Now that I've had my fill of Thanksgiving feasting, I'm going to do my best to cook healthy meals until the next holiday beckons with delicious treats again! One thing I want to make more often is fish. Salmon is a favorite of ours but I hate making it in the kitchen because of the strong odor it creates when it is sauteed, so we prefer to prepare it outside on the grill - even in cold weather. We simply pull the gas grill a little closer to the back door and use it all winter long.
My new favorite way to grill salmon is on the flat side of a two-sided cast-iron griddle placed on top the grill grates. This is also a great way to prepare scallops and shrimp. No need to worry about them falling through the grates!
Prepared this way, a delightful crispy 'crust' can be seared on the outside while keeping the salmon tender and flaky on the inside.
The herbed garlic butter topping is wonderful with salmon and is also very tasty drizzled over pasta!
If you need a cast-iron griddle to get that crispy sear, I highly recommend this Lodge 2-sided griddle. It will last for years with proper care. Rinse with hot water, dry, then wipe surface clean with vegetable oil on a soft cloth to keep 'seasoned' and non-stick.
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Crispy Grilled Salmon with Herbed Garlic Butter
2 center-cut salmon fillets, weighing about 6 to 8 ounces each
½ stick butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Lawry’s original seasoning salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash original blend seasoning
Juice of one lemon
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add remaining ingredients including lemon juice and remove from heat while grilling salmon.
Place a cast iron griddle over the grates of your grill so that the flat side is facing up and heat the grill to medium-high heat while keeping the lid closed.
Open lid and spray griddle lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place salmon on the griddle (if your salmon still has the skin on, place skin side down first) and close grill lid. Sear for 3-4 minutes and flip to the other side. (You can easily remove the skin off the salmon at this point with a tongues.) Sear for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from the grill and place on a serving platter. Tent with foil for 3-4 minutes. Drizzle herbed garlic butter over salmon and sprinkle with parsley. If serving with pasta, reserve a little garlic herb butter to drizzle over pasta.