Baked Salmon with Lemony Orzo and Basil-Bacon Peas


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup orzo

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 5 large basil leaves, thinly sliced, divided

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, divided

  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) skin-on, sockeye salmon

  • ¼ cup butter, melted, divided

  • 3 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen peas

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 lemons, juiced, divided


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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 (per serving)

702 Calories
30g Fat
60g Carbs
51g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 702
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 1278mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 59mg 297%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 15mg 84%
Potassium 949mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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