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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lemon-Pepper Grilled Salmon

Salmon has become my older son's favorite fish because "it's got real flavor unlike the haddock which does not taste anything at all to me."

I myself like salmon, especially when grilled. Actually, I almost always cook salmon this way, with only the basic of ingredients, then enjoyed with rice and some slices of ripe tomatoes sprinkled with salt.

I usually cook just half of the fillet (with intact skin), which will be all I and
my two sons can eat during a meal time (husband does not like salmon; too strong a flavor for him). Whereas before I cooked salmon on a iron griddle placed atop the stovetop, now I use the George Foreman grilling machine (small one, probably costs <$20 nowaadays). The cooking time is less since it cooks both sides at the same time (max 6 minutes depending on how thick the fillet is) and tends to close in the heat; clean up is easier; and I don't have to worry about flipping the fish over. To clean, I just let the machine cool down a bit, wipe it with non-abrasive slightly soapy dish sponge while still warm, then rinse with a bit of water, careful not to get water inside the machine (I hold it sideways).

1/2 salmon fillet (actually amount depends on you)

Spices -- see slideshow so you know what I mean


Sprinkle fillet with garlic salt, approximating how much you need for the amount of fish you have.

Generously sprinkle with lemon-pepper to really cover the whole surface. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, plug in the grilling machine.

When hot, spray or brush the grilling surface with oil.

Place the fillet on the grill and let cook for 4 to 6 minutes. (Fish is done when flaky all the way. Do not overcook!) For this piece, I had to turn around the fish after the first 4 minutes to cook the thin part further, as it was not touched by the upper grill. The closed-in heat further cooked that when turned around.


  1. Salmon is also one of my husband's favorite fish and I like this simple preparation. I think I'd like to try salmon sinigang, too!

  2. Yum yum yum... Looks delicious! I will try this recipe because my husbnad & I love salmon!

  3. TN,
    Now that you mentioned, maybe I should try sinigang also!

    Welcome to my site. This recipe is so simple it is quite embarrassing to post it here. But sometimes I do want people to know I don't always cook challenging dishes. And this recipe just lets salmon's flavor shine. No tampering.

  4. I grill salmon too 3 times a week with mashed potato and hubby loves it.

    this looks so yummy.

  5. Yummy!! :) I love grilled salmon.


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