Roast Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze

This tangy pomegranate glaze on roast salmon topped with quick pickled onions and a scoop of herb mayo is everything you want in a delicious seafood supper.

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I have to say that I was so excited to cook this after I spotted it on the Dish, a beautiful food magazine in New Zealand.  I love a delectable salmon meal over the holidays and this one with it’s diverse and complementary flavours is the perfect choice.

I didn’t have the pomegranate molasses you need for the glaze so I made my own.  There is a great recipe from Alton Brown on the Food Network that works wonderfully.  Now I have a whole jar of this amazing syrup and I can’t wait to find new ways to use it.  I think I’ll try it on some chicken next!

There is only one word for the addition of herby mayo – sublime!  The combination of all the flavours in this dish are truly inspired.  I know I’m a little over the top on my love for this recipe but it’s truly one of the best salmon dishes I’ve had!

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The recipe has lots of moving parts but is actually simple in it’s preparation.  I love that it calls for brining the salmon to avoid the milky white fat from rising to the top.  It didn’t completely disappear but it definitely made a difference.

I used red pearl onions because I wanted a milder flavour.  My partner in crime said that he’d like to try caramelized onions instead of pickled and I know I would love some crispy deliciousness on top of the fish too. Next time!

This is an ideal meal anytime but I think it would be extra special on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

I’m taking some holiday time so I will see you again in the new year.  Happy Holidays to everyone.  Enjoy this precious time with family and friends!

Roast Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze

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Serves: 8-10 Cooking Time: Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 12-15 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1½ tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 5½ cups cold water
  • 1.5-kilogram (approx) side of salmon
  • dill fronds, to garnish
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced (U used milder pearl onions)
  • 1 cup natural Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup good-quality egg mayonnaise (I used Best Foods)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped capers, plus 1 tablespoon whole to garnish
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus a few fronds to garnish
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



Salmon: Mix the olive oil with the garlic, pomegranate molasses and cumin seeds in a small bowl. Set aside.


Put the salt in a big roasting dish, deep enough to lay the salmon in, and with capacity for 6 cups of water. Add ½ cup boiling water to the salt and whisk to dissolve it. Top up with the 5½ cups of cold water and leave to cool.


Add the salmon, flesh side down, and leave in the brine for 30 minutes – this will help to prevent the milky white fat from rising to the top of the salmon while cooking.


Quick-pickled onion: Put the vinegar and sugar in a small non- reactive bowl and whisk to dissolve the sugar. Add the onion, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Herby yoghurt mayo: Mix the yoghurt, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the chopped capers, dill and mint, and season to taste. For a little extra drama, a drizzle of pomegranate molasses swirled through the mayo is also a tasty option. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Preheat the oven to 230°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.


Remove the salmon from the brine and pat dry. Lay skin-side down on the baking paper. Brush the olive oil mixture over the salmon flesh. Bake for 10–15 minutes. I did 15 minutes for my 1.5-kilogram salmon piece, but if your salmon is smaller, stick to 12 minutes or less – you really don’t want to overcook it.


Once cooked, the salmon can be served immediately or refrigerated until half an hour before serving. When ready to serve, garnish with the dill and drained onion and serve with the herby yoghurt mayo, garnished with capers and dill fronds.

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Tangy pomegranate glaze on roast salmon topped with quick pickled onions and a scoop of herb mayo. From Simply Fresh Dinners!


  • Reply
    December 19, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Hi Robyn, this is my ideal holiday meal for sure. Did not know that brining kept the fat from rising to the top, always learn something interesting from you. Happy holidays!!!
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      December 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Hiya Cheri,
      I know you love salmon as much as I do! Isn’t that an interesting trick with the fat? Have a wonderful Christmas! You’ve been so busy you must be ready for a nice break 🙂
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    blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    December 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Merry Christmas, Robyn! Have a wonderful holiday and a great break away from the blog for a few days. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of your salmon. 🙂 Love the flavor combination with the pickled onions!

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      December 19, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Merry Christmas, Blair! I hope you’re taking some time off too! I hope you try this dish sometime in the future. I loved the flavour combo!
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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    December 19, 2016 at 11:20 am

    What a show stopper for Christmas ~ I’d take it any day over a ham or a turkey ~ great job Robyn!
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      December 19, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      I love turkey, Sue, but I’d definitely pick salmon over it any day. Just love the feeling you get from clean eating! Thanks so much for your kind words. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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    Chris Scheuer
    December 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    This looks amazing and so welcome after all the heavy, rich holiday food! Merry Christmas Robyn!

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    December 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Merry Christmas, sweet Robyn! Your salmon looks divine and I’m sure it tastes amazing 🙂

    I hope you are well, dear friend….you have been in my thoughts. May you and yours have a most beautiful and blessed Christmas!

    Love and hugs to you. Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

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      December 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Merry Christmas to you, Stephanie! Thanks for your kind words.
      I am great, thanks and you have been on my mind as well. I’ll be in touch soon. 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday with your family!
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    December 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Beautiful. Pomegranates are in season and this is a great way to enjoy the season. Love this glaze.

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      December 20, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Thanks so much, Velva! I had never had pomeganate with salmon and it was a very tasty combo!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 20, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Absolutely perfect! Love salmon and the pomegranate molasses, onion and mayo just takes this dish over the top. Beautiful 🙂
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      December 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      You are too kind, Jennifer – thanks so much! I truly love my salmon and miss it so much when I had it fresh on the west coast. These flavours made me feel as though I was on the boat pulling in a fresh one again!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    This meal gets me excited too Robyn! LOVE, love, love salmon and all these flavors. Is it snowing on your blog? Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me – haha. Enjoy your holiday time with friends and family. Hugs and best wishes!!!!
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      December 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      LOL, Yes, it is snowing, Tricia! Every Christmas it magically snows on my blog. I don’t have a thing to do with it. It just happens – honestly, lol.
      So glad you like this dish. I’m going to make it again soon. It really was fantastic!
      Best wishes for a happy holiday to you and yours as well. A real pleasure to know you 🙂

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    December 20, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Interesting tip Robyn. Love this idea and that salmon looks fantastic. What a lovely glaze. I near tire of eating salmon. Thanks for sharing the wonderful tip and recipe. Happy holidays sweet friend. Lots of love from W.W. Xo

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    December 22, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again. There needs to be one of those bank tunnels like at their drive thru’s….so I can send my credit card and it comes back to my house with THAT!

    Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link Party. Merry Christmas!
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    Angie Rose
    January 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’m always hesitant to cook salmon, or fish in general but you make it look easy 🙂 That glaze looks so good. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!
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    R G
    January 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Hmmm. For some reason it is only printing a blank page. Sad. I really want to try this.

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      January 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks or letting me know about this, RG. I’m using a new recipe plug-in that is clearly not working! You can always cut and paste it into a document and print it. I will get this fixed in the meanwhile. Check back in a couple of days 🙂
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    All That I'm Eating
    February 9, 2017 at 7:47 am

    This looks amazing, what a lovely way to serve the salmon. With the pomegranate too, delicious!

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