Pan-Seared Salmon with Candied Orange Peel & Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing

Pan-Seared Salmon

with Candied Orange Peel & Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing

3 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

The savory, Thanksgiving-style stuffing we created as a side dish for this tender, flaky, seared salmon is dotted with jewel-like cranberries and crunchy walnuts. Its burst of bright citrus flavor comes from fresh-squeezed orange juice. We also candied the orange peel by coating it in sugar and caramelizing it in the oven, to create an intensely flavorful garnish that tastes as good as it looks.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    530 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Pan-Seared Salmon with Candied Orange Peel & Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing
Title
  • 2 Skin-On Salmon Fillets
  • 1 Demi Baguette
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 bunch Sage
  • 1 bunch Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ cup Dried Cranberries
  • ¼ cup Walnuts
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the baguette into ½-inch cubes. Peel and mince the garlic. Using a knife or vegetable peeler, peel off 6 long strips of orange peel, avoiding the white pith; reserve the remaining orange. Peel and small dice the parsnip and onion. Small dice the celery. Pick the parsley, sage and thyme leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop the sage, thyme and all but a few parsley leaves (reserve the whole parsley for garnish). Roughly chop the walnuts.

Make the orange supremes:
2 Make the orange supremes:

Cut away and discard the remaining white pith of the orange. Cut out the segments (or supremes) from between the membranes; place them in a small bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into a separate bowl; discard the membranes. To the bowl of supremes, add half the thyme and 1 teaspoon olive oil; toss gently to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Candy the orange peel & toast the bread cubes:
3 Candy the orange peel & toast the bread cubes:

Place the bread cubes on a sheet pan. Bake 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned and crunchy. Transfer the toasted bread to a large bowl and wipe off the baking sheet. Place the sugar on a plate. Completely coat the orange peel strips in the sugar. Transfer the coated strips to the baking sheet. Bake 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly browned. (Watch these closely as they can burn easily.) Remove from the oven; immediately flip the orange peels over to prevent sticking. Let cool.

Start the stuffing:
4 Start the stuffing:

While the bread cubes toast, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, parsnip, celery and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the sage, thyme and chopped parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until well combined and heated through.

Finish the stuffing:
5 Finish the stuffing:

Stir the toasted bread cubes, cranberries, walnuts, reserved orange juice and 1 cup of water into the pan of vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Transfer the stuffing to a baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, then uncover and bake 9 to 11 minutes longer, or until browned and crisped on the top.

Cook the salmon & plate your dish:
6 Cook the salmon & plate your dish:

While the stuffing bakes, season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the seasoned salmon, skinless side down first. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Divide the stuffing and salmon between the plates. Top each salmon fillet with the orange supremes and strips of candied orange peel. Garnish with the whole parsley leaves. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the baguette into ½-inch cubes. Peel and mince the garlic. Using a knife or vegetable peeler, peel off 6 long strips of orange peel, avoiding the white pith; reserve the remaining orange. Peel and small dice the parsnip and onion. Small dice the celery. Pick the parsley, sage and thyme leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop the sage, thyme and all but a few parsley leaves (reserve the whole parsley for garnish). Roughly chop the walnuts.

2 Make the orange supremes:

Cut away and discard the remaining white pith of the orange. Cut out the segments (or supremes) from between the membranes; place them in a small bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into a separate bowl; discard the membranes. To the bowl of supremes, add half the thyme and 1 teaspoon olive oil; toss gently to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Candy the orange peel & toast the bread cubes:
3 Candy the orange peel & toast the bread cubes:

Place the bread cubes on a sheet pan. Bake 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned and crunchy. Transfer the toasted bread to a large bowl and wipe off the baking sheet. Place the sugar on a plate. Completely coat the orange peel strips in the sugar. Transfer the coated strips to the baking sheet. Bake 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly browned. (Watch these closely as they can burn easily.) Remove from the oven; immediately flip the orange peels over to prevent sticking. Let cool.

4 Start the stuffing:

While the bread cubes toast, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, parsnip, celery and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Stir in the sage, thyme and chopped parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until well combined and heated through.

Start the stuffing:
Finish the stuffing:
5 Finish the stuffing:

Stir the toasted bread cubes, cranberries, walnuts, reserved orange juice and 1 cup of water into the pan of vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Transfer the stuffing to a baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, then uncover and bake 9 to 11 minutes longer, or until browned and crisped on the top.

6 Cook the salmon & plate your dish:

While the stuffing bakes, season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the seasoned salmon, skinless side down first. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Divide the stuffing and salmon between the plates. Top each salmon fillet with the orange supremes and strips of candied orange peel. Garnish with the whole parsley leaves. Enjoy!

Cook the salmon & plate your dish:
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