Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon is a flaky and succulent fish recipe slathered in an easy sweet, savory, spicy pomegranate molasses orange glaze. Perfect for the Holidays and ready in under 30 Minutes!
Why you are going to LOVE Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
You are going to love this Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon recipe as it a snap to throw together, has only a handful of ingredients, easy enough for weeknights but fancy enough for guest. We have you covered. However, one of the reasons why we love it as it celebrates seasonal produce of oranges and pomegranates and is a gorgeous holiday meal. If you like the little savory and sweet combination of this recipe, you will also enjoy our Pineapple Glazed Salmon.
How many of you celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes?
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is also known as Festa dei Sette Pescior or sometimes La Vigilia. This feast is an Italian-American Celebration of the sea. However, not all of Italy celebrates this feast but some of the southern areas do. An interesting fact is that this celebration has really taken off in America. It might even be more prominent in the US compared to some parts of Italy.
Why is the Feast of seven fishes celebrated?
Eating fish on Christmas Eve dates back from the Roman Catholic Custom of abstinence from eating meat and dairy on certain holidays, like Christmas. It is much like a fast and a feast at the same time. How did this all come about to be celebrated? We do not know for certain. For some it seems like fish is the cheaper or option for the poorer and meats and cheeses were more set aside for the rich. Therefore, fish is somewhat a fast by only eating fish but is also a feast to celebrate the holiday with family.
Why the number 7?
Once again, we do not really know how it all became to be the special 7 fish dishes. Some feel it is because the number 7 was repeated more than 700 times in the bible. There were the seven sacraments, the seven days for the creation and of course the seven deadly sins. Did you know that some Italian families serve up to 12 fish dishes? Some feel that this may be correlated to the 12 apostles? We could speculate on the why for hours but let’s instead concentrate on how delicious this feast is with the addition of the Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon.
Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon is a fabulous addition to the Feast of the Seven Fishes
Steaming a whole fish is sublime. However, we know it is difficult to find fresh whole seafood around the world. Therefore, a nice fish fillet is a great option. Salmon has a bold flavor and can stand up to the bold flavors of the pomegranate molasses. We used delicious Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) from Mie Radici, seasonal navel oranges and pomegranate molasses to bring this recipe to the next level.
What types of fish dishes do you serve with this Holiday Feast?
Mussels, clams and linguini, fried calamari, shrimp, salted cod, antipasti of crudo (marinated raw seafood), and a million other ways. Fried seafood is a common element but we are not real fond of fried foods as your poor little liver must work so hard to metabolize all that fat. Instead, we prefer steamed, baked, sautéed or grilled options for making our fish dishes. Be sure to check out our Ultimate guide on 10 Different Ways to Cook Salmon for more recipe inspiration. How about you? Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon is a great addition as it frees up your stove top so that you are free to make your other dishes.
Baked Holiday Fish
Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon is a delicious main. Pomegranate molasses in not a traditional Italian ingredient but is common in the Middle East. That is exactly the point! There are no rules for the feast. Eat what you enjoy and is seasonal. The gathering of the family and enjoying delicious fish and seafood feast and time together is in the spirit of the holiday.
Side Dishes to go with Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
We made our Crispy Roasted Cauliflower Bites on a sheet pan before we added the fish as to save on pans and time. A delicious addition to complete the meal. Don’t you just love the crispy ends of roasted cauliflower. The best! A bright and beautiful Holiday Salad is a delicious addition to this meal as well. Be sure to end your meal with our Chewy Mandarin Orange Cookies or our Rich and Creamy Tiramisu.
Wishing your family, a safe and happy holiday season from our family to yours!
Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
- Salmon fillets – 1 pound (cut into 4 even sections with skin)
- EVOO – 2 tablespoons (we used Mie Radici Nocellara Organic Reserve)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Juice of a fresh orange – 3 tablespoons
- Pomegranate molasses – ⅓ cup
- Tamari sauce – 2 tablespoons
- Zest of orange – 1.5 teaspoons
- Garlic – 2 cloves minced
- Crushed Red pepper chili flakes – ½ teaspoon (optional)
- Pomegranate seeds - ¼ cup as garnish (optional)
- Parsley and orange slices – garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
- Slather your salmon fish on all sides with EVOO, salt and pepper and squeeze over about 3 tablespoons of orange juice over salmon fillets. Line your baking tray with aluminum foil and spray with oil. (You can thank us later. Pomegranate molasses is difficult to clean up once baked)
- Bake for about 9 minutes (depends on how big your salmon slices are).
- In the meantime, mix pomegranate molasses, tamari sauce, orange zest, garlic, chili flakes. Set aside.
- Reduce baking temperature to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) for the last 3 minutes of baking fish. Next, slather over the pomegranate glaze and bake for about 3 minutes.
- Fish is cooked when flakes easily with fork and is no longer translucent (cooking time is determined by the size of your fish fillet). Garnish fish with fresh pomegranate seeds, parsley and orange slices.