The other day I was cooking for some friends from out of town and I had a request for some fish for dinner. I knew that they had enjoyed my baked salmon from last time, but this time, I wanted to do something different. I decided to grill the salmon and top it with a basil infused BBQ sauce. Just the sound of this creation had my mouth watering.
I went to the store and asked the fish monger for 4 salmon filets with the skin on. I like to leave the skin on when I grill my salmon, the skin acts as a protective shield while grilling. There is also natural oil in the salmon skin that will help the fish to stay moist. I also picked up some fresh basil to use in BBQ sauce.
Once home, I seasoned my salmon filets with salt, pepper, garlic and a dash of lemon pepper. I got my grill nice and hot and sprayed my grill racks with some oil spray. I placed my salmon on the grill, skin side down. I cooked the skin side for about 5 minutes and then flipped the salmon over to the meat side. I let the meat side cook for another 5 minutes and then removed the fish to a sheet pan.
I placed my salmon in the oven at 350 degrees for another 10 minutes. Make sure that you do not over-cook the fish in the oven. The salmon should be nice and moist. While the fish was finishing in the oven, I started my BBQ Sauce. Once I had the sauce made, I added cup fresh basil to the sauce and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. I let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes on low.
I removed the salmon from the oven and poured the sauce on top. I served it with some yellow rice and mixed vegetables. Needless to say, my guest were more impressed with the grilled salmon than the baked salmon I had done before. I got rave reviews about the sauce. The addition of the fresh basil to the BBQ sauce added incredible flavor to the dish.
I hope you get a chance to try this grilled salmon recipe, It is fantastic!
Chef Brian is a trained Chef, and the creator of Herman T’s BBQ Sauce Mix. Professionally trained at the Baltimore Culinary College, Chef Brian has owned and operated several restaurants throughout the Country.
In 1995 Chef studied abroad in Italy and received his master culinary certificate in Italian find dining cuisine. His latest passion is the art of grilling, smoking and anything BBQ.
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