|Grilled Salmon with a glaze of sugar-free maple syrup, Sriracha, and lime juice. So easy and delicious! (With the fish is Barely Blanched Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Red Bell Pepper, Radishes, Red Onion, and Cashews.)|
It's definitely grilling weather in Utah, and I've been cooking on my grill quite a bit, which always makes me happy. My latest grilling experiment was this Grilled Salmon with Maple-Sriracha-Lime Glaze, adapted from Salmon with Sriracha Sauce and Lime featured in Self Magazine. I loved the recipe idea of maple syrup, lime juice, and Sriracha on salmon, but I wanted lots more of the glaze ingredients, and for me this kind of salmon dish was just begging to go on the grill. Rather cheeky of me to adapt a recipe from a famous movie star (although you do know that these movie stars don't write their own books, don't you?) But definitely my version was a huge success, and I'm thinking this same type of sweet and spicy glaze would taste great on chicken.
I know some people are going to want to make this with regular maple syrup instead of the sugar-free maple syrup I used, so I want to talk about that a little before I move on to the recipe. I suspect (but don't know for sure) that regular maple syrup will be more likely to burn on the grill. If you're making this with regular maple syrup I'd probably start with the temperature a little bit lower, and possibly turn a little sooner than the recipe states. (And if anyone tries this with regular maple syrup, please let us know how it works for you!)
Take thawed salmon out of the fridge, rub with olive oil and fish rub, and let it come to room temperature. Spray the grill well with non-stick grill spray or a high smoke point oil and heat to high.
After about 4 minutes, check grill marks by lifting a corner of the fish, and if they're good rotate to the opposite angle across the grill.
Cook 3-4 minutes after you rotate and then carefully flip fish to the other side. Cook 1-2 minutes on the other side. Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.
(Makes 2 servings but can easily be doubled or tripled; recipe adapted from Salmon with Sriracha Sauce and Lime featured in Self Magazine.)
2 pieces skinless salmon, about 6 oz. each
3-4 tsp. olive oil, for rubbing salmon
2 tsp. fish rub seasoning (I used Szeged Fish Rub, which I order from Amazon.com)
non-stick grill spray or high smoke point oil (such as grapeseed) for oiling the grill
3 T sugar-free maple syrup
1 1/2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice.)
2-3 tsp. Sriracha Rooster Sauce (to taste; I used 3 tsp.)
Thaw frozen salmon overnight in the refrigerator. At least 30 minutes before you want to eat, take the salmon out of the fridge and blot dry with paper towel if it seems wet. Rub salmon on both sides with olive oil and fish rub and let it come to room temperature. Spray the grill well with non-stick grill spray (or rub with a paper towel dipped into grapeseed oil.) Preheat grill to high (or slightly lower for charcoal grill or if you're not using sugar-free maple syrup)
Whisk together the sugar-free maple syrup, lime juice, and Sriracha Sauce to make the glaze. When the salmon is room temperature, brush liberally on both sides with the glaze.
Lay salmon pieces on the grill, top side down and at an angle to the grill grates and immediately turn heat to medium-high. After about 4 minutes, check grill marks by lifting a corner of the fish with your turner, and if the marks look good, rotate fish to the opposite angle across the grill grates. (The fish should lift up easily without sticking when it's ready to rotate.) You can brush on more glaze after you rotate if you'd like.
Cook 3-4 minutes after you rotate (depending on the thickness of the salmon) and then carefully flip fish to the other side. Cook 1-2 minutes on the other side, or until fish feels firm (but not hard) to the touch when you press on it with your finger. (Total cooking time is 8-10 minutes.) Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.
South Beach Suggestions:
As long as you use sugar-free maple syrup, everything in this recipe would be approved for all phases of the South Beach Diet or any type of low-glycemic eating plan. (Even with regular maple syrup, the amount of sugar would be minimal, since you're only eating the glaze that sticks to the fish, but this was delicious with the sugar-free maple syrup.)
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.
More Delicious Salmon on the Grill:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Garlic Sauce ~ The Lemon Bowl
Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive, and Caper Relish ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Salmon with Lime-Butter Sauce ~ Turntable Kitchen
Herb Encrusted Grilled Salmon ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Alaskan Wild Salmon ~ Vintage Mixer
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)
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