Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Ginger Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Ginger Sauce

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019

Ginger, fish sauce and honey combine to create a delicious basting sauce in this easy grilled salmon recipe. Look for Thai red chiles in the produce section of your grocery store, or use a green or red jalapeño instead. Not only is this salmon dish delicious, it also takes just 25 minutes to prepare, making it the ideal centerpiece for a healthy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Cilantro-Ginger Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced seeded Thai red chile (about 1 large) or jalapeño pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 medium clove garlic, mashed into paste
  • Salmon
  • 1 pound skin-on salmon fillet (about 2 inches thick), preferably wild-caught, cut into 4 portions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


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  1. To prepare sauce: Whisk oil, lime juice, cilantro, fish sauce, chile (or jalapeño), ginger, honey, and garlic in a small bowl. Reserve 1 Tbsp. of the sauce in a separate small bowl to use for basting.
  2. To prepare salmon: Preheat grill to medium-high (see Tip). Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Rub oil all over the salmon. Sprinkle both sides with pepper and salt. Place the salmon on the grill, skin-side up. Grill until the salmon lifts from the grates without sticking, about 6 minutes. Flip the salmon and brush with the reserved 1 Tbsp. sauce. Cook until the salmon lifts from the grates without sticking and flakes with a fork, 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve with the remaining sauce.
  • Tip: Clean grill grates well before grilling to prevent the fish fillets from sticking. To oil the grates, soak a paper towel with vegetable oil, hold it with tongs and rub it over the grates. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
  • Equipment: Charcoal or gas grill

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 oz. fish + about 2 tsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 204 calories; 11 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 14 mcg folate; 53 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 192 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 48 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 320 mg sodium; 437 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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