Monday, July 8, 2013

Spicy-Sweet Grilled Salmon

So this was another recipe I tried that to me did not fit it's original description. Awesome - yes; spicy/sweet -  not so much. It was full of flavor and I might even go to say, the best salmon I've ever had. It wasn't dried out and a great balance of tang and sweet from vinegar/soy sauce/lemon juice/cilantro to brown sugar. Maybe if I added more red pepper flakes it would have qualified for spicy, but definitely not fixing the recipe as is. This recipe was originally made for broiling, but with the weather so nice outside, it was impossible for me to deny the grill this pleasure. Grilled salmon to me always has such a wonderful flavor. It has been a very long while since I have grilled salmon, so I was excited to break out my grilling skillet - it really is worth the purchase. The original title described this as "glazed". I'm sure since the heat source is on the bottom of the fish for grilling vs the top for broiling, that would contribute to it not really turning out "glazed". My feelings were not hurt that it didn't turn out that way because it was so delicious anyways!
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh salmon fillet with skin removed 
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed 
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  1. Place salmon in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. 
  2. Combine the vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, water, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, cilantro, and brown sugar in a blender (I used my stick blender). 
  3. Blend until brown sugar dissolves. 
  4. Pour the marinade over the salmon to cover evenly. 
  5. Seal the bag and refrigerate at least 2 hours (laying the salmon flat).
  6. To grill: If you have one of those grilling skillets, this makes grilling fish a lot easier. Lightly grease skillet (and grill) with cooking spray or canola oil (it makes removing the fish and cleaning the grill a lot easier if it doesn't stick). 
  7. Place fish in skillet. Keep the marinade to baste with in a few minutes.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste. 
  9. Grill for 15-25 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish). No flipping required! Baste every 3-5 minutes with marinade to keep fish moist.Grill until salmon is done - when fish is no longer bright red and can be flaked with a fork. 
Broiling Directions:
  • Broiling is also an option. Here are the directions from the original recipe for broiling and making the sauce from the remaining marinade. I decided to forgo the sauce. The fish was plenty moist and flavorful by itself.  
  1. Line a broiling pan with foil. 
  2. Remove salmon from marinade, and place on prepared broiling pan; season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  3. Transfer remaining marinade to a saucepan. 
  4. Turn on broiler to low. 
  5. Broil salmon about 6 inches from the heat for 5 minutes; brush with remaining marinade. Broil an additional 5 to 10 minutes, brushing 2 or 3 more times with additional marinade. 
  6. Meanwhile, cook the remaining marinade over low heat until it thickens and reduces by one-third, 5 to 10 minutes. Use cooked marinade as a dipping sauce or drizzle over salmon just before serving.

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