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These grilled salmon steaks are flavored with lemon and tarragon. You do not need any strong marinades or heavy sauces for salmon steaks, since they have so much flavor of their own already. This recipe is beautiful served with potatoes and broccoli or green beans. Salmon steaks are just as simple to prepare and cook as salmon fillets. They are just a different shape and they have a round bone in the middle.

The tarragon needs to be bruised and you can do this using the back of a knife. Just tap the tarragon firmly. The idea is to crush it a little, so the fragrance and oils are released, not to break, or chop the leaves. Leaving the tarragon and lemon on the fish for a couple of hours is enough to allow the flavor of the herb really soak into the fish. If you want to serve extra tarragon with the salmon steaks at the end, it will only be for garnish since the fish is already flavored enough.

Lemon juice is one of the most popular flavors to use with fish. If you leave it on too long it “cooks” the fish. Perhaps you have tried ceviche before and this Latin fish recipe is made by marinating fish or seafood in lemon or lime juice until the acid cooks the flesh. In this recipe you only want the lemon juice for its flavoring abilities not its cooking ones.

Grilled Lemon Salmon
Summary: This is a great way to prepare salmon steaks. The fish steaks are flavored with lemon and tarragon to subtly accent their distinctive flavor without overpowering the lovely salmon taste.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
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  • 4 center-cut salmon steaks, 1 inch thick or more
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 halved lemon
  • 1 bunch tarragon
  • Salt and black pepper, as needed
  • Lemon wedges and tarragon, for garnish (optional)
  1. Pick the tarragon leaves off and bruise them with the back of a knife.
  2. Squeeze half the lemon over the fish and turn the steaks to coat them evenly.
  3. Press the tarragon on to both sides of the fish and wrap plastic tightly over the plate. Let the fish sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so the flavor soaks in.
  4. Wipe the tarragon leaves off the fish and discard them. Brush the olive oil over the fish and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Preheat the grill to moderately high and grill the fish for 3 or 4 minutes on each side or until it is cooked. You can serve extra chopped tarragon and lemon wedges on the side if you like.

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This delicious grilled salmon steak recipe is nice served with some potato salad and perhaps a tossed green salad too. Alternatively you can serve it with hot potatoes and vegetables. Garnish it with some extra tarragon or even a sprig of rosemary (like in the photo) if you are growing your own. You can see how the lightly charred areas show that this salmon steak has been grilled. This home-cooked look makes it look even more delicious. Salmon is a nutritious and flavorful choice and there are lots of easy fish recipes with salmon to choose from.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.

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