I have been eating so much fish lately that I am on a first name basis with my fish monger at Whole Foods. I asked him last week if I should be concerned with mercury poisoning. He assured me that although I eat a lot of fish I am not in any danger. Wheeew! What a relief, because I don't want to give up on such a good thing.
With Jim traveling for business I'm at home alone with the grill and this girl has learned how to GRILL! This post covers some of my favorite grilling tools and also my two favorite fishes: Cod and Salmon. Know that I'm not a fishy-fish kind of girl, and so I am going to pass on my secret for eating a very very healthy fish, Salmon (which can sometimes taste fishy - in a good way).
For this piece of Cod, I seasoned it with olive oil, salt and pepper before putting it in my basket. When the grill was at a medium-high heat I added the fish and brushed with a kalamata olive tapanade. You don't have to add anything to the fish, I just like to make a scavenger hunt out of dinner and use any remnants in the back of the fridge to impart new and interesting flavors. You can brush and season your fish with WHATEVER you like. Try lemon and dill, tequila and lime, soy sauce with asian chile paste, cajun seasoning, salad dressing like an Italian or any other marinades in your fridge.
Salsa Veracruz. It was a very yummy (and healthy) mexican inspired fish entree.
Baron's make two spices that I have absolutely fallen in love with. Pictured above is the Thai Curry Blend. I also really love the Hot Habanero & Green Chile spice blend. Both impart enough flavor (in my opinion) to mask the fishiness of the Salmon and allow me to appreciate both the health benefits from the fish as well as the texture.
My second favorite grilling tool is the mesh basket you see in the picture above. This allows me to grill small vegetables like the carrots and broccoli. Prior to placing on the grill I tossed these little veggies in olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. It doesn't take long for these veggies to cook.
Simply shake the basket every so often and you have perfectly grilled veggies in less than 10 minutes. I allowed the red bell pepper to cook very well on both sides, until the outer skin was charred. I personally like the charred flavor on the bell pepper so I left the skin on and chopped it up into bite size pieces.
I want to share a very BIG tip that I learned the hard way. You absolutely must OIL the grill before placing your fish on it. The best way I have found to do this is to bring a small bowl of oil (I use vegetable oil) to the grill along with a wadded up paper towel and my tongs. Right before I put the fish and veggies on the grill I grasp the wadded up paper towel with the tongs, dip in the oil and wipe over the hot grates.
The timing for your salmon is going to vary based on how thick a piece you are grilling. My average time goes like this:
- Oil the grates (do not forget this or else you will be cursing up a storm).
- Put the salmon on the grill at a 45 degree angle, skin side UP. Set timer for 2 minutes.
- With a spatula, swiftly scoop salmon up and turn 45 degrees in the opposite direction, skin side UP. Set timer for 2 minutes. (Turning like this will give you awesome restaurant-quality grill marks).
- With a spatula, swiftly scoop salmon up and flip, skin side DOWN. Set timer for 4 minutes.
- Remove salmon from grill. (8 minutes total on grill) The fish skin comes off really easily. I give it to my dogs because I do not like to eat fish skin. The dogs love it!
Here is another tip for you: If you are using a gas grill...remember to turn the gas off when dinner is ready. I recently went through an entire tank of gas by letting it run overnight. Oops.
Once all the veggies were grilled, I tossed them lightly in a spicy curry sauce. Love it! Keep reading to see my favorite curry sauces below.
CurrySimple. They make several varieties and I like both the spicy and mild. It comes ready to go, just heat and serve!
My most important tip of them all is to open a bottle of wine with dinner and enjoy!