I love recipes that can only be made in season. In a world where you can get almost anything, at a price, all year round, this is one of those rare examples. You can only buy clementines in winter, so Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon is a special treat.

salmon with clementines

We believe in eating fish as much  as possible in our house, and it often becomes our default dinner, but because of that I sometimes get a little lazy about how I serve it.  Like salt, pepper, and lemon lazy.  A smear of mayo and breadcrumbs lazy.  But here’s an idea that elevates fish without putting you to too much bother.  In fact, one of the best things about eating fish for dinner is that you can start thinking about it half an hour before sitting down at the table.

Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon

Clementines are plentiful right now, and since they’re usually sold by the bag or crateful, you can easily set aside a few for this dish without compromising your healthy snacking habits.  I mix up a quick glaze in a saucepan and pour it over the fish before broiling.  The sliced clementines infuse an extra burst of flavor into the fish.  The vodka itself  is flavorless, but acts as a flavor enhancer, and the whole thing is simple, but very satisfying.

vodka and clementine glazed salmon

I know darn well that fish will never have the appeal of a brownie or a cheesecake, but a dish like this goes a little way toward bridging that divide.  This is a pleasure to cook and a pleasure to eat.

Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon

Yield: serves 2-3

Vodka and Clementine  Glazed Salmon


  • 1 lb fillet of salmon
  • olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 clementines, washed and sliced as thinly as possible, remove the seeds!
  • sprigs of fresh dill
    for the sauce
  • 1/2 cup clementine or orange juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce


  1. Set the oven to broil
  2. Rub the salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place skin side down in a roasting pan just big enough to fit it. Lay the clementine slices over the fish.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the juice, vodka, brown sugar and soy sauce to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until reduced by half.
  4. Pour the sauce over the fish and clementines
  5. Broil the fish for about 15 minutes, or until the fish is done to your liking. You may need to flip the clementine slices once to prevent them from burning.
  6. Garnish with sprigs of fresh dill, and scoop any pan drippings over the fish before serving.


This dish was inspired by Lazy Sunday Cooking


odka and Clementine Glazed Salmon 3

I splurged on wild Alaskan salmon this time, and boy was it good.  I love the deeper color and firmer texture.  This dish could easily be made with a firm white fish as well, something like sea bass, cod, halibut or mahi mahi,

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27 Responses to Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon

  1. Susan Perry says:

    Thanks for a timely recipe! We’re doing salmon tomorrow night and this sounds restaurant quality!
    I laughed out loud reading because mayo/panko is my go to fish prep :-)

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  3. Alison says:

    I made this for dinner about a month ago and again tonight – this is one of the best salmon recipes I’ve found! And it’s so quick and easy, too! I haven’t made it for company yet but I’m sure it will be a hit when I do. Not only is it delicious but it’s also a visual feast!

  4. Going to make this for my in-laws who are coming through town. It looks so delicious. I hope I can find clementines down here!

  5. CakePants says:

    Sounds delicious and looks beautiful! This is a good way to use up a few clementines, too – with only two of us, it’s sometimes hard to eat a whole bag of them before they go bad. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Mimi says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! What does the vodka do?

    • Sue says:

      Supposedly vodka is a flavor enhancer, it helps to bring out certain aspects of flavor that are only soluble in alcohol. I’ve been experimenting with it lately. I usually use rum or some other flavored alcohol in cooking.

  7. girl you have know idea how amazing this looks. It is like from a mag cover. SO gorgeous and so rich in flavor. I am going to be making this! my husband loves salmon. I had steak to do for friday night but now i am rethinking it over your salmon dish

  8. Joanne says:

    I’ve been trying to think of a special occasion dish that I can make after work on Friday for V-Day….and this seems pretty perfect. It is absolutely STUNNING.

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Joanne, the nice thing is that fish, compared to just about anything else, is so easy to prepare. I’d love to see this done with a whole fish for a dinner party.

  9. This looks simply wonderful! I am definitely going to give this one a try! Pinning :)

  10. Mary says:

    What a fabulous salmon dish – LOVE the idea of the vodka!
    Mary x

  11. cheri says:

    What a beautiful looking meal! I have fixed salmon many times but never with clementines or an orange like flavor. Brilliant!

  12. Eileen says:

    Hey, a beautiful fish like this would definitely come in first at our house! And not only because I live with a certain someone who hates cheesecake. :) Those clementines sound like the best possible way to keep this both juicy and flavorful.

  13. sallybr says:

    I agree with Maureen, and in fact was going to say just that… for me, this salmon wins ANY competition with a brownie or a cheesecake

    lovely colors, i can imagine the flavor! We also enjoy seafood a lot and tend to be salmon-lazy for the most part.

    This goes to my Pinterest board!

  14. I am absolutely in love with this dinner idea! Beautiful!

  15. Sue, what a FABULOUS recipe! We always cook with wine and cognac, never with vodka. Lets just say you have inspired my new way of thinking!! We love salmon and these are great flavors…wonderful!! xxoo Anna and Liz

  16. Pondside says:

    We like salmon here too, and it’s plentiful. The clementine and vodka sound delicious and worth a try. Thanks!

  17. We love salmon! I usually make super plain with garlic and lemons, but I am rather bored of that. I am going to try this next time we have salmon, which better be soon because clementine season is a-tickin’ away. I’m so exctied.

  18. That is one fine looking piece of fish~! You always have the best recipes using citrus. Love clementines and the vodka sounds like a fine addition. Have a great week! I ordered the Jerusalem cookbook you’ve mentioned a few times – can’t wait to try a few recipes!

    • Sue says:

      Oh you are going to go crazy with the cookbook, even now I can’t thumb through more than a few pages without finding something that I need to make at that very moment.

  19. I would disagree that a dish like this would take second place after a brownie. Not at my house! This dish would take pride of place for sure.

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