Easy Recipe for BBQ Salmon

A good, basic is something every recipe box should have. This one takes just a few minutes to prepare before you can pop the fish onto the barbecue, and it uses simple ingredients that most people will have readily available at home. It has a touch of sweetness that goes really well with the barbecued salmon.

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What You Need

  • 2 lb salmon fillet
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Preparing the Salmon

  • Rinse the salmon under cold, running water and pat dry thoroughly.

  • Rub the salmon with the salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon zest.

  • Combine the water, lemon juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and olive oil and stir until the brown sugar is completely dissolved.

  • Place the seasoned fish and the marinade together in a big ziplock bag. Turn to coat, then marinate in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

  • Remove the salmon from the marinade, and gently shake to remove excess. Discard the used marinade.

Barbecuing the Salmon

  • Set up the barbecue for indirect heat.

  • Preheat the BBQ to medium-high heat (around 375-400 degrees F).

  • Grease the cooking grate.

  • Barbecue the salmon for about 8 to 10 minutes per inch of thickness, or until the fish flakes easily. Turn once during cooking.

Variations: add a handful or two of alder wood chips to the hot coals to add flavor, or grill the fish on a cedar or alder plank.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges for garnish. If you prefer, this recipe for BBQ salmon can also be cooked in foil for easier handling (or use a basket). Check out some to go with your meal, as well as some general tips on how to .



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