Roasted Salmon with Pomegranate Seeds and braised fennel – a healthy and festive holiday dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. 

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Here’s a simple Moroccan-inspired recipe for Roasted Salmon with Pomegranate and Braised Fennel that can be made in under 30 minutes. When I first created this recipe, I had no idea that we would actually be traveling to Morocco in the very near future.

I had been dreaming about it for ages, and somehow magically, the stars aligned, and well, here we are! I’m still in shock. And I’ll tell you what, the pomegranates here are out of this world!  Clearly, in season, they are huge, plump and full of juice, beautifully displayed in the souks of Marrakech.

We’ve been eating our way through this city, and exploring the spice markets and I’m so excited to bring home some new inspiration. (To follow along with us on this adventure, see our Instagram stories.)

Watch How to cut a Pomegranate | 2 min video!

Roasted Pomegranate Salmon with braised fennel - a healthy and festive holiday dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

Feel free to use pre-portioned salmon or a whole salmon filets. Thicker cuts of salmon help prevent overcooking.

Roasted Pomegranate Salmon with braised fennel - a healthy and festive holiday dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

King salmon is harder to overcook than coho or sockeye, due to the higher fat content, so when cooking for a crowd, I usually opt for bigger filets of king salmon – very fool-proof!

If you can’t find Pomegranate Molasses, feel free to make your own…. see the recipe notes!

Roasted Pomegranate Salmon with braised fennel - a healthy and festive holiday dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

The fennel is quickly braised on the stovetop, then finished in the oven.

Roasted Pomegranate Salmon with braised fennel - a healthy and festive holiday dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. | www.feastingathome.com

Roasted Pomegranate Salmon with braised fennel – a flavorful, healthy and festive holiday dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.

Cheers friends,

❤️

Sylvia

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Roasted Pomegranate Salmon

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Main, fish,
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Moroccan

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Roasted Pomegranate Salmon with braised fennel – a healthy and festive dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 12 lb salmon filet
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large shallots- sliced into thin rings
  • 2 fennel bulbs- very thinly sliced
  • ½ cup white wine or sherry ( if you have Pernod, a little splash, along with the wine is delicious)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons miso
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup ( or brown sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic garlic cloves
  • 1 orange, zest and ¼ cup juice
  • 2 tablespoon Pomegranate molasses ( see notes for homemade version)
  • ½ teaspoon salt and pepper

Garnish : ¼- ½ cup pomegranate seeds, Italian parsley or sprigs of rosemary or thyme


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F

Make the salmon marinade by whisking marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over the salmon, coating it well. Let marinate 15 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Braise the fennel. Heat oil over medium high in an extra large skillet. Saute the fennel bulb and shallots for 4-5 minutes, stirring,  until golden and slightly tender, you may need to turn heat down. Splash with wine and season generously with salt and pepper. Simmer gently until wine has evaporated. Let it finish cooking in the oven with the salmon.

Place the salmon in the oven to roast- either over the braised fennel, or separately. Depending on the size, thickness and the way the salmon is cut, cooking time will vary. For individual portions, check after 10 minutes. Whole filets will most likely take 15 minutes, and extra large thick filets, even longer. Better to err on the side of under than over, so set a timer.

When the salmon is done, scatter with pomegranate seeds and fresh herbs for color.


Notes

To make one ½ cup of Pomegranate Molasses, place the pomegranate juice  into a heavy bottomed, small  pot on the stove, bring to a simmer, then simmer gently over medium low heat, uncovered, until it has reduced all the way down to 1/2 cup – About 20-30 minutes. Take your time, as a hard boil will make it bitter. Stir in honey.  It will thicken as it cools.

  • cups 100% pomegranate juice (unsweetened) 
  • 2 tablespoons honey 

Pour into a little glass jar, and let cool completely before storing in the fridge. It will keep up to 6 months in the fridge. Feel free to make a smaller batch, but you may need to lower cooking temp.

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I am making this lovely dish tonight and would like to substitute the miso with something. What would you recommend?

