Grilled Salmon with Ginger and Green Onion Relish
Editor's Note: Here is a twist on salmon with an Asian bent. Although the Chinese frown on grilling, this recipe has you use the grill to prepare the salmon. You then pair it with a delicious ginger and green onion relish, created with a Chinese sauce for chicken in mind. Salmon fillets are preferable for this recipe, but salmon steaks would also suffice. Relish lovers will enjoy this new take on salmon that combines traditional Chinese flavors with a fish staple that many prepare weekly or monthly. Enjoy your dish that will carry your taste buds above and beyond the Great Wall of China.
The ginger and green onion relish is based on a Chinese sauce for chicken. Chinese seldom grill fish, except in Taiwan where it is a vestige of Japanese colonial past. However, the marriage of simply grilled fish with this elaborated Chinese sauce is perfect. Darns of salmon (slices of fillet) are preferable, but steaks also grill well.
OccasionFamily Get-together, Formal Dinner Party
Recipe CourseMain Course
Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Low Carb, Tree Nut Free
Taste and TextureGarlicky, Herby, Savory, Spiced
- 1 green onion, cut into fine julienne
- 6 green onions, finely chopped
- 1 stalk coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
- 2 ½ tbsp (35 ml) grated or finely minced ginger root
- 1 ¼ tsp (6 ml) salt
- 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 ml) very finely chopped red chilies
- ¼ tsp (1 ml) white pepper
- 1/3 cup (75 ml) peanut oil or vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) Szechuan peppercorns
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) sesame oil
- 4 darns (each 6 oz (175 g); see headnote) salmon or 7 to 8 oz (210 to 250 g) salmon steaks or whole small trout
- ½ tsp (2 ml) black pepper
- Coriander sprigs for garnish
Soak green onion julienne in cold water. In a heatproof bowl, stir together chopped green onions and coriander; cover with ginger, 1 tsp (5 ml) of the salt, chilies and white pepper. In a small saucepan heat oil with Szechuan peppercorns over medium heat until fragrant; add sesame oil and pour through a strainer over green onion mixture. Stir until well mixed; cool. Pour most of the oil from the surface of the relish and reserve.
Sprinkle fish with remaining salt and black pepper and grill or broil on both sides. For salmon darns, grill skinside first then flip and remove skin. (For trout, baste fish after turning with reserved oil and turn a second time to baste; ensure that skin is crispy.) When just cooked through, remove from grill. Cover each salmon piece with a line of the relish. (For trout, cut through skin with a sharp knife at the bottom of one side from the stomach opening to the tail; carefully peel back crispy skin in one piece and make a roll of it at the back of the fish; put a line of relish along the middle of the trout.) Garnish fish with coriander sprigs and well-drained green onion julienne.
Trout can be a substitute for salmon if you cannot find it at stores in your area. If using trout, buy whole small trout; trout fillets lose too much taste and are too thin to grill.
1997 Andrew Chase