Mediterranean Salmon and Orzo

Mediterranean Salmon and Orzo

Mediterranean salmon and orzo is quick, and easy to make for dinner or lunch! It’s also healthy and delicious. This meal can be enjoyed on a busy week day or for lunch with friends. The ingredients are fresh and simple yet it has some flair to impress your guests.

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Mediterranean salmon and orzo ingredients

Salmon fillet –Fresh fish is best. When possible, opt for wild salmon. However,  if that’s not available, frozen or sustainably raised salmon can also be used.

Orzo pasta – orzo is similar to a rice, but actually a pasta.

Fresh herbs – like garlic and parsley.

Tomatoes – Cherry or grape tomatoes. 

Feta Cheese –  The salty, nutty flavor of the feta ramps up the flavor.

Fresh lemon – Fresh lemon juice pairs well with the salmon.

Kalamata olives – these olives are common in Mediterranean dishes.

Mediterranean salmon

Helpful tools for this dish:

Grill Pan


Dishes for plating

What to serve with Mediterranean salmon and orzo

Enjoy this salmon dish as a complete meal, with a side of asparagus, or steamed broccoli if you want to pack in more veggies. 

This would also make a hearty lunch the next day. Serve the orzo cold like a salad, with the warm salmon on the side.

 salmon and orzo

What to sip with your Mediterranean salmon and orzo

I would pair this salmon and orzo with rose, Pinot Grigio, or a chardonnay.


Mediterranean salmon and orzo recipe

Mediterranean salmon and orzo recipe

Shanelle Fisher
Mediterranean salmon and orzo is quick, and easy to make for dinner or lunch! It’s also healthy and delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 people


  • 1 Grill Pan
  • 1 Pot


  • 2 Salmon Filets
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1 cup Orzo Pasta
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives pitted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut halved
  • seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic powder


  • Cook orzo per packaged directions.
  •  While orzo is cooking, season both sides of the salmon filets with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, Squeeze the juice of half of a lemon over the salmon.
  • Heat 1 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil in a pan and add both salmon filets to the pan skin side down.
  • Cook salmon for 4-5 minutes on each side and test for doneness. Salmon should be 145°F in it’s thickest part when fully cooked.
  • Remove salmon from heat and set aside.
  • Keep heat on the pan and add the additional tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive oil.
  • Add tomatoes and minced garlic to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the tomatoes get soft. Add cooked and drained orzo, parsley, and Kalamata olives to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix all ingredients together in the pan. Top the orzo with feta cheese when plating then the salmon.
  • Serve with lemon slices and additional fresh parsley for garnish.

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