Thursday 17 May 2012

Asian Salmon

Yesterday, my husband Dean brought home three beautiful salmon fillet portions and asked me to make our ever so delicious Asian grilled salmon recipe. I learnt to make it many years ago from one of Jamie Oliver’s live demonstrations during a food festival. I adapted it and have cooked it this way ever since. It’s a mix of teryaki flavour with a  touch of Thai. It is sticky on the outside and keeps a juicy pink flesh inside. Even those who are not so keen on salmon cannot resist it. It’s also a great barbecue option – especially if you buy the whole salmon fillet. As an option you can use chicken instead.

The ingredients for the marinade
Put them all in a pestle and mortar

Bash it well and then add the tamari sauce

Put it on the fish

Marinade evenly

And let them marinade in the fridge for at least 1 hour

Take the fish out of the marinade mix and brush it with maple
Put them under a hot grill for 10 minutes
My Asian grilled Salmon
It's sticky and  juicy!

Asian flavoured grilled salmon


The quantities of the ingredients are for one whole salmon fillet (about 1kg) or 4 portions

2 sticks of lemongrass
3 garlic cloves
Thumb-sized fresh ginger
A bunch of coriander stalks
70ml tamari sauce
4 pieces of salmon or 1 whole fillet
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 large red chilli, sliced
3 spring onions, finely sliced
A bunch of coriander leaves
2 limes


Put the lemongrass, garlic, fresh ginger, and coriander stalks into a pestle and mortar and give a good bash. Add the tamari sauce and mix well. Then, rub the mixture all over the salmon and leave it to marinate for a minimum 1 hour, on a tray covered with a non-PVC cling film, if possible. 

Preheat the grill to its highest setting. Remove the salmon from the marinade, brush it with maple syrup and grill for 10 minutes.

Serve it sprinkled with chillies, spring onions, coriander leaves and a squeeze of lime.

We had it with green salad and grilled asparagus on the side.

The main ingredient and its healthy benefits

Salmon: is an excellent source of quality protein, potassium, selenium, vitamins B12 and D, and carotenoids. It contains high levels of the essential fatty acid Omega 3, which may help prevent cardiovascular diseases – reducing heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmias. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, improve brain function and memory. Research has shown that it’s also beneficial for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Till next week!

1 comment

  1. Dear Margot,
    I absolutely loved this recipe. Will be off to the fishmongers soon to buy the salmon - that will be our dinner this evening!
    Really great,
    Adri xx


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