Easy Salmon on the Grill Recipes
When the weather is hot and you want to cook outdoors, consider cooking salmon for dinner. Making salmon on the grill is a great way to stay light and fit, and this cooking method is fun as well as very simple. When cooked on the grill, salmon is high in protein and low in both fat and calories, depending of course what you add to it. When you are in the mood for this distinctive pink fish but do not necessarily want to cook indoors, the following recipe is going to make your life easy and tasty.
Grilling fish is so easy and fast that you will want to do it all the time. Salmon cooked using this method is so much better for your health than burgers and steaks which are higher in fat. Prepare salmon steaks instead of beef steaks and enjoy the different flavor. Try preparing such recipes next time you want to make something light and delicious. This recipe proves eating light is not limited to salads and you can include salmon in your regular meal rotation and enjoy those healthy omega fats as well as the flavor of the fish.
Salmon cooked on the grill is by far one of the easiest and tastiest ways to prepare this nutrient-rich seafood for your family. On the grill salmon is going to keep its shape unlike many other fish (cod, grouper or trout for example) which tend to flake apart easily and fall through the grate.
When getting ready to grill your salmon you might want to consider trying a marinade for the fish.. There are many marinades on the market to buy and there are even more recipes available in recipe books and the Internet alike. One marinade you might want to try and that goes really well with salmon is to combine a little honey, Tabasco, brown sugar, butter, lemon juice and liquid smoke. Put your salmon steaks in a gallon freezer bag and pour the marinade ingredients in with the steaks, reserving about a cup or so for basting. Marinate for an hour turning bag every twenty minutes to evenly soak steaks.
While the salmon steaks marinate, you will have time to prepare your sides. Some suggestions of side dishes that go very well with seafood are cabbage slaw, fresh colorful garden salad, wild or brown rice and even pan fried potatoes with onions. Whichever sides you choose always opt for the most color without taking away from the main course.
In the meantime, while the salmon steaks are marinating, prepare your grill by starting your fire. Allow the fire to burn down until coals are a grayish white before you put the steaks on the grill. When the fire is ready place the salmon steaks on the grill making sure that the thicker and biggest steaks are on the bottom rack and the smaller and thinner steaks are near the top on the upper racks of the grill. Grill each steak for five to eight minutes, depending on the size of the steak. Continuously baste the steaks with reserved marinade until done. Bon Appétit!
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- ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 salmon steaks, 8 oz each
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 3 drops Tabasco
- Combine everything in a mixing bowl and marinate the salmon steaks in gallon Ziploc bag for an hour (reserve a cup of the marinade for grilling).
- Grill for about 6 minutes per side (depending on thickness) and brush on the extra marinade halfway through.
Photo Credit: Copper River Salmon on the Grill by mccun934, on Flickr
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How To Cook Salmon On The Grill
Salmon on the grill is a very healthy alternative to pizza or nachos and it is just as quick to prepare. To prepare a delicious and healthful meal for your family you will need one salmon steak for every person in your family. When you purchase the salmon steaks have the pin bones removed but the skin left on. The skin will help the meat stick together while on the grill and once the salmon steaks are done the skin will easily peel away from the fish.
The best flame to cook salmon steaks on the grill is a medium high flame. To prepare the steaks for the grill you may want to consider marinating your steaks first in a blend of olive oil, butter, Tabasco, lemon juice, liquid smoke and chopped garlic. Allow salmon steaks to soak in the marinade for about forty-five minutes and then remove salmon steaks from spice bath; reserve about a cup for basting.
With your grill hot and your flame at the desired level you can now begin grilling the salmon. Place the thickest and biggest salmon steaks on the bottom but not within direct heat and the thinner steaks at the top and furthest away from the flame. You will want to cook each steak about six to eight minutes depending on the thickness of the steak.
As with any other meal the side dishes compliment the main entrée, so when cooking salmon consider a wild rice pilaf, honey gingered baby carrots, and perhaps a nice colorful mix of fresh garden vegetables. Serve this to your family and friends ad impress them with you new found culinary talents! Every great meal calls for a spectacular dessert.
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