SERVES 3 / PREP: 10 MINUTES, PLUS 30 MINUTES TO 2 HOURS TO MARINATE / COOK: 10 MINUTES / TOTAL: 50 MINUTES AT MINIMUM
Grilling is a favorite meal preparation method of many household chefs, and it doesn’t have to be abandoned just because you aren’t eating burgers, sausages, and ribs any longer. Grilling is a great method to prepare lean and flavorful proteins. This grilled salmon has a sweet and savory marinade, which will tantalize your taste buds. Turn up the grill and look out—the sweet smell might even bring the neighbors over.
1½ tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
3 (4-ounce) salmon fillets, fresh or frozen, thawed
1 In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, garlic, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
2 Put the salmon in a large zip-top bag, and pour the marinade into the bag. Shake the bag to coat the salmon in the marinade. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
3 While the salmon marinates, preheat the grill to medium heat, or prepare a charcoal grill. Lightly oil the grill grate so the fish won’t stick as it cooks.
4 Place the salmon skin-side down on the grill and cook for about 8 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork or reaches an internal temperature of 145°F, and serve.
Serving tip: Serve this fish with steamed lentils and sautéed cherry tomatoes, spinach, and leeks. Look for precooked bags of steamed lentils in the produce section of the grocery store; they just need to be reheated before serving. Sauté the vegetables for 5 to 8 minutes in 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil to soften the leeks and tomatoes and wilt the spinach.
Per Serving (4 ounces): Calories: 174 Total fat: 4g Sodium: 151mg Total carbs: 13g Sugar: 9g Fiber: 0g Protein: 25g
2 to 4 ounces 4 ounces