Spice-up Your Healthy Summer Barbecue 3 Ways with Grilled Salmon


Please all of your summer barbecue guests this summer with hearty, healthy salmon. Jazzing things up and dishing out choice doesn’t have to be difficult or a dietary disaster. But, it can be delicious!

Sweet? Savory? Spicy? Let your guests decide. Find some fresh salmon steaks and fire-up the grill. It takes just minutes to cook these nutritious wonders to perfection. Make the toppings ahead of time, so they’re ready to for your guests to spoon on top!

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Simplicity is key when cooking outside and maximizing your minutes to enjoy your free time with friends and family. Every good barbecue starts with the basics. Try this simple way to successfully grill salmon steaks:

  • Lightly oil grill grate.
  • If they are skinned, wait until cooked to peel off the skin.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on one side of fillets.
  • Place fillets over medium-hot coals.
  • Cook about 4 minutes. Then carefully flip the steak.
  • Cook another 4 minutes until the flesh is flaky.

*You might need to adjust cook time to adjust for the thickness of each fillet.

Remix Your Salmon Summer Barbecue to Accommodate Each Guest

Now comes the fun part where your guests can add pizazz! Make the three sauces below ahead of time to please each person’s palate.

1) Who is Sweet?


Mix together
2 diced mangos
1 diced red bell pepper
¼ cup minced onion
1-2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Whisk together
the juice of one lemon
the juice of two limes
1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Pour dressing over chopped items.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

2) Savory?

Heat in a saucepan
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic

16 ounces diced canned tomatoes
1 1/2 tablespoon capers
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Let simmer for 10 minutes.

This can be served warm or cold.

3) Who Revels in the Heat?

Mix together
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 cup diced pineapple
1 diced onion
3 tablespoons cilantro

Whisk together
Juice of one large lime
1 teaspoon olive oil
One finely minced fresh jalapeno pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Pour dressing over mixed ingredients and stir well. Let rest for an hour or more before serving to bring out the flavor.

Quick to prepare salmon steaks and sauces? This plan is a winner that will keep you on track when it comes to sticking to your wellness goals throughout the summer. Salmon is full of heart-healthy, brain-building nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, B12 and much more. Also, each sauce provides a nutritional blast from the fruits and vegetables featured.

Stop fishing around for the perfect barbecue idea. Go grab some salmon!

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