only 7 minutes prep & cook time, perfectly grilled citrus salmon, this recipe is so easy it will help you make salmon a part of your weekly menu... I make this almost every week!
Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium & omega-3 fatty acids and very high in protein, 28 grams per 5oz.
difficulty level: beginner
prep time: 1 minute
cook time: 6 minutes maximum
equipment needed: stove top grill or griddle, ideally cast iron. you can do this on an outdoor grill, but the cooking time might be even faster.
what you need:
- 5 x 5 oz salmon filets skin on. There are sustainable farmed options, whole foods carry them, otherwise go for sustainable wild caught. The wild caught filets will tend to be thinner, and will therefore require less cooking time. yes you can make only 2 or 3 filets, i just like making a bunch for 2-3 days of lunches and dinners.
- 1 tbsp citrus juice of choice, this time i used 1/2 tbsp blood orange juice and 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.
- 1 tbsp honey or sugar of choice; if you know me, you are probably surprised, as i very rarely use sugar in my cooking. 1 tbsp of sugar = 4 grams of sugar, this will create a beautiful sear/grill marks on the salmon, and 4 grams of sugar for 5 filets is practically nothing, not to mention, we will not even be using the entire juice & sugar we prep.
- high heat cooking oil spray such as coconut oil.
- 1/4 tsp + a bit more salt -black pepper to taste
what to do:
- clean grill thoroughly (indoor or outdoor), preheat on medium high until well heated, at least 7 minutes on stove top grill, probably 10 minutes on outdoor grill.
- place salmon filets on large plate, skin side down, pat dry with paper towel
- sprinkle filets with salt and black pepper
- mix sugar/honey with 1 tbsp citrus juice in a glass or mason jar, whisk with a fork until completely combined, you can zap this in the microwave for 15 seconds to help honey/sugar dissolve
- once grill is properly heated, brush each salmon filet liberally with citrus mixture.
- liberally spray grill with cooking oil spray, spray each filet with cooking oil,
- place salmon on grill skin side UP
- if working on a small stove top grill, grill maximum 3 filets at a time, as crowding the grill would result in steaming the fish as opposed to getting that nice sear.
- for thicker salmon (over an inch thick) cook 3 minutes, spray skin, flip filets skin side down and cook 2 more minutes.
- for thinner filets cook first side 2 to 2.5 minutes and only one minute once you flip skin side down (spray skin before flipping)
- remove salmon from grill and serve with lemon/lime/orange wedges
As i mentioned, this is one of my go to recipes :)
however, if there is any salmon left by day 3, and It is tarting to look a lil "sad", just remove the skin, flake up the flesh and make my Tuscan tuna salad except with salmon! :)