This dish truly lives up to its lofty name (a shout-out to one of my Juneau friends). This is the best salmon I’ve ever eaten!! Then again, it’s a butter-based sauce so it should be delicious… In addition to being mouth-watering, it’s super quick and easy making it one of our favorite summer grill recipes (when the salmon are running). In just 25 minutes, you could be serving up seafood perfection on a plate! If you think you don’t like seafood, one bite of this salmon will prove you wrong…
I can’t take credit for this fantastic recipe. It’s from the Gustavus Inn, a James Beard Award winner (it’s a big culinary award, in case you didn’t know). Their food is amazing. If you’re ever headed to Glacier Bay, make sure to check them out.
In addition to being delicious, salmon is great for you, packed with protein and omega-3’s. Seafood provides important nutrients for your diet, but it’s important to make responsible choices when buying seafood whether it’s in a store or at a restaurant. Make sure you know what you’re eating and where it’s from. There are a lot of resources out there to help you choose sustainable seafood, but my favorite is Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They have pocket guides that you can print and keep in your wallet, and they have a smartphone app. Check them out!
Poseidon’s Offering – Phenomenal Grilled Salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
2/3 – 1 lb. Wild-caught Pacific Salmon
2 tbsp. + 2 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
3/4 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1. First you need to prepare your salmon fillet. I was using this gorgeous 1 pound king salmon fillet troll-caught in Southeast Alaska… heaven!! You’ve got to make sure you check for pin bones. They’re these little tiny, flexible bones in the middle of the muscle. You can see them along the right side of my fillet (they’re the little white dots). You locate them by running your finger along the fillet and feeling for the little bones poking up.
I like to remove pin bones using tweezers (I keep a dedicated set in the kitchen), pulling in the same direction as the bone rather than against the grain.
Once you’ve removed all the pin bones, cut the fillet into two pieces.
2. Gather the ingredients for your sauce: butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Yes, this incredible sauce is made with only 4 ingredients…
3. Throw all the ingredients in a small saucepan and melt the butter over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally. Don’t be too worried about the amount of butter in this recipe, it makes more sauce than you need.
4. Once the butter is fully melted and the sauce is mixed, turn the heat down to low and keep warm. Put some of your sauce in a bowl to take to the grill making sure to leave some sauce in the pot for later.
5. Grill salmon over high heat ~4 minutes per side (time will vary depending on fillet thickness) brushing with sauce periodically. Note: Butter makes up a large proportion of the sauce so the drops that drip off the salmon will catch fire. Be careful!
6. Serve the fillets while they’re hot with additional sauce to drizzle over them. After your first bite, your eyes will roll back in your head!
Serve your salmon with a couple Veggies and Sides to make it a meal. We like steamed broccoli and homemade wild rice pilaf. This is one of the best seafood dishes you’ll EVER taste!! You won’t want to make salmon any other way again…