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Any awesome salmon marinade recipes??

Have family from Germany coming to visit, and want them to taste salmon in a few different ways. Have already purchased a sockeye side and a pink salmon side, also some smoked lox. Would like some marinade recipes so I can grill some salmon filets on the bbq.
Thanks much!

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  1. White wine and dill, in parchement or foil works well. I also have a recipe that doesn't necessarily require grilling, although I think you can (I haven't tried). Here is the recipe:

    Charred Sugar-Crusted Alaska Salmon

    Dry rub:
    2 Tablespoons sugar
    1 Tablespoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    ½ Tablespoon ground cumin
    ½ Tablespoon paprika
    ½ Tablespoon Salt
    ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
    dash of cinnamon

    4 to 6 skinless Alaska salmon fillets
    2 Tablespoons canola oil

    Mix all rub ingredients together in a medium bowl.

    When ready to cook the salmon, generously coat one side of the salmon fillet (usually the non-skin side, for presentation) with the rub.

    Heat oil in a large heavy pan over medium-high heat. Carefully place salmon fillets in pan, seasoned side down. Cook about 2 minutes to sear; turn fillets over. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking 6 to 8 minutes.
    Cook just until fish is opaque throughout.

    1. 1 part soy (if you use cheap soy, you're on your own)
      1/4 part worcesteshire
      few pinches of sugar (think teriyaki sweetness. more sugar if you like it that way)
      bunch of freshly ground black pepper
      as much crushed garlic as you see fit. I use a ton of it.
      juice of a good lemon.
      Whisk it all together (this is a crude teriyaki) I'd let the fish marinate in this for no longer than four hours. The salt content, and citrus juice will cook this if left too long.
      While you're marinating, whip up a batch of mango salsa. Mine is a standard red tomato salsa recipe with a small dice of not very ripe mango instead of tomato:
      Mango (unripe stone fruit would also be good - peaches, nectarine etc)
      dash of vinegar
      dash of cumin
      lime juice
      The sugar content in the marinade will allow for a crust on the fish if you grill it properly. If not, this will still be good. Grill yer fish, top with the salsa.

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      1. re: gordeaux

        forgot one of my all time faves.
        Make a rub out of salt, pepper, garlic, and herbal tea. Blackberry, blueberry are great ones. small amt of salt, good amt of pepper, and a few of the tea packets. cover the flesh side completely, and let it sit for a few hours at least. The flesh picks up the taste of the tea leaves, and during cooking, the tea leaves break down pretty well. Also would go well with the mango salsa above, but a simple tzatziki lets the fruity flavor from the tea really shine through.

        1. re: gordeaux

          gordeaux, does your teriyaki not include ginger?

          1. re: alkapal

            That's a "crude" teriyaki of sorts. Use ginger if you want. Come to think of it, I don't think I ever have used ginger for that specific dish even though when I do make a real teriyaki, I do tend to use fresh ginger (don't get me started on the worthlessness of powdered ginger) The next time I make it, I think I'm gonna go with ginger and a vanilla bean.

            Good catch! I have never really missed ginger in it tho.

            1. re: gordeaux

              the reason i asked is that i love teriyaki, and also love ginger in recipes! (see my salmon tikka links).

        1. Hopefully you have a skin side to put down on the grill. If so, make several SHALLOW cuts to prevent curling. You can't go wrong with fresh dill, garlic and lemon. I pour a good bit of olive oil (1/4 cup or so) in the bottom of a glass baking pan, with 2 - 3 tbs of kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. I add my salmon, skin side down. On the flesh I put chopped fresh garlic, sprigs of dill and lemon slices. Cover and refrigerate several hours or even overnight. Bring to room temp before putting on grill. Preheat your grill and oil grates - I saw a Food Network chef take a folded washcloth in a tongs, dip it into a bowl of oil and rub the grates down.
          Don't bother scraping off the seasonings and put the salmon skin side down on the grill. Cover and grill for 5 - 10 min depending on thickness. DON"T wiggle it around.
          Your skin will be crispy and the flesh moist and flavorful.

          1. My absolute favorite salmon marinade comes from a Country Living 2000 issue.
            Use Grade B maple syrup if you can find it. This is not a grilling recipe, although I don't know why you couldn't do so. I'm just not that good at grilling fish unless it's a "steak-type fish", so I'd personally stick with the oven roasting method.


            1. This is simple but one of my favorites. Just mix brown sugar and any good mustard (I have done it with a lime mustard, a wasabi mustard, good 'ol dijon and all were great) together and slather on the top side of the salmon. I just put it on heavy foil, skin side down on the grill. The skin will stick to the foil when you take the salmon off. Sounds weird but it is really good.

