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Salmon with pomegranate and orange salsa

Easy recipe for pan seared salmon topped with a spicy salsa of pomegranate, orange, onion, cilantro, hot pepper, lime juice, orange juice, cumin seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Course Fish, Main dish
Cuisine American, International, Latin fusion, Pacific Northwest
Keyword Pan seared salmon, Pomegranate salsa, Salmon with pomegranate and orange salsa
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


For the pan seared salmon:

  • 1 to 1 ½ lbs salmon cut into 4 fillets – can also use halibut, tilapia, cod, red snapper, etc
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 -3 tbs butter or oil

For the pomegranate salsa

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds or arils from ½ large pomegranate
  • 3 oranges peeled and cut into supreme style segments (all the skin/pith/membranes/seeds removed), plus any remaining juice
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 serrano peppers seeded and membranes removed, finely diced – replace with jalapeños for a milder version
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Side dishes:

  • Quinoa with tomatillo and cilantro sauce
  • Fried ripe plantains or fried green plantains


  • Mix the crushed garlic, cayenne pepper, fennel, lime juice, white wine, olive oil, salt and pepper together to prepare a marinade for the fish.
  • Let the fish marinate for 1 to 2 hrs.
  • Meanwhile to prepare the pomegranate salsa, combine the pomegranate arils, orange segments, any juice squeezed from the orange membranes, lime juice, diced onion, cilantro, Serrano peppers, cumin seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Mix the salsa well and let it rest refrigerated until ready to use.
  • Heat the butter or oil over medium high heat in a large sauté pan, add the salmon fillets and cook until browned on each side and cooked, about 3-5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  • Serve immediately with the pomegranate salsa on top or on the side.