Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon

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Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon ~ an easy, healthy 30-minute meal that’s a celebration of seasonal eating. The marriage of perfectly roasted salmon and juicy clementines is heavenly!

salmon with clementines in a white baking dish

Vodka and clementine glazed salmon is seasonal eating at its best!

I love recipes that can only be made certain times of the year. In a world where you can get almost anything, at a price, all year round, this is one of those rare examples. 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 just out of the oven

Use clementines, tangerines, or Meyer lemons for this easy roasted salmon recipe

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 in a baking dish

This salmon dish is bursting with healthy omega 3s and Vitamin C!

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 ~ the health benefits are a nice bonus.

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Other fish you can use for this recipe

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, like

  • sea bass
  • cod
  • halibut or
  • mahi mahi.

Reader Rave ~

“Made this for dinner tonight. It is a keeper! Thanks!!!!”  ~ Jo

3.7 from 20 votes

Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon

Vodka and Clementine Glazed Salmon ~ an easy, healthy 30-minute meal that's a celebration of seasonal eating. Β The marriage of perfectly roasted salmon and juicy clementines is heavenly!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 -4 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • Set the oven to broil
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pour the sauce over the fish and clementines
  • Broil the fish for about 12-15 minutes, or until the fish is done to your liking. You may need to flip the clementine slices once to prevent them from burning.
  • Garnish with sprigs of fresh dill, and scoop any pan drippings over the fish before serving.
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  • Reply
    Madelene Geswaldo
    August 22, 2021 at 12:53 pm


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    Jo Tourtelotte
    February 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. It is a keeper! Thanks!!!!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Jo <3

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    January 17, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Most recipes don’t broil salmon for that long. Are you sure that broiling 15 minutes will not burn the 1 pound filet? Could you provide more detail on broiling here?

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      June 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      I have my pan set at the second to highest level, Kim, so it goes a bit slower.

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    Susan Perry
    January 25, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

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      January 26, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Gotta love mayo on fish πŸ˜‰

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    April 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    5 stars
    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!

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      April 3, 2014 at 5:41 am

      I’m so glad to hear that, Alison!

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    thyme (sarah)
    February 26, 2014 at 4:40 am

    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!

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      February 26, 2014 at 5:58 am

      Hey Sarah! I’ve made it with small tangerines, and you could try blood oranges, too, if you can find any.

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    February 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      February 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      I agree! The crates and bags are hard to plow through! This will help, for sure.

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    February 11, 2014 at 5:40 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! What does the vodka do?

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      February 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

      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.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    February 11, 2014 at 5:27 am

    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

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      February 11, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Awww, thanks! I do think it would be great for V day. You could also use little blood oranges, that would be nice, too!

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    February 11, 2014 at 5:22 am

    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.

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      February 11, 2014 at 6:58 am

      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.

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    Shannon {Cozy Country Living}
    February 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    This looks simply wonderful! I am definitely going to give this one a try! Pinning πŸ™‚

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    February 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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

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    February 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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

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    February 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    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. πŸ™‚ Those clementines sound like the best possible way to keep this both juicy and flavorful.

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    February 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    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!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    February 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

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

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    February 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

    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

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    February 10, 2014 at 7:14 am

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

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    annie @ chase that i love
    February 10, 2014 at 5:58 am

    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.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      February 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      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.

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    February 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    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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