Piquant Tomato-Orange Sauce

The addition of dried orange peel to a simple marinara-style tomato sauce creates a sweet and savory combination of flavors that pair nicely with entrées like pork tenderloin, chicken cutlets and broiled salmon.

Piquant Tomato-Orange Sauce

Piquant Tomato-Orange Sauce

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Adding dried orange peel and a splash of orange juice to a simple tomato sauce creates a sweet-savory flavor quality that’s perfect for dressing up pork, chicken or salmon.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, about 2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1-1/2 cups diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon [dried orange peel]
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until light golden in color, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, sauté 1 minute longer, then deglaze the pan with the orange juice, scraping up any browned bits that may have accumulated on the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and orange peel and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes to allow flavors to marry. Add the butter just before serving and stir until melted.

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Recipe Notes:

It’s easy to make your own dried orange peel and it keeps for months in the fridge. Click here for our easy instructions.
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