Salmon with Lemon-Herb Orzo & Broccoli Recipe for month of May 2024


This healthy salmon dish is as balanced as it is delicious.

You add broccoli right into the pot along with the pasta during its last minute of cooking to save time here. One less thing to wash too!

Active Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup orzo, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli (about 1/2 head)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 ¼ pounds skin-on salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions, patted dry
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, chives and/or parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add orzo and cook according to package directions, adding broccoli for the last minute of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salmon with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add to the pan, skin-side up, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until the flesh is opaque, 3 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness.

  3. Whisk 2 tablespoons oil, herbs, lemon zest, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the orzo and broccoli; stir until combined.

  4. Serve the orzo mixture with the salmon and drizzle with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: Size 4 oz. salmon & 3/4 cup orzo
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 371mg
Total Carbohydrate 32g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 35g
Potassium 675mg
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