Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"That" Salmon or Grilled Sesame Salmon

In my family, which happens to be dominated by females (even our canine is a female), more often than not, I am in the minority.  I love salmon, could eat it three or four times a week.  A.J. won't eat salmon.  His fish groups are catfish and trout and the trout better be speckled trout.  I can easily pass off talapia and orange roughy on him.  As for the homegirlz,  Lauren won't eat fish; she's more of a fried shrimp kind of a Cajun.  Kaitlin only eats catfish and only if it's fried and thin and crispy.

When I happen to be home alone for the evening, which isn't very often, I get giddy.  The freedom!!!  On these rare and special nights I can grill salmon. 

The evenings have become very pleasant lately.  I turn on the satellite radio and listen to my new favorite station, sip a little wine, stare at the mountains and fire up the grill.

If you like a little Asian flare, try this one out!

2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for brushing on salmon

1 shallot, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 (4 ounce) salmon steaks

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the shallots and garlic and saute until soft.


While the veggies are sauteing, brush the salmon on both sides with oil.

Season with salt and pepper.

Once the vegetables have softened, stir in the hoisin, ketchup, honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce and fish sauce and continue cooking for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.

Remove from the heat, stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Heat the grill to high. If you have a slotted grill pan, use it to prevent the fish from falling through the grates.   Place salmon on a grill pan skin side down, turn after about 90 seconds to sear the other side. Return salmon to skin side down , lower heat to medium and grill over indirect heat. Brush salmon with sauce and close the top.  Grill until slightly charred on both sides. Continue to brush salmon with the sauce every minute or so until you reach the desired doneness, approximately 5 to 7 minutes per side.


Remove the salmon from grill to a plate and brush with more sauce. Allow fish to rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh chives and serve

I'm not going to lie, I was planning on eating both of them (don't judge), but A.J. got home early and ate it.  Yes he did, now he likes "that" salmon.

Here's Lauren's senior proofs...she got here way too fast!


Becca's Dirt said...

I'm always up for a new salmon recipe. I will try this one. Congrats on the graduate. They grow up so fast don't they.

Big Dude said...

Nice job Katherine and good to see Aj is at least willing to give it a try. As a mom, I'm sure you really appreciate those special times when you get to indulge yourself a little.

David said...

Katherine, Great looking salmon! I love the spices you used... FYI...you have great kids! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Pam said...

I'd like "that" salmon too! Great pics!

The Japanese Redneck said...

You have a beautiful daughter.

Glad you have made him a convert.

I fix things that only I will eat. Why suffer because nobody else will eat it.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What great pictures of Lauren. She and Kaitlyn are such dolls and so grown up. It's so easy to visit with them. It was a pleasure to see you and your family at the get-together on Sunday.

Guess AJ just didn't know what he was missing with the salmon. Strange thing what being hungry can do to you. Glad to know you indulge yourself when you're alone. I don't often go to the trouble just for myself.

MaryBeth said...

OMG..This fish looks amazing, I would love to have this for dinner. Congrats on the graduation...all 3 of my kids are long done with that, they are 23/22 & 21.

Hornsfan said...

Delish looking salmon, can't wait to try that! Congrats on the impending graduation!

A Year on the Grill said...

Lauren is a doll... It's a blessing; and a curse (my daughter finally made it to married to a great guy, employed in the career of her choice and paid off student loans... My job is done, but the years between Lauren's age and now were a bit gut wrenching to get there.

It's what makes life fun!

And you had me at Hoisen sauce! Salmon is my very favorite fish to grill

teresa said...

oh YUMMY! i love the flavors in this salmon, delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

Isn't it such a treat to have a dinner you love without enduring the bitching? :)

Debbie said...

I'm also a big salmon lover. I could eat salmon several nights a week but my husband doesn't care for it. He says he ate too much of it during the years he worked in catering! Your daughter is beautiful and they do grow up way too fast!