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Almond Crusted Honey Mandarin Salmon

Almond crusted honey mandarin salmon is one of the most delicious and easy salmon recipes you’ll ever make! The sweet honey mandarin salmon has a crunchy almond crust with lots of flavor and natural health benefits from salmon and almonds. Make this healthy salmon dinner part of your weekly meal plan!

Almond Crusted Honey Mandarin Salmon

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One of my favorite “Feel Good” meals is broiled salmon and veggies. It really doesn’t get much healthier than that does it? I haven’t been cooking as much fish as I used because my son can’t eat it. We haven’t had him officially tested yet, but we think he has an allergy. I usually end up cooking fish on nights that I have leftovers of something else that I can give him for dinner so that I don’t have to prepare two separate main courses. The rest of us love fish so I am making an effort to plan better so that we can have it regularly again.

The best thing about fish dinners like this almond crusted honey mandarin salmon are how quickly they cook up, usually in just about 10-15 minutes!

Turn on the broiler and prepare a salad or saute some vegetables while your fish cooks and you have yourself the perfect “Feel Good” healthy dinner.

I don’t know about you, but this time of year, I need more of these types of healthy meals to balance out the other types of meals. You know, those indulgent ones that tend to creep up every other day or so during the holidays. 😉

Honey Mandarin Salmon with Almond Crust

For this easy broiled salmon recipe, I used the juice of a couple of mandarin oranges (or are they clementines, I have always called them clementines – what is the difference?) that are starting to pop up in crates in the grocery store. We eat them like crazy at our house and I am so happy to see that they are back in season! I combined the juice with some honey, smoked paprika and crunchy almonds for a flavorful, light coating and sauce.

I served this Honey Mandarin Salmon with Almond Crust with a simple spinach salad with red onion, feta and vinaigrette – it was delicious!

Almond Crusted Honey Mandarin Salmon


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Honey Mandarin Salmon with Almond Crust

Yield: 6 4oz servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8-9 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 6 4oz salmon filets (or 1 1/2 lbs salmon)
  • 2 mandarins (or clementines), juiced
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, crushed
  • big pinch kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  1. Preheat broiler. Set rack 2-3 levels down from top of broiler.
  2. In a small bowl combine juice of mandarins (or clementines), honey, paprika, almonds, salt and pepper.
  3. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on a roasting pan. Place each salmon filet on roasting pan. Drizzle oil lightly over salmon fillets and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon honey-mandarin-almond sauce evenly over each salmon filet. Be sure to spread the almonds and juice so that top of salmon is covered.
  5. Place in oven and broil for 8-10 minutes until salmon is cooked through and flakes with a fork. Be careful not to burn the almonds (reason for lowering rack in oven).

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19 Responses to “Almond Crusted Honey Mandarin Salmon”

  1. Kay @ The GO Mamas posted November 17, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Clementines are a go-to goodie around my house too, I love that you used them in this quick and tasty recipe. My daughter loves salmon but is allergic to nuts, but I think it would taste great w/o them.

  2. Larry posted November 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Delicious and nutritious.

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted November 17, 2014 at 8:16 am

    We bought a TON of citrus this week – I love winter fruit!! This looks awesome!

  4. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen posted November 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Ooooo – you just gave me a great idea, and I have a huge salmon in the fridge right now!

  5. Patricia @ Grab a Plate posted November 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Love the citrus, which adds great flavor to so many things. This looks fab coated in almonds – just lovely!

  6. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer posted November 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

    This looks fabulous, Aggie. My family would LOVE this!

  7. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted November 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    We eat salmon once a week at our house, I’m always on the hunt for new recipes!!! This one sounds so great, I love nuts on my fish 🙂

  8. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted November 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    This one is going on my menu next week. I’m hitting up Costco Thursday so I’ll pick up some salmon and I’m so doing this with it! Just lovely, Aggie. And, LOVE your new design 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you so much Valerie! Still tweaking some things but it’s such a fresh new happy place for me 🙂 I love getting my salmon at Costco, I always pick up the frozen wild salmon and it’s really good!

  9. Gaby posted November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I totally agree that it helps to throw a few healthier options in the mix with all the indulgence this time of year. This salmon sounds perfect!!!

  10. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted November 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I have to try this asap! It sounds so delicious and my guys would love it!

  11. Mary posted November 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    No one can make salmon look more amazing than you do, Aggie. This sounds delicious!

  12. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted November 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Oh Aggie, this looks awesome!

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted November 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Mmmmm…I love the sound of this!!

  14. Christie - Food Done Light posted November 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This sounds fantastic. I love that you used fresh mandarins.

  15. Glenda Tavenner posted November 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    This looks wonderful. I’m always looking for a new recipe for salmon. We love it but, I like to change it up now and again.

  16. Jenny Flake posted November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

    This is one gorgeous salmon dish Aggie! Totally trying it soon! Have a great weekend!!

  17. athletic avocado posted November 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    yum love the flavor combos!!!


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