This recipe calls for very few ingredients, just salmon steaks, oil, seasoning, and perhaps some lemon wedges to serve. All you need to do is coat the fish with a little oil, then add seasoning and cook over the barbeque. The salmon will cook quickly and stay juicy. This recipe serves 8 people but you can halve it if you wish, or even double it if you have a huge grill or want to cook the salmon in batches. If you cook too much fish, you can always chop or flake it and use it in a soup, pasta dish or risotto the following day.
Seasoning the Salmon
This recipe calls for McCormick Grill Mates Montreal chicken seasoning, which you might think is a strange ingredient to use with fish but the flavors actually work really well. Offering garlic, onion and savory flavors, this mixture brings out the lovely distinctive flavor of the fish, and you just need to sprinkle it on. As well as the garlic, onion and salt, this seasoning mix includes parsley, black and red pepper, paprika, orange peel, paprika, and more, so you can expect plenty of flavor in every bite of the fish. If you prefer, you can use your own seasoning mix recipe, or choose a fish seasoning mix, or even, for a more basic result, just use some salt and black pepper instead of the seasoning mixture.
Some More about Salmon
This oily fish is high in protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are essential for good health. The flesh of this fish varies from orange to red, although you can also get wild salmon with white flesh. The flesh color depends to an extent on what the salmon eats. Farmed salmon might be artificially colored to give them a rosy pink hue. Nearly 99% of Atlantic salmon available from grocery stores is farmed, while more than 80% of Pacific salmon is wild.
Some recipes will call for smoked or canned salmon, while others will specify fresh salmon, either filets or steaks. A salmon steak is a popular kind of fish for the barbeque. This fish has a unique flavor and you are unlikely to find bones in it either, since salmon bones are soft and thin, and you will usually not even notice them in the mouth. It makes sense to invest in a grill basket, both to contain all your salmon steaks and not lose any through the grate, and also in case you are cooking a lot of them at once, so you can flip them all simultaneously, not individually.
Suitable Side Dishes for This Dish
So what comes to mind when you are thinking about side dishes? A lot of people will like a contrasting dish with this simple barbequed salmon, so consider something creamy and cooling like potato salad or coleslaw, either of which can be prepared ahead and kept in the refrigerator until required. If you would prefer something hot, how about cooking some corn on the cob on the barbeque, alongside the fish? Baked potato, sliced baguette bread, tossed green salad, mango salsa, fries, and vegetable kabobs are more ideas for you to consider.
- 8 salmon steaks, 6 oz each
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons McCormick Grill Mates Montreal chicken seasoning (or similar)
- 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges, to serve
- Preheat the barbeque to medium-hot.
- Drizzle each salmon steak with a teaspoon of oil and sprinkle with the seasoning.
- Barbeque the salmon for 5 minutes per side, or until it is cooked through.
- Serve right away with the lemon wedges.
Simple barbequed salmon steaks are perfect if you want to cook for a crowd, but make something other than chicken and steaks. Salmon is juicy and has a distinctive flavor, and it does really well on the barbeque. Season it simple then char-grill it until done. The resulting salmon will be crispy and golden brown in places, like you can see in the photo, and it can be served with your favorite side dishes, perhaps some coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, or fruit salsa. Use a grill basket if you have one, so you can flip all those salmon steaks simultaneously and effortlessly.
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