5/10/07

Fish on the Grill

Myth: It’s hard to cook fish just right!
Solution: No searing and no over-cooking!

Last night was our first BBQ of the year. We have determined that hospitality just for our family of “5” is a must! We don’t always have to include others to be hospitable!

We had a great dinner of barbequed salmon, onions and Caesar salad. We threw in a few small new potatoes from our garden, and mixed in fresh mint with the onions.

My memory of fish growing up was of it always being overcooked and the house smelling fishy!

It seems to me that a lot of people are RELUCTANT to cook salmon, or fish in general! My friend Anne eased my mind years ago, along with my husband, Paul, who has always loved to BBQ fish. The secret is no searing and to not overcook it!

Here is one of my favorite salmon recipes for the grill:

Lay out 2 long pieces of foil
Put your fillet of salmon on top and fold the sides up around it
Melt ¼ cup of butter and pour on top
Season with Kosher salt or Sea salt
Squeeze juice of 1-2 lemons on top
Sprinkle with fresh chopped dill (or dried)
Salt one more time

We use a charcoal grill & mesquite. The trick for any fish is to cook it on low. Heat up the coals, and then drop the grate down as low as you can. Make sure the thickest part of the fish stays on the hottest part of the grill. No need to flip the fish when cooking it this way.

Keep the temp down to 200-250.

You can tell the fish is done when the white juices come to the surface, or you can take the back of spatula and press on the fish. You want it to be firm, not spongy.

What was your first barbequed meal for the season?

(Photos: Kids first swim for the season! Middle son enjoying backyard, kitty Hobbes and new flying helicopter)

4 comments:

Jill Norwood said...

This fish looks delicious. I will keep this recipe and try it soon. We will soon be adding a deck to our house and my husband is a great "griller" so we're looking forward to much outside entertaining this summer. I love your blog and its inpiration.

autum said...

I cook on the grill as much as possible through the summer. We've had steak and boneless pork chops so far but I really want to try your fish recipe. I've been reading about foods that are helful in reducing inflamation and fish tops the list.

Nadine said...

I love salmon. I too love to entertain just my family. I always cook a special meal after my hubby has been on a trip. I haven't a chance to bbq yet, but if you do that one again I'll right over.

Barb said...

One of the first things we grilled this year is Miz Sandy's salmon recipe. It's excellent! Our youngters (all taller than me) particularly enjoy the grilling thang. No hoppin' in the pool here yet tho--too chilly! :oS