paprika or smoked paprika.
  • Lemon and Orange You will slice the oranges and lemons into wedges.
  • Olive Oil – You will use olive oil to create a non-stick surface but also help to lock in the flavor.
  • Red Onion – You will use sliced onions as well to help flavor the salmon.
  • Herbs – For the herbs, I used cilantro and parsley for this recipe.

How To Make Citrus Salmon

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of creating citrus salmon.
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Then prepare your baking sheet and line with baking mat.
  2. Season the filet with salt, pepper, and paprika. Then set aside. (Photo 1)
  3. Zest and juice the lemon and orange, then mix the juices with oil. Then pour half of the oil mixture over the salmon. (Photos 2, 3 & 4)
Collage of topping citrus salmon.
  1. Add zest on the salmon filet and bake as directed. (Photo 5)
  2. Toss the red onions with the rest of the juice you squeezed. Then after 30 minutes, you will pour the onion mixture over the top of the salmon. (Photos 6 & 7)
  3. Add the last bit of oil with the parsley and cilantro and drizzle the oil herb mixture over the top of the salmon. (Photo 8)

Serve and enjoy the salmon fresh and warm. Make sure the minimum internal temperature is done, check the thickest part of salmon to ensure the fish is fully cooked.

Citrus salmon sitting on a gray plate.

How to Store

Store any leftover salmon in an airtight container and refrigerate for 1-3 days. Then you can reheat the salmon in the microwave or a preheated oven until warm. Just place the skin side down.

Or you can eat the salmon cold; I love using the leftover salmon in a cold salad. I like the slice up the cold salmon for the salad.

Possible Substitutions/Additions

  • You can make a citrusy sauce and fresh herbs to drizzle over the salmon.
  • Add a little butter to make a buttery salmon. Drizzle with melted butter.
  • Swap with sesame oil instead of olive oil.
  • Check to ensure the fish flakes.
  • Swap lemon with lime juice.
  • Cara Cara oranges or even blood oranges work great.
  • Top with fresh dill instead of cilantro and parsley.

Recipe FAQs

How often should you eat salmon?

You can eat salmon 2-3 times a week. You will find salmon is a food that you will not want to eat too much throughout the week.

Is salmon healthier than chicken?

Depending on the ingredients used with the salmon, you will find salmon does offer more health benefits than chicken. Salmon is a great source of protein and has vitamins and minerals.

Citrus Salmon topped with sliced red onions with broccoli and rice on the sides.

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Plate of rice, broccoli, and Citrus Salmon.
5 from 1 vote

Citrus Salmon

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes, Sea Food
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Citrus Salmon is a delicious salmon filet that is seasoned with lemon and orange and spices to create the ultimate salmon dinner.


  • 3 lb (1 ⅓ kg) Salmon can use individual filets
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Orange
  • cup (72 g) Olive Oil or more as needed
  • ½ Red Onion sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley leaves chopped


  • Preheat oven to 250 °F (121 °C).
  • Place salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Season salmon with salt, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
  • Zest and juice the lemon and orange. Combine the orange and lemon juices with the olive oil. Pour half over the salmon.
  • Sprinkle the lemon and orange zest over the salmon, then place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the sliced red onions in a bowl and toss with half of the remaining olive oil-juice mixture (about 2 Tablespoons).
  • After 30 minutes, remove the salmon from the oven and sprinkle the onions overtop.
  • Return salmon to oven and continue to bake for 10-15 minutes until salmon reaches an internal temperature of 135 °F (57 °C)
  • Combine the last bit of the olive oil juice mixture with the cilantro and parsley leaves.
  • Once the salmon is done baking, drizzle the oil-herb mixture overtop.


  • Salmon – You can use whole salmon or salmon filets. 
  • Oranges – Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges, or a classic orange work. 
  • Lemon – Instead of lemon, you could use lime instead. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 336kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) Protein: 34g (68%) Fat: 20g (31%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 94mg (31%) Sodium: 367mg (16%) Potassium: 901mg (26%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 219IU (4%) Vitamin C: 19mg (23%) Calcium: 34mg (3%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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