Orzo, lemon, basil, bacon, peas, and baked sockeye salmon come together to make a quick and easy weeknight pasta dish for the whole family.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain.

  • Mix garlic powder, 4 leaves basil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl.

  • Place salmon skin side-down on the prepared pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle garlic-basil mixture on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 8 minutes. Remove and let rest.

  • Place bacon in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook, stirring often, until crispy, about 4 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and peas. Season with pepper. Cook and stir until peas are heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Whisk remaining 3 tablespoons butter, juice from 1 lemon, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt together in a bowl. Pour over the cooked orzo and toss to coat. Season with pepper.

  • Divide orzo among 4 plates; top with salmon and place peas on the side. Garnish with the remaining basil. Drizzle remaining lemon juice on top.

Nutrition Facts

702 calories; protein 51.1g 102% DV; carbohydrates 59.7g 19% DV; fat 30.1g 46% DV; cholesterol 153.4mg 51% DV; sodium 1278.2mg 51% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2019
The food turned out very good , excellent recipe Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2017
I made this recipe as stated...it turned out okay, not bad and not great. I do agree mixing the orzo and peas together(on your plate) makes for a better bite with the salmon. careful with adding the "whole lemon juice" to the orzo a bit much in my opinion. better off adding half and serving with a wedge. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2017
I made this recipe as stated...it turned out okay, not bad and not great. I do agree mixing the orzo and peas together(on your plate) makes for a better bite with the salmon. careful with adding the "whole lemon juice" to the orzo a bit much in my opinion. better off adding half and serving with a wedge. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2019
I made the Orzo with chicken broth, cooked the peas with it, mixed in the bacon after, along with the lemon and butter. This tasted even better the next day after the orzo soaked up the lemon flavor. This is an exceptional meal, fast, easy,affordable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2019
We really liked this. Made it as instructed except I added a few grates of parmesan to the orzo. Good enough for company. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2019
The food turned out very good , excellent recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2017
Easy and good. I mixed the peas with the orzo. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2019
This was very simple and easy to make and had good flavor. I had fresh spinach I needed to use to instead of the peas I sautéed the spinach in a little butter and added it to the Orzo. I will try it again with other vegetables. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2018
This is a good dish and I will definitely make it again. I substituted asparagus for the peas. The only change I will make will be to not add the salt to the bacon and vegetable. The bacon is salty enough! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2018
I loved this especially the lemon orzo but it all worked so well together. Loved that a side was included with the recipe too. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2018
This was a simple dish and easy to put together. I've made some tweaks--instead of fresh basil I've used dried. I've used frozen fish instead of fresh lemon juice instead of a lemon and wished I had enough sauce to go around. I would make it again. Read More
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