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Maple-Soy BBQ Salmon

When thinking about what food to publish this month of July to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, I have to admit, besides dessert (like Nanaimo bars and Butter Tarts (coming Monday)), I couldn’t think of anything more Canadian than Salmon!

Combine this with a Maple Syrup marinade and sauce and this dish screams Canada! The idea for this dish came from my sister, who mentioned that her boyfriend made a really good maple-soy salmon on the BBQ. During the summer, I think most people would prefer to be cooking outside than inside (but I have included directions for those who might want to cook this indoors).

Now most of you know that I can’t eat fish or shellfish, so, in the interest of Travel*Food*Cool readers, I had to wait until I was in Calgary to make this for Pete, Christian and Katharine.

This dish is quick to prep and can be cooked in less than 15 minutes! Easy for those days when you are on the run and need a quick dinner.

Prep time: 10 minutes + 30 minutes marinating; Cook time: 11 – 13 minutes; Serves: 4 – 6

What you need:

  • 1 salmon fillet (skin on) (mine was 800 g)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Minced Ginger & Garlic paste (or use 1/2 tsp minced garlic + 1/2 tsp minced ginger)
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce (or any other chili sauce)
  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • green onion (for garnish) sliced

What you do:

  • In a rectangle dish large enough to fit your salmon, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, ginger garlic, Sriracha, lime juice and zest and salt and pepper
Add maple syrup, soy sauce, ginger garlic, Sriracha, lime juice and zest and salt and pepper
Whisk together maple syrup, soy sauce, ginger garlic, Sriracha, lime juice and zest and salt and pepper
  • Add salmon to dish flesh side down
Add salmon flesh side down
  • Cover and refrigerate for 20 – 30 minutes (turn once halfway through)
Turn once halfway through marinating
  • Heat your BBQ (or oven) to 400 degrees
  • Put a sheet of aluminum foil on the BBQ (or aluminum foil on a baking sheet if using the oven)
  • put salmon skin down on the foil
Place salmon on aluminum foil on the BBQ
  • While the fish is cooking, pour leftover marinade into a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce by half
Add leftover marinade to a saucepan and bring to a boil
Boil until reduced by half
  • Cook salmon for 11 – 13 minutes, or until fish flakes
Using a spatula, remove salmon from skin and place on serving dish
  • Take metal spatula, remove fish from skin, place on serving dish
  • Pour reduced marinade over salmon
Pour reduced marinade over salmon, garnish with green onion (apologies, I forgot to wipe the sloshed marinade off the plate!)
  • Garnish with sliced green onion
  • Serve (marinade sauce is great on rice)



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