December 19, 2023

Slow Roasted Salmon with Citrus & Fennel

Slow Roasted Salmon with Citrus & Fennel

This slow baked salmon with citrus is packed with flavour from a delicious coriander, fennel and orange zest spice mixture. Roasted low and slow with fennel, shallots and more orange slices for a beautiful main dish.




For the marinade:

For the salmon:

  • 1 1/4 lb salmon fillet (skin removed, center cut prefer) 
  • 2 oranges, divided
  • 1 bulb fennel, cored and thinly sliced (fronds reserved for garnish, optional)
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 blood orange

For the marinade:

  1. In a small nonstick skillet, over medium heat, toast the whole spices (fennel and coriander), tossing and shaking the pan often just until fragrant, about three minutes. Remove and crush in a mortar and pestle, or use a coffee grinder to pulse until just ground.
  2. Add the seeds to a bowl along with all other marinade ingredients from the cilantro through to the salt. Mix well to combine.

For the salmon:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  2. Place the salmon in a baking dish or a bowl. Pour about 1/3 of the marinade mixture over the salmon and let sit while you prepare the rest.
  3. Slice one orange and place in the bottom of a baking dish. Cut the other orange in half and set aside.
  4. Place the fennel slices and shallots on top of the orange slices. Squeeze the juice from the cut orange over top of the fennel/shallots and then season with a good pinch of salt. Dollop about 1/3 of the marinade mixture over top.
  5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the baking dish and place the salmon on top, season with a small pinch of salt.
  7. Thinly slice the blood orange and scatter around the salmon. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until cooked through to your liking, depending on thickness. See notes.
  8. Remove the baking dish and lightly break apart the salmon. Serve the fennel/shallot mixture with the salmon pieces. Drizzle the remaining marinade over top and season with flaky salt if needed. Enjoy!


Baking dish size 11 x 7-inch.

For a thick salmon fillet and to cook to medium (using sushi grade salmon) 30 minutes should be sufficient.

For a more well done thick piece of salmon, 35-38 minutes should be sufficient.

For a thinner piece of salmon, start checking for doneness at 25 minutes.

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Franklin Cardiovascular
January 4, 2024
Hello Jaclyn, Your slow-roasted salmon with citrus and fennel recipe is a culinary revelation! The method of slow roasting to achieve that perfectly juicy salmon, combined with the bright, bold flavors of the marinade, is a testament to your skill and creativity in the kitchen. I particularly appreciate the focus on simplicity and the infusion of fresh, vibrant ingredients which elevate the dish to a new level of deliciousness. Thank you for sharing this, and keep those flavors coming!