In my last post I told you about the salad our neighbors served us when we had dinner at their home...it was delicious and almost upstaged by the main course...the Lemon Grilled Salmon. And in case you think it's strange for me to still be thinking/talking about a meal I had over two weeks ago...let me assure you, my shrink says this is perfectly normal behavior for someone who can be a tad obsessive and occasionally certifiable. I loved everything about that meal...the setting, the weather, the clean fresh tastes and the simplicity of it all...and I marvel that this adorable young couple could pull off such a wonderful evening with two active kids and a newborn baby! It's hard for me to sling hash with no kids around and just one big baby, the mister, who is always underfoot when I cook!
When I saw how David was grilling the fish, it was one of those moments...Duh! Why didn't I think of that? He put lemon slices on the grill...then he put the salmon on top of the lemons...and my light bulb fired on all cylinders! (As proof of that I thought to myself...Gee, this would work for any fish! Good thinking, no? And they say I'm just a pretty face!)
My neighbor has a real grill...uses real coals...it was a sight to behold...and he set them up so the heat was around the salmon, on the sides - indirect - so that's why I did on my grill...I set the salmon in the middle, turned off the middle burners and just had the ones on the sides on...it was a beautiful thing.
More lemon squeezed on top...more is more. The salmon is infused with lemon flavor from the bottom up...it's dang good...I'd give this a 5 on the Dang Meter...and after every bite I'd say dang, too, because pseudo swearing is in right now...that's the flippin' word on the street.
Lemon Grilled Salmon - Inspired by David and Marisa Sapienza
1 salmon fillet, skin removed
enough lemon slices to go under the entire piece of salmon
salt and pepper to taste
If using a charcoal grill, set up coals along the outside to create indirect heat. Heat to about 450 degrees. If using a gas grill, turn off middle burners and light the sides, or if you only have two burners, turn on one side only; again, for indirect heat. Put lemon slices on grill, place salmon fillet on top of lemon. Cover grill, and if using gas turn heat to low, and allow to cook until salmon just barely flakes, about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how big/thick your salmon is. Salmon does not need to be turned. Squeeze lemon juice over salmon as it cooks, if desired.
Thanks Marisa and David - it was a very fun night!