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Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa

I love salmon, and this is a really vibrant, delicious way to eat it for summer. After seasoning the salmon steaks, I brush them with a bit of agave - it makes it so that when the salmon hits the grill, it forms a really delicious caramelized crust. Citrus and fish make a perfect pairing in my book, and the bright citrus "salsa" adds a ton of flavor to brighten it up. Orange segments, lemon juice, briney capers, herby parsley, fresh mint... it's such a delicious little condiment, sort of a mix between a salsa and a slaw, and it's really delicious with virtually any seafood.

grilled salmon with citrus salsa

Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa


Main Course

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

8 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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    For The Salsa:

  • 2 large oranges
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 scallions (finely sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons capers (rinsed, drained and coarsely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For The Salmon:

  • Vegetable or canola oil (for oiling the grill)
  • 4 4 to 5-ounce center cut salmon fillets, skinned, each about 3-inches square
  • 2 tablespoons amber agave nectar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the salsa: Peel and trim the ends from each orange. Using a paring knife, cut along the membrane on both sides of each segment. Free the segments and add them to a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, scallions, mint, capers, orange zest, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Toss lightly and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. For the salmon: Put a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Brush the grilling rack with vegetable oil to keep the salmon from sticking. Brush the salmon on both sides with the agave nectar and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until the fish flakes easily and is cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Transfer the salmon to a platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon the salsa verde on top of the salmon or serve on the side as an accompaniment.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
18 grams
36 grams
28 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
97 milligrams
191 milligrams
2 grams
14 grams
gluten free
nut free

3 reviews & comments

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    Leticia Gushiken

    Dejar Giada, I souls Like gluten free pizza, I donut unos how to make IT, Can I to make with rice fluor? Thanks a lot.

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    Pavel Kurecka

    Easy, light, and non-dairy.

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    Pavel Kurecka

    Easy, light, andnon-dairy.

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