Sunday, June 12, 2011

Grilled Salmon

One of the things I love most about grilling is that it's super easy to whip up something delicious in a matter of minutes! I actually grill year-round; I don’t care if there’s snow on my deck, I’m still grilling! Salmon holds up really well on the grill and this is one of my favorite recipes.

Salmon is one of the healthiest fish available and for good reasons; it is rich in various nutrients. Salmon is low in saturated fats and calories, contains high levels of protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential because our body cannot naturally produce them. Salmon is also an extremely good source of selenium, niacin and vitamin B12. Wild salmon is far more nutritious in terms of fat and protein content. Wild fish contains 20% more protein, 20% less fat, and is generally much smaller. Even though farm raised salmon is larger and fattier, it contains far less usable omega-3s. Wild fish in general contains a much more favorable ratio of omega-3 and is far superior nutritionally. If at all possible, choose wild caught salmon instead of farm-raised.

If you’ve never tried wild salmon, you will notice the difference immediately. I’ve had both and can say with confidence that there is no comparison. Give wild salmon a try and you won’t be disappointed!


1 T Dijon mustard
1 ½ T Dark Brown Sugar
1 T Soy Sauce
½ t Sesame Oil
1 t Sesame Seeds
2 T Olive Oil
2 Salmon Steaks

Combine the first five ingredients in a small bowl. In the meantime, heat the grill to medium/high. Brush the salmon with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Brush half the soy mixture on salmon and grill for 3-4 minutes. Turn over and brush the other side with the remaining mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Adjust the cooking time to suit your preferred “doneness”. Garnish with lemons or thinly sliced scallions if desired.

I like to serve it over a bed of fresh lettuce, however, the choice of side dishes is endless. You could grill some corn-on-the cob, asparagus, red potatoes, wilted spinach, or serve on a bed of rice. Have fun with the side of your choice!

As always, bon appétit!

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