Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Grilled Salmon

Nothing says summer like grilling up fish. But before I tell you how incredibly simple it is to make, I need to tell you why it's important to eat.

Salmon is low in calories and saturated fat, yet high in protein, and omega-3 essential fatty acids. As the name implies, essential fatty acids are essential for human health, but because they cannot be made by the body, they must be obtained from foods.

In addition to being an excellent source of omega-3s, salmon is an excellent source of selenium, a very good source of protein, niacin and vitamin B12, and a good source of phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6. Which are all good for heart health and brain function. And if you eat salmon with those tiny bones in it, it's a great source of calcium too.

So now that you know why it's good for you, here's a simple way to make it:

1. Heat grill to high.

2. Coat salmon filets in olive oil.

3. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. (I believe fish should taste like fish. You don't need fancy marinades or rubs ot make a great piece of grilled fish.)

4. Grill skin side down for 5 - 8 minutes. When you slide a spatula under it and the skin peels off you know it's ready to flip.

5. Flip it and cook the other side for another 5 to 8 minutes.

6. Pull it off the grill. Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes, serve with mixed greens and enjoy!

How easy is that?



  1. This is an easy & lovely salmon dish: it always works!

  2. Easy, healthy and so yummy - and you just reminded me of a salmon recipe I love that I haven't made in a long time!

  3. Salmon is the king of the sea!
    It's so healthy and versatile!
    Thanks for the nutritional facts and the lovely ideas to cook it!