Salmon With Cranberry Sauce

Salmon with Cranberry Sauce

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
271 Calories
9g Fat
42g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 271
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 8g
Calcium 44mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The combination of smooth and nutty salmon with a sweet and tart sauce made of cranberries, onion, sugar, orange juice, and currant jelly is just fabulous. This is a wonderful recipe to serve to company. It is beautiful and tasty and simple to make. The color contrast of the dish alone is enough to make your mouth water.

For a perfect meal, serve some steamed asparagus, a fruit salad with strawberries, melon, and raspberries, and some toasted garlic bread with this wonderful salmon. A glass or two of white wine is the perfect complement.


  • 6 (5 to 6 ounce) center-cut salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup red currant jelly
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place salmon on a broiler rack that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons melted butter, salt, and pepper. Brush over salmon and set aside.

  4. In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, about 6 to 7 minutes.

  5. Add cranberries, brown sugar, granulated sugar, currant jelly, orange juice, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the onion mixture in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low.

  6. Simmer the sauce for 15 to 20 minutes until cranberries pop and sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

  7. Preheat broiler.

  8. Broil salmon 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until fish flakes when a fork is inserted and twisted.

  9. Serve fish with sauce. Enjoy!

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.


Choose center-cut salmon fillets for the prettiest presentation. You can make this recipe with salmon steaks; you'll just need to increase the cooking time to about 12 to 15 minutes. Cook the salmon until it just barely flakes when tested with a fork. Salmon can be served slightly undercooked, but I think it is most tender when just barely but fully, cooked.