Grilled Salmon with Bacon & Tomato Salsa

Grilled Salmon with Bacon & Tomato Salsa
4 salmon fillets approximately 6 oz each
10 to 12 sprigs fresh thyme
2 slices thick bacon
½ cup diced red onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
ground coarse salt to taste
ground  black pepper to taste
Canola oil
10 oz mild diced tomatoes with green chilies, well drained

Skin salmon fillets or have your butcher skin them at the time of purchase.
Preheat grill to medium high.  Finely chop thyme and discard stems.
Cut bacon into ¼ inch pieces; lightly brown in a pan; and remove.  Add onions to the bacon drippings and cook until onions are sweated.  Combine onions, bacon and garlic; heat gently.
Season the skinless salmon with salt, pepper and thyme.  Rub salmon with canola oil.  Sear on both sides.
Place salmon in a foil pan on an unheated section of the grill.  Close hood and allow salmon to finish cooking until the fish is opaque in the center which would be internal temperature of 145 degrees F.  Or cook to your desired doneness.
Add tomatoes with green chilies to bacon mixture; simmer 4 to 5 minutes until thick.  Spoon salsa over the salmon.
Serves 4
From prep to table 40 minutes

Lemon & Ginger Grill Salmon

4  1 ½ to 2 inch strips of Atlantic or Black Pearl Salmon
¼ cup canola oil or vegetable oil
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
½ teasopon ground ginger
¼ cup chopped green onion
1 teaspoon lemon peel
Lemon slices (optional – for garnish )

Mix oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger, green onion and lemon peel together in a large, shallow glass dish.  Add salmon strips and coat well.  Marinate 30 minutes minimum or up to 2 hours, turning several times.  Preheat grill to medium high.  Lightly oil grill grates to prevent sticking.  Remove salmon strips from marinade; discard the remaining liquid.
Place salmon, skin side up, on grill for 3 minutes.  Turn carefully and continue to cook, skin side down, for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until just done and the center flakes with fork.  To remove strips from grill, run spatula between skin and salmon.  This will provide a plate-ready, skinless strip.
Garnish dish with chopped green onion, lemon peel, and lemon slices.
Serves 4
Prep time 25 minutes
Marinade 30 minutes to 2 hours
Grill time 7 to 10 minutes

Fast & Spicy Grilled Halibut

4 halibut fillets (4 to 6 oz each)
1 tablespoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 ½ tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat grill to medium high.  Mix together all dry-seasoning ingredients until well combined.  Rinse halibut filet under cold water; pat dry with paper towel.  Place fish on a spray-coated or foil-lined baking sheet.  Brush butter onto top surfaces of halibut, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon seasoning mixture.
Grill halibut 5 to 7 inches from heat for 8 minutes.  Cook just until fish is opaque throughout and flakes easily.

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Grill time about 13 minutes

Tangier Island Virginia Crab Cakes

1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound lump crabmeat, drained – do not break up chunks too much
2 slices white bread, finely crumbled (about 1 ½ cups)
3 tablespoons canola oil
There are 4 grades of crabmeat: claw, special, lump and jumbo lump.  Using blue lump crabmeat for this recipe will result in the best texture and flavor.

Add the crabmeat AFTER mixing the initial ingredients to avoid breaking up the chunks of crab too much.  Then, mix in the bread crumbs gently. When adding the bread crumbs, use only as much as you need to be able to form the patty that holds together.
In a large bowl, mix all the first eight ingredients until blended.  Fold in crab until well coated.  Gently stir in bread crumbs until well blended.  Shape into twelve ½ inch thick patties.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add crab cakes in batches; cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side.
Makes 12 crab cakes
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes per batch

Remoulade Sauce:
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chopped dill pickle
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons creole mustard
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Mix all ingredients together until well blended.  Serve with crab cakes.  Makes 1 cup.

