Panko Rosemary Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce
Main Courses - meatless, Seafood

Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce

Wow, the two ingredients for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge stumped me for a bit this month: citrus and bread crumbs.

CIC - citrus and breadcrumbs

I’d be shocked I am the only one in the group to make something breaded with an orange sauce, but I have a secret ingredient. This Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce is simple and quick and delicious and healthy and can be made gluten-free if desired. Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce

With all of the heavy foods I have been eating and will be eating this holiday season I wanted this recipe to be light and healthy. It only has five ingredients because I wanted the simplicity of the flavors to stand out, particularly the salmon, rosemary and citrus. Looking at the picture above you might think the secret ingredient is bell peppers, but you’d be wrong. It is candied citrus peel fruit cake mix! Candied Citrus Peel

Isn’t it gorgeous? Moist and finely chopped. Unlike most store bought mixes that are huge dried out chunks. No wonder many people hate fruit cake. But these were so delicious I could have eaten them straight.

I need to head back to Winco Foods to get more because I already used it all up for this and another one coming in a few weeks. FYI, Winco is not a sponsor of the post, but I don’t know if any other store has this in bulk like they do. If all you can get is the bigger pieces just chop them up to about 1/8 inch dice.

To make the recipe, I gathered the ingredients. I used fresh squeezed OJ because it’s what I had. Panko Crusted Salmon ingredients

I combined the chopped rosemary and panko and pressed it onto the salmon fillet. Bread the salmon with the panko/rosemary mixture

While the salmon cooked, I combined the orange juice and citrus peel in a saucepan. Orange juice and candied citrus peel

And 10 minutes later everything was done. Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce

Be sure to check out what the other bloggers made with these ingredients. And if you want to join us one of these months, contact Dawn at Spatulas on Parade.

Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce

Prep time2 minutes
Cook time10 minutes
Total time12 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Meatless Main Dishes, Seafood
Panko and Rosemary Crusted Salmon pan seared then topped with a sauce made from orange juice and candied orange peel fruit cake mix.


  • 1lb salmon fillets (four 4-ounce fillets)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (gluten free if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup candied citrus peel (1/8 - 1/4 inch dice)
  • olive oil or cooking spray


Most store bought fruit cake mix citrus peel is in larger pieces, I was able to find one that was a very small dice. You can use homemade, or use a little marmalade or peel the zest off of an orange (orange part only) and finely chop that with a little sweetener of your choice.


Combine bread crumbs and rosemary and press approximately 1/4 cup on both sides of each salmon fillet.
Bread the salmon with the panko/rosemary mixture
Spray a cast iron skillet with cooking spray or spread a small amount of olive oil on the surface. Bring to a medium high heat. Cook the salmon, approximately 3-5 minutes a side.
While salmon is cooking, heat the orange juice and citrus peel in a saucepan over medium heat.
Orange juice and candied citrus peel
When salmon is cooked, serve immediately with a few tablespoons of sauce on top.
Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce

One final reminder – only 2 more days left to enter the $350 cash giveaway for the Ultimate Virtual Cookie and Goodie Party. THe Ultimate Cookie and Goodies Virtual Party Until next time, happy eating. ~Audrey

10 thoughts on “Panko Crusted Salmon with Orange Sauce”

  1. Oh I am sending this right to the hubs! He’s the chef in this house and we love fish. He’s actually out fishing today with his buds, so if he brings home some dinner I’ll tell him to check his email and use this recipe!!

    Thanks so much!!

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