Monday, 10 March 2008

Simple grilled salmon

Sometimes, when I want a light dinner - light on the stomach and light on the washing up - I go for grilled fish. Grilling fish either under a conventional grill/broiler or on a griddle pan is healthy as little or no additional oil is used in cooking. It also goes towards the two portions of fish/seafood a week that I try to incorporate into our meals. Coupled with steamed vegetables and new or mashed potatoes, it covers all the major food groups in one quick and simple meal.

I am not even going to bother with a list of ingredients for this one. Season your salmon fillets (or other fish) with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Heat a griddle pan until hot and place the fillets skin side down (or under a medium-high grill). Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of your fillet), being careful not to overcook the salmon.

Grilled salmon

I served mine with spring onion mash and steamed vegetables tossed in garlic butter.

Grilled salmon with spring onion mash and vegetables in garlic butter


Kevin said...

Grilled fish is such a quick and easy dinner. Of course, grilled salmon is my favorite. :) That dinner looks really good.

noobcook said...

Your grilled salmon looks sooo appetizing! May I ask what brand of grill pan are you using? I'm planning to get one soon, heh. Btw, love your blog which I have been reading for some time. Keep the recipes coming :D

tigerfish said...

Everything comes together so nicely. You know...I just grill my salmon with some salt and black pepper rub. Isn't that worse?

Nilmandra said...

Kevin: Thanks. I can definitely see myself having grilled fish more when it gets warmer again and I don't want to spend too long in a hot kitchen.

noobcook: Thanks for dropping by and the kind comment! I think it's a 'brandless' griddle pan, to be honest, from Woolworth's or some department store's house brand. It was an inexpensive one. There is no need to go for the expensive branded stuff as long as it is of reasonable quality (heavy base, good non-stick coating). If you take care of it, it should still last and perform well.

Tigerfish: Mine was just salt and black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Not that different from yours!

noobcook said...

Thanks for your advice! Glad to know that I don't have to spend a tonne to get a good one, will be shopping for my grill pan soon, yippee :D

Antonia said...

What a really tempting, fresh and simple meal. Sometimes it is all too easy to get carried away in the kitchen and forget that simplicity is sometimes best! I bet the salmon went really well with the spring onion mash.

Nilmandra said...

Antonio: The spring onions did add a nice zing to the mash. I had it once in a restaurant, really liked it and have been making it at home quite often. It is such a simple addition but works beautifully.

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