Grilled salmon is my favorite means of cooking this type of fish. The outside gets a little crisp while the inside is soft and moist. I always cook mine medium rare to medium because I think it just tastes better that way! Salmon is such a flavorful fish already, all it needs is a little salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon. And of course the grilling part is the main key to making this piece of salmon pop with flavor.
Salmon also has a ton of health benefits that will all contribute to a stronger body, mind, and spirit. How is salmon good for you?
Omega 3's are considered high-quality "brain food." The most beneficial omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish in the form of eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids are thought to contribute to healthy brain function, the heart, joints and general wellbeing. (BBC good food)
Obviously our bodies need protein, and the better the quality of the source, the more beneficial to our overall health! Salmon is no exception. Protein is the building block of the majority of our bodies, so obviously it's something we very much need!
Now, to the recipe!
I started with a piece of salmon that was roughly 10 oz from the Farmer's Marketof course. This is a HEFTY portion just an FYI. The Studio City location is definitely my favorite. I used to go every Sunday when I lived in LA full time! I'm excited to go back once I get there in June 2019!
I used salt, pepper, and lemon juice to season the salmon because that's really all this fine cut of salmon needs.
After seasoning I turned on my cast iron grill pan to high heat on the stove, and let it smoke a little before putting the salmon on. Make sure you oil the grill pan! You can also use an outdoor grill if you've got one, turn it onto high and let it preheat. Then place your salmon on the grill and let cook for about 3-5 minutes depending on how crispy you like the surface of your salmon. I like my grilled salmon like this.
Cook the other side for about 2 minutes, depending on how you like it... making sure the fish isn't getting stuck to the grates. The amount of time on each side really depends on the thickness of your fish. I usually use my finger to press down on the salmon. It should feel a bit like hard jello when you poke it.
Serve the grilled salmon with a squeeze of lemon and top them off with micro-greens and green onions. Serve with your favorite side dish!
- About 10 oz salmon- Salt and pepper to taste- Lemon juice to taste- Cast iron grill skillet or grill
Season your salmon on both sides if there's no skin present with salt and pepper to taste. If there's skin, only season the side without the skin.Heat your grill pan or grill to high heat and wait until it's abut 425 degrees, or smoking if it's the grill pan.Place your salmon skin side up and cook for about 3-5 minutes depending on how you like your salmon.Turn and cook the same amount of time. About 3-5 minutes for medium rare - medium.Top with lemon juice and serve!