Monday, May 9, 2011

80--- Grilled Thai Barbecue Salmon

Everyone knows that salmon is a healthy choice for protein. It is very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help decrease inflammation throughout the body. Omega-3's may also be helpful in lowering plasma triglyceride levels and improving concentration and mood.

Farmed or Wild? This is a debate that I had to research quite a bit. What I found is the suggestion that eating farmed fish could expose you to PCBs (toxic chemicals) due to possible water pollution near farming operations. The recommendation is to only eat farmed fish once a week. If salmon is on your menu more frequent than that, try wild salmon (canned wild salmon is good as well). For more information, check out this CNN article.

I love finding ways to use my homemade barbecue sauces! I served this salmon garnished with edamame on a bed of medium grain white rice with a side of grilled red onions and pineapple. Highly recommended!

Grilled Thai Barbecue Salmon

Serves 4

4- 4oz wild sockeye salmon filets

1 cup Some Like it Spicy Barbecue Sauce (see below)

Some Like it Spicy (Thai) Barbecue Sauce

Makes 3 cups

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup Thai chile sauce

1/2 cup spiced rum

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp ketchup

3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 cloves garlic, pressed and finely minced

2 tsp ground dry mustard

In a medium saucepan, saute garlic until slightly browned. Add remaining ingredients over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally. Cool and refrigerate until ready to use.

On a hot grill. place salmon filets meat-side down for ~1-2 minutes, just until grill marks appear on filets. Flip filets to skin-side down. Brush each filet with 2 Tbsp sauce and continue to cook on medium-hot grill for 20-25 minutes or until fish is cooked through but not dry. Reapply 2 Tbsp sauce to each filet halfway through cooking.

Nutrition Info per 4oz salmon with sauce: 259 calories, 7 g fat, 25 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates

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