I’ll admit it, I’m hooked on cooking for my loved ones. Let me tell you, when it comes to versatility and flavor, grilled salmon is the holy grail. Heck, it’s not just about the buttery taste and flakiness – no siree! This dish is also an ace in my pocket for serving a healthy seafood meal.
So, what’s my secret to turning a simple salmon into a delectable main course, you wonder? Riddle me this – A finger-licking marinade and a blazing hot grill. Here’s how I do it.
To start this showstopper, I hunt for a top-notch fresh salmon fillet. Size-wise, we’re looking at around 2 pounds, give or take. Wild-caught Alaskan? Now you’re talking!
Next stop is marinade town. Whisk together four magic ingredients: olive oil, soy sauce, minced garlic (cloves, not that powdered stuff), and a squeeze of lemon juice. This scrumptious concoction will invite guests to promenade all around your cooking skills. Let your fillet ‘swim’ in the marinade for about 20 minutes. Too long, and you’ll be playing 72-hour cabaret with food poisoning.
Then comes our pièce de résistance – the grill. Get it scorching hot, friends! I know preheating is no cup o’ tea, but believe me, it’ll be worth every minute. You want that baby at 400°F, and not a degree less!
And now, the stage is set for our salmon. Give both sides of the grill a layer of cooking spray, and let the salmon hit those hot grates, skin-side down. Here’s the tricky part – Resist the temptation to play peek-a-boo with your fillet. Let it cook for about 6 minutes, depending on the thickness. Once the top of the salmon has that oompa-loompa char, flip it over and grill for another 6 minutes. After that, a simple poke with a fork will determine if you need more cooking time.
And there you have it! The spellbinding, show-stopping grilled salmon. Just remember, folks, a little patience and a mouthwatering marinade go a long way. Enjoy this succulent masterpiece with family and friends – cheers!
- Choose a fresh, wild-caught Alaskan salmon fillet of approximately 2 pounds.
- Prepare the marinade by whisking together the following ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Soy sauce
- Minced garlic (fresh cloves)
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Immerse your salmon fillet in the marinade and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat your grill to a scorching 400°F.
- Spray both sides of the grill grates with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the marinated salmon fillet onto the hot grill, skin-side down.
- Let the salmon cook for approximately 6 minutes (depending on thickness) without flipping.
- Once the top of the salmon begins to char, flip it over to grill the other side for another 6 minutes.
- Check the fillet’s doneness by poking it with a fork; if it flakes easily, it’s cooked.
- Remove the grilled salmon from the grill and serve it hot with your choice of sides and garnishes.
That was fresh!