Delicious Glazed Black Pearl Salmon

Four 8 oz salmon fillets – skin removed
1/3 cup soy sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons Dijon style mustard
Oil for grill grates

Mix the soy sauce, brown sugar and the Dijon mustard together and rub the fillets with the mixture. Allow the fillets to get to room temperature.
Preheat grill to medium high heat – should be about 400 degrees. Lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking. Fish takes about 8-10 minutes per inch at 400 degrees to cook. Measure the thickest part of your fillets to judge how long it will take to cook.
Place the fillets on grill grate. Allow to cook about 5 minutes – turn to second side to finish grilling. Salmon should flake easily – do not overcook. Remember that when you remove from the grill, the salmon is still cooking about another 5 degrees internal temperature. Salmon internal temperature should be 130 to 135 degrees, so pull off the grill when it is about 125 to 130 degrees to finish cooking internally.
A nice glaze will form on the fillets. Serve with cooked rice and vegetables.
Serves 4
From prep to table 20 minutes

Baked Tilapia With Cajun Crumb topping

4 to 6 tilapia fillets – thawed
1 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning
Pinch dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
Dash ground black pepper

Heat oven to 400 F.
Spray non-stick oil a large shallow baking dish.
Arrange thawed fish fillets on the prepared baking pan.  Brush with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter.  Combine the remaining butter with the soft bread crumbs and seasonings.  Sprinkle the crumbs over the tilapia fillets.
Bake the fish for 10 to 15 minutes or until fish is cooked thoroughly.  Fish will be opaque and will flake easily with a fork when done.
Carefully remove the fillets to plates with a spatula.
Serve with spicy cooked rice like Vigo yellow rice or dirty rice.
Serves 4
From prep to table 25 minutes

Baked Halibut & Parmesan Crumb Topping

1 ½ lb halibut fillets
3 slices bread
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
dash ground black pepper
2 tablespoons melted butter
Lemon wedges or slices for serving

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet or line the pan with nonstick foil.
Thaw halibut if you bought frozen. Cut the halibut to make four (6 oz) servings. Arrange the fillets on the prepared baking sheet. (If fillets have skin still on, place skin side down.)
Tear the bread into pieces and put in the food processor. Pulse until the breadcrumbs are fine.
In a medium bowl, combine the crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and melted butter. Mix well.
Sprinkle the buttery seasoned bread crumbs on the halibut pieces; pat down to help the crumbs adhere to the fillets.
Bake the fillets for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork and is opaque.
Serve the halibut with fresh lemon wedges or slices.
This fish is great served with roasted potatoes or cooked rice.
Serves 4
From prep to table 22 minutes

Salmon Dill Soup

1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
1 large carrot, cut into ½ inch slices
1 ½ cups water
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
5 medium fresh mushrooms, halved
1 tablespoon flour
¼ cup evaporated milk
¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz salmon fillet, skinned, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Place potato, carrot, water & chicken broth in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes.
Add mushrooms. In a small bowl, mix flour and milk until smooth; stir into soup. Return to a boil; cook and stir until mushrooms are tender. Reduce heat to medium; stir in cheese until melted.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add salmon; cook, uncovered, until fish just begins to flake easily with a folk, 3-4 minutes. Stir in pepper and salt to taste. Sprinkle with dill.
Serves 2
From prep to table 30 minutes

Salmon and Vegetable Salad

1 pound fingerling potatoes
½ pound fresh green beans or wax beans
½ pound fresh asparagus
4 salmon fillets (6 to 8 oz each)
1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup red wine vinaigrette, divided
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups fresh arugula or baby spinach
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

Cut potatoes lengthwise in half.  Trim and cut the green or wax beans and asparagus into 2 inch pieces.  Place the potatoes in a 6 qt stockpot; add water to cover.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender, adding beans and asparagus during the last 4 minutes of cooking.  Drain.
Meanwhile, brush salmon with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette; sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking.  Place fish on rack, skin side down.  Grill, covered 6-8 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork and separates from the skin.
In a large bowl, combine potato mixture, arugula or spinach, tomatoes and chives.  Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette; toss to coat.  Serve with salmon.
Serves 4
From prep to table 30 minutes

Grilled Fish Tacos

1 mango, peeled, pitted & cubed
1 avocado, pitted, peeled & cubed
½ red onion, finely chopped
cilantro, fresh chopped
1 lime, juiced, plus wedges for garnish
salt & ground black pepper
Canola oil
8 corn tortillas
1 ½ pounds tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon blackening spice
2 cups finely shredded red cabbage

Mix the mango, avocado, onion and the juice of one lime in a bowl.  Season with cilantro, salt and pepper.
Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Drizzle a light coating of oil over the fish and rub on the blackening spice.  Cook the fish, undisturbed, for four minutes.  Carefully flip with a spatula and cook for another four minutes.  Remove from heat.
Warm the tortillas on the grill for one to two minutes or wrap in damp paper towels and microwave for one minute until warm and pliable.
Break the fish into chunks and divide among the warm tortillas.  Top with the cabbage and the mango salsa.  Serve with the lime wedges.
Serves 4
Recipe contributed by David

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