White rectangular dish with orzo and salmon fillets.

One-Pan Orzo Salmon Bake Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


You’ll be impressed with how good this Orzo Salmon Bake is. You’ll be even more impressed that it’s done in one pan!


  • 4 (5- to 6-oz.) skin-on, fresh King or Atlantic salmon fillets
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 cup dried orzo pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. 
  2. Brush each salmon fillet with oil; sprinkle all sides with ¾ teaspoon of the salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large microwave safe bowl stir together cream, chicken stock, butter, mustard, garlic powder, dill, and remaining salt. Microwave on high 2 minutes or until boiling. 
  4. Transfer cream mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish; stir in orzo. Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil.
  5. Place dish in oven. Bake 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove pan from oven; remove foil. Place salmon, skin side up, on top of orzo. Return pan to oven for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked medium, and registers 145° F on an instant read thermometer
  7. Remove pan from oven. Transfer salmon to plate or serving platter. Fluff orzo with fork. Transfer orzo to serving bowl or arrange on platter with salmon. Serve warm.

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  • Can’t find orzo pasta in your grocery store? It might be with the rice instead of the pasta.
  • As a general rule, plan on 10 minutes of cook time for every inch (height/thickness) of fish. For example, if your fish is 1-inch thick, cook for 10 minutes. If a little over an inch, cook for 12 minutes, etc. 
  • If you like orzo soft instead of al dente, bake the orzo, covered, for 5 minutes more before adding the salmon.
  • For a dairy-free version, replace the cream with the same amount of chicken stock.