Salmon with Orzo

Italian Entrée
35 min.
4 Servings
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Create four whole servings of salmon over rich orzo pasta with this quick-cook recipe. Featuring sweet peas, mint, onions and of course, salmon and orzo, this dish is a delicious and filling dinner you’re sure to cook again and again.


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 bunch green onions, divided
  • ¾ oz. pkg. Nature’s Basket organic mint, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Giant Eagle unsalted butter
  • 4 cups Giant Eagle vegetable broth
  • 1 lb. Market District no. 65 semolina orzo
  • 1 (14.4 oz.) bag Birds Eye garden peas - sweet
  • 4 oz. shaved Parmesan, divided
  • 1¼ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 tsp. Market District extra virgin olive oil


  Prep Time: 10 min. • Cook Time: 35 min.

Finely dice the onion. Slice the green onions thinly on the bias. Remove the mint leaves from the stems and slice very thin.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and translucent, but not brown. Add the vegetable broth and orzo pasta and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the peas when the pasta has 7 minutes left. Add a little water if the pasta gets too dry. Once the pasta is tender, add half the Parmesan, half the mint, and half the green onions. Season to taste with ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.

While the pasta is cooking, season the salmon with a ¼ teaspoon salt for each piece. Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Once hot, add olive oil and the salmon fillets. Reduce heat to medium-high. Sear on one side until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn the salmon over and cook another 3 minutes.*

Divide the orzo between 4 bowls and top with the salmon. Then sprinkle on the remaining mint, green onions, and Parmesan.

*For food safety, cook salmon to an internal temperature of 145°F.

Approximate Nutritional Information (Per serving): Calories 970, Fat 30g, Sat Fat 10g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 145mg, Sodium 1930mg, Total Carbohydrate 106g, Fiber 6g, Sugars 12g, Protein 68g
ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free

Nutritional values are based on data from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

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