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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Grilled Maple Salmon

We eat a lot of fish, mainly locally caught bass, pickerel and perch.  However, we love cod, tuna and salmon.  I'm very picky about the quality of the fish we consume.  Salmon in particular is available as farm raised or wild.  Farm raised salmon is usually a bit cheaper but not by much.  The problem with farm raised salmon is it is often dyed to get the beautiful pink salmon colour and it lacks the deep, rich salmon flavour of wild salmon.  We always buy wild salmon with no additives even when dining out.

grilled maple salmon
Simple is always a good policy when grilling but that doesn't mean the food needs to be bland or plain.  I paired Canadian maple syrup with wild salmon on the grill.  There is just something about this pairing that works so I use it quite often.  The sweetness of the maple syrup enhances the deep salmon flavour without overpowering it.  I used maple syrup as a mop while grilling then as a finishing glaze and finally as dipping sauce.  I served the grilled maple salmon with camp style potatoes made with red onion and seasoned with garlic pepper. 

I just love salmon grilled this way.  It is absolutely delightful!  Unlike some fish, salmon does lend itself well to grilling.  It is a nice firm fish so you don't have to worry about it breaking up on the grill like some fish would.  Salmon is definitely one of my favourite grilling fish!


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