Orange Balsamic Salmon Over Pasta

Author Notes: This dish is made with wild salmon which we love! The complex flavors of the orange-balsamic sauce with anise complements the wonderful sauteed salmon and pasta flavors. We've been enjoying this recipe for more than 20 years. It's fabulous! The recipe is on our blog @
Tom and Anita Morgan

Serves: 2


Marinade and Sauce:

  • 1 T EVOO
  • 1 T Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T coarse ground black pepper
  • Sauce:
  • ¼ C EVOO
  • ¼ C Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 T(heaping) of fresh ground anise seed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ C chopped or sliced green onions or 2 T dried chives
  • 3 T warm water


  • ¾ - 1 lb. salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 8 oz tagliatelli, linguini, or angel hair pasta
  • Small can of Mandarin Oranges, drained
  • 2 parsley sprigs or 2 T chopped parsley
In This Recipe


Marinade and Sauce:

  1. Marinating Salmon: On a suitably sized plate combine 1 T each of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and black pepper. Place skinned fish in the mixture; turn to coat both sides and marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature while it warms.
  2. Preparing Sauce: Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, warm water, garlic, green onions, and ground anise seed together in a small glass bowl. Warm in warming oven at 200* F


  1. Sauteing Salmon: Lightly oil a 10” cast iron skillet and cook salmon over low heat for about 5 minutes; turn salmon over and repeat, cooking until done as you like it.
  2. Preparing Pasta: In oiled and salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente; about 6-7 minutes. Drain the pasta, rinse and put it back into the warm pot or arrange on plates warming in the warming oven at 200* F.

More Great Recipes:
Pasta|Anise|Fruit|Green Onion/Scallion|Orange|Orange Juice|Salmon|Vinegar|Seafood|Cast Iron|Fall|Spring