This Saffron-Orange Whitefish with Tomato Basil Salsa Recipe is a stunning, light and healthy fish dish that’s easy to prepare and unbelievably delicious! Fish recipes with saffron are always alluring and beautiful.
So remember when we made the Saffron-Dill Basmati Rice a few weeks ago?
The following day we had this delicious fish for dinner and I’ve been very eager to share it with you ever since — but, I had to wait a bit.
What We’ve Been Cooking
Right after the rice, I planted an early seed to get you thinking about Mother’s Day brunch. So even though I presented them as dinner, I shared the Bacon-Cheddar Waffles.
Next up were my Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos — I couldn’t very well let you starve on Cinco de Mayo, now could I?
Then, just as I was catching my breath, my friends at Melissa’s Produce sent me a sample of their gorgeous Dragon Tongue Beans, so I immediately made a Dragon Tongue Bean Salad with Spicy Honey-Mustard.
Before I knew it, it was Mother’s Day, and my mom took center stage — after all, she’s one of the main reasons I love cooking so much. And of course, I couldn’t let you go any longer without a dessert, so I served up some super amazing brownies.
Inspiration for Saffron-Orange Whitefish
I’m excited today to have a nice space for this Saffron-Orange Whitefish, that’s been waiting so patiently in the queue.
Isn’t it breathtaking? My inspiration for this dish was color driven.
You simply can’t avoid a beautiful presentation with this dish — together the ingredients in the recipe create a work of art.
You will absolutely wow your guests with this Saffron-Orange Whitefish with Tomato basil Salsa recipe!
You won’t believe how succulent and flavorful it is!
More delicious recipes with saffron . . .
- Saffron Basmati Rice with Fresh Dill
- Sylvia’s Summer Seafood Paella ( This is another of my favorite fish recipes with saffron.)
For the fish
- 2 pounds Whitefish, cut into 6 (approximately 5 1/4-ounce) fillets -- skin on
- 1 pinch saffron threads
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- olive oil for the pan
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the fish
- If you didn't already ask your fish monger to portion the fish (they're usually happy to do so), cut it into 6 (approximately 5 1/4-ounce) portions, leaving the skin on. Place them in a baking pan.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate.
- Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over high heat. Sprinkle the marinated fish with salt and pepper. Once the pan is very hot, add the fish fillets (do not crowd the pan, so only add as many as will fit with at least 2 -inches between them -- you can always do a second batch). You should hear sizzling when the fish hits the pan -- if you don't, it's not hot enough yet. Sauté just until the fish is cooked through, about 5 minutes. After about the first minute, cover the pan with foil or a lid. (If you don't like the crispy skin, it will easily slide off once the fish is cooked.)
For the salsa
- Combine the onion, tomato, basil, sherry vinegar and oil in a small sauté pan. Place the pan over medium heat and cook only long enough to warm it, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Here's How to Season to Taste.) Try to time the fish and salsa so they're ready at about the same time!
- Add the fish to a large platter, or individual serving plates and spoon some of the salsa over each portion.