    1. I love the depth it adds, but you could leave it out I suppose? Pinch more salt?

      1. I love the depth miso adds too, it just that miso doesn’t love me back. I must have a sensitivity to it, so I avoid using miso.

          1. I ended up substituting the miso for tamarind sauce and it tasted amazing!!! I really enjoy your site and every recipe I have made had been wonderful. Thank you

  2. Absolutely love this salmon recipe! Initially made it for the holidays but keep coming back to it. The whole family is obsessed. I’m busy week nights we leave out the fennel and just do the marinade and it’s still delightful. Another smash hit from Sylvia!

  3. This was so good! The fennel is a really nice compliment to the salmon and a nice way to mix up the veggies we eat. Definitely making this again!

  4. I’ve made this a few times and it’s a real winner. I actually took the idea of adding the roasted fingerling potatoes from another of your salmon recipes and that works brilliantly too. Excellent recipe. Simple to make but really impressive.

  5. Very delicious recipe! Our store was out of fennel so I substituted chopped spinach and used 1/4 cup Marsala wine which was all I had on hand.

  6. I need help! When you say 3tbsp of Miso , is that Miso paste? I bought Miso paste but it is very salty, I’m worried about ruining our Christmas dinner.

    1. Yes, Miso paste. It’s not as salty as you think, but if you are worried, add 2 tablespoons. You may need to add more salt in the end.

  7. This was anothet incredible recipe. I had never cooked with fennel before and was amazed at how much it contributed to the overall flavour. I really hope that you will put out a cookbook some time to showcase your recipes and beautiful photography. Your recipes have quickly become my favourites.

      1. is there anything I can use to replace the pomegranate molasses, since I don’t have any pomegranate juice – I just saw this now and would love to make it for dinner would a balsamic reduction they completely wrong?

        1. Im not sure how it would taste. Sorry. If you do try it with balsamic will you let me know what you think?

  8. Loved this recipe. I used salmon steaks because my fish market was sold out of sustainable fresh salmon filets. They were thick but didn’t need more cooking than what was recommended. As a note, the best, most flavourful pomegranate molasses is unsweetened. It is very difficult to find and is more expensive (but it has more flavour so you get more for your money). Ottolenghi sells one brand from his website and there are specialty stores which carry other brands. I highly recommend you look for it.

    1. Thanks for the tip Shanne, I will look for it. I wonder if it could be made without sweetener. Just reduced!?

  9. Love, love, love this recipe. Another great Sylvia recipe. The combination of the marinade (glaze), shallots and pomegranate seeds with the salmon is just delicious. We didn’t have the fennel bulbs on hand so used 6 shallots and threw in some fennel seeds. My husband and I find Sylvia’s unique combinations of herbs, spices and seasonings bring a much needed fresh take on dishes we make on a regular basis. Thank you Sylivia!

  10. Love, love, love this recipe. Another great Sylvia recipe. The combination of the marinade (glaze) and pomegranate seeds with the salmon is just delicious. We didn’t have the fennel bulbs on hand so used 6 shallots and threw in some fennel seeds. My husband and I find Sylvia’s unique combinations of herbs, spices and seasonings bring a much needed fresh take on dishes we make on a regular basis. Thank you Sylivia!

  11. Look Amazing. I think it’s a good times for me to make this for christmas this year.
    Thanks so much.

  12. I made this last night and it was amazing. The whole family loved it and requested it in the weekly rotation:) So elegant and easy! Would be great for entertaining too.

  13. Do you make your own Pomegranate molasses? If not what brand do you use? I couldn’t find any (abt 2 years ago) so I found a recipe & made it myself but it wasn’t as pomegranate flavored as I thought it would be. Later I found some at the store but didn’t care for that one even more.
    This recipe looks so good I think it would be perfect for New Years, salmon & fennel, yum!
    I am jealous, Morocco!

    1. Thanks Carol! I have made it as well … but was given some as a gift that seemed to have more flavor, so I used it here this time.

  14. Hi Sylvia! Your Roasted Pomegranate Salmon looks so tasty and fabulous! I love your photography so much!! I am pinning this to my Seafood Recipes board right now! 🙂