Salmon with Lemon-Herb Orzo & Broccoli


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!

Salmon with Lemon-Herb Orzo & Broccoli
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 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)

425 Calories
17g Fat
32g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4 oz. salmon & 3/4 cup orzo
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 35g 70%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Vitamin A 1308IU 26%
Sodium 371mg 16%
Potassium 675mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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