Cooking Grilled Salmon

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Recent trends in health sciences and dieting are starting to encourage people to eat meats like fish and veal in place of meats like beef and pork. These foods are high in protein and healthy fats, and are not as heavily processed as more traditional foods. However, dieters often find it hard to wholly integrate these healthier foods into their diets.

One hurdle is that it's difficult for many people to use healthy alternatives in all situations. For example, the traditional cookout seems incomplete without steaks, burgers, and hot dogs. What many people don't realize is that fish can be prepared in as many different ways as beef--if not more. One especially versatile and healthy food is salmon, which is also an excellent choice for grilling.

Salmon on the Grill

Both Atlantic and Pacific Salmon are large fish, and the edible part of a fish makes a fillet about 12" long. Salmon cooks quickly on a hot grill, and can be prepared in a variety of ways. You can marinade the fillet overnight to flavor the meat, but many appreciate the flavor of the fish itself and cook it with just a dash of lemon.

Make sure to brush the grill with oil before cooking, because the meat cooks quickly and can stick to the surface. A salmon fillet will grill in ten to fifteen minutes, and you can tell it's cooked when it starts to take on a flaky texture. Grilled salmon is best served hot, and can be eaten on its own or as a sandwich.

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