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              1. re: jodymaryk

                A light smear of Patak's Hot red curry does the trick for me. Then grill it. It is so easy, and delicious. Always get compliments on that one, although I feel like I'm cheating.

              2. I just made a simple mint pesto - same recipe as basil pesto but with mint. I used it as a rub on salmon, and omigosh! Best salmon I have ever had. I grilled it on the bbq, skin side down, didn't flip, didn't overcook. Unbelievable.

                1. Can I mention cedar planked on the bbq. We just had some last night from M&M Meat Shops that was very nice. Not marinade but I do like the potlatch seasoning from Williams Sonoma for planking. I think the Pacific salmon had more pin bones than Atlantic if it matters. Stand to be corrected.
                  A few years back I had some done up with a sort of maple syrup marinade wish I had the recipe.

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                  1. re: Alacrity59

                    probably not the same as what you had, but I like to marinade wild salmon in maple syrup, rice wine vinegar and fresh ginger. I've been doing this for years and always get really positive comments.

                  2. I use fresh rosemary, soy sauce, brown sugar or honey, red pepper flakes, garlic and a good dijon mustard.

                    1. Why not let the Salmon speak for itself? It's such a rich and flavorful fish as it is.

                      I suggest a light sprinkling of sea salt and nothing else.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I definitely agree as far as the sockeye goes, showcase the flavour: sashimi, sushi, tartare, barbecued steaks, gravlax. If I were to do any marinating it would be with the pink.

                      2. 2 parts soy
                        1 part maple syrup
                        marinate overnight in fright and throw on the grill the next day - baste with reserved marinade. just awesome!

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                        1. re: azhotdish

                          Even better, throw it on a cedar plank on the grill. AWESOME!!

                          1. re: azhotdish

                            I go a bit further on this and it's incredible.

                            3 parts Maple Syrup
                            1 part Soy Sauce (Naturally brewed stuff)
                            1 part Worcestershire Sauce
                            1 part BBQ Seasoning.
                            1 part fresh minced garlic
                            _ part (to taste) Sriracha
                            Pat dry salmon filets (About 6 - 8 oz portions)
                            Marinate about 24 hours. Cook on high for 1 minute, flip, glaze with leftover marinade, repeat 3 more times. Remove from grill.
                            Cover with foil for 5 minutes. Serve. Enjoy.


                          2. My latest discovery is that if I buy the thin baby asparagus, I can place them in the pan before it goes into the over with the salmon and leftover marinade, and they will roast at the same speed as the salmon and take on the delicious marinade flavors. Easy one dish meal with fast clean up if you use aluminum foil!

                            1. During the winter if I'm not interested in grilling at -30* I'll make a foil packet with salmon, rosemary, slivered onion, garlic and mango.


                              1. My tried & true salmon marinade:

                                3 T. dijon mustard
                                3 T. honey or maple syrup
                                1 T. balsamic vinegar

                                Marinade at least 2-3 hrs. I try to marinate it longer.

                                Here's my tried & true marinade for swordfish:
                                1/2 C. sodium reduced soy
                                1/2 C. rice wine vinegar
                                minced garlic to taste
                                tarragon to taste ( I use a LOT)

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                                1. re: synergy

                                  Thank you so much for posting this salmon marinade recipe: I have never made salmon myself before, tried your recipe tonight, and it was a big success. I'm one of those people who needs a recipe for everything, can't just wing it. Anyway, it was so simple, the flavors blended deliciously and it came out perfectly! After I marinated it and grilled it on my George Foreman, I used the remaining mixture as a dipping sauce for both the fish and veggies, also a win!

                                  1. re: lbflute

                                    So glad you tried it and liked it! Happy to share and delighted to get your feedback :-)

                                2. I too am a fan of keeping it simple if you've got flavorful wild salmon. My standard treatment is crushed garlic, Maldon salt, fresh ground pepper and a smidge of olive oil. This works on the grill or for a saute, broil or roast. And incredibly yummy!

                                  I've done maple syrup/spice combos and while they're interesting (and to my taste, probably best for inferior farmed salmon), I much prefer to let the flavor of the fish stand on its own.

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                                  1. re: mimilulu

                                    I agree with you on letting the wild salmon's flavor shine through. A simple light oil, some crushed pepper and sea salt, and low heat cooking for 25 minutes and it's perfect. That's what I do with the wild-caught Alaskan salmon I get each year from Seabear.com.

                                    But I'd say that the majority of what is sold elsewhere is farm-raised - perhaps with color injected to make it appear as wild. So a more flavorful marinade would help.

                                  2. miso and orange marmarlade. great for grilling. scrape off most of the paste before grilling because it burns easily.