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Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Herb Butter Sauce

grilled salmon with lemon-herb butter sauce Entree
Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Herb Butter Sauce
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 0 min
  • Servings 4

Fresh salmon, tart lemon and herby dill are our favorite culinary harbingers of the arrival of spring. Celebrate your first grillout of the season with this light and fresh entrée and simple sauce for salmon, which is perfect for a celebratory dinner or just a simple family supper. MORE+ LESS-

September 21, 2018

Ingredients

Sauce

2
tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1/4
cup dry white wine
3
tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6
tablespoons COLD butter
1
tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1
tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
1/8
teaspoon pepper

Salmon

1
tablespoon olive oil
1
tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1
lb. salmon fillets, cut into 4 pieces
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small saucepan, combine shallots, wine and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture is reduced to about 2 to 3 tablespoons, stirring occasionally.
  • 2
    Remove from heat. Stir in cold butter 1 tablespoon at a time until each is well blended. Stir in dill, chives and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cover to keep warm.
  • 3
    In small bowl, combine oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; mix well. Brush over salmon fillets. Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • 4
    When grill is heated, place salmon, skin side up, on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork, turning once and brushing occasionally with any remaining oil mixture. If necessary, reheat butter sauce over very low heat, stirring constantly. Serve salmon with butter sauce.

  • Salmon steaks that are cut into an even thickness will be easier to grill, knowing that they will all be ready at the same time.

Expert Tips

  • Look for wild salmon from Alaska in the summer time, farmed Scottish salmon year ‘round, or steelhead trout (which has the same red, rich flesh and is high in Omega 3 fatty acids like salmon). When you cut the fillet into pieces make the thinner end, closest to the tail, into wider pieces. Put the thicker pieces on the grill for a few minutes before adding the thinner pieces.
  • No worries about letting the fish hang around in this marinade for longer than you might with a more acidic marinade—one that has citrus juice or vinegar will begin to “cook” the fish if left on the fish for longer than 30 minutes.
  • The brown sugar, butter and honey glaze will caramelize on the surface of the fish, along with the soy sauce it forms a savory, umami-rich coating. Fish is best grilled for about 5 minutes per inch thickness for medium doneness, which means you may want to pull off the thinner pieces before the others.
  • Sprinkle the salmon with toasted white and black sesame seeds and a good shower of slivered green onions or torn fresh cilantro leaves for a pretty finish.
  • This sauce recipe is adapted from the classic French sauce, beurre blanc, literally "white butter," It is best when prepared at the last minute. However, one can start the recipe before grilling the fish and then whisk in the butter as soon as the fish is done. If you're rushed, don't bother to strain out the shallots.
  • To broil salmon, place on broiler pan. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat using grilling times as a guide, turning once and brushing with any remaining oil mixture as directed.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of Recipe
Calories
345
Calories from Fat
245
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
42%
Saturated Fat
13g
65%
Cholesterol
120mg
40%
Sodium
340mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
2g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
1g
Protein
24g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
16%
16%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Lean Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • You’ve taken the cover off the grill and donned your lucky grilling apron. But before you fire up the charcoals or turn on the gas for this grilled fresh fish and lemon sauce for salmon, take a few minutes to check out Betty’s guide on How to Grill Salmon, which offers basic tips, fun twists, more ideas for sauce for salmon and inspiration for next time, including Grilled Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade, Grilled Salmon with Veggies, Citrus-Glazed Grilled Salmon, Grilled Lemon and Salmon Foil Packs and Grilled Ginger Salmon Fillets. Wondering what to serve with your grilled salmon dinner? Consider a crisp and garlicky Caesar salad, some steamed vegetables and a side of potatoes or rice. Since you’ve already got the grill fired up, consider grilling peaches or pineapple and adding them to dishes of ice cream for dessert. You can’t go wrong with this sauce to go with salmon, and you can’t go wrong with any of the Betty’s Best Salmon Recipes, either.

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