Grilled Salmon Recipe

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If you like grilled salmon or even if you don’t like grilled salmon you might appreciate this recipe. But this recipe isn’t about the salmon – it’s all about the sauce. Tonight I prepared a tangy, sweet, and spicy sauce that goes great with grilled salmon or even ribs or chicken.  Be careful to not over cook the sauce, as it will thicken as it cools. If the sauce sits for too long and becomes too thick then just add a little bit of water to thin it out. This delicious sauce called ‘honey pepper sauce’ is very similar to the one served at the Applebee’s restaurant. This meal is very easy to prepare and the fish and the sauce should be on the table within just a few minutes.  Also, if you don’t have a grill, or prefer not to use one baking the salmon in the oven will work just as good.
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Honey Pepper Sauce-
¾ cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
¼ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder

4 (8 oz) salmon fillets
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
Vegetable oil

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1:
To make the sauce combine all of the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally bring the sauce to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Watch the sauce to make sure it doesn’t bubble over while boiling. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Step 2: Rub each salmon fillet with vegetable oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.
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Step 3: Grill salmon for 4-7 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.
Step 4: Serve Salmon with a cup of honey pepper sauce for dipping or pour sauce over salmon fillets.

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16 Responses to “Grilled Salmon Recipe”

  1. Tim E. — April 18, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    Looks delicious! I am going to try this one out. The only thing that worries me is the cayenne pepper; my wife doesn’t like her food too spicy.

  2. Bobby — April 18, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

    Tim E. – Just go a little easy on the spices. Add 1/2-3/4 of what the recipe calls for. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Niall Harbison — April 21, 2008 @ 5:02 am

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  4. rafting in chile — April 23, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

    This recipe looks really good. The only thing is I don’t like my salmon to dry. Does this recipe keep the salmon juicy?

  5. Bobby — April 27, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    rafting in chile – it stays pretty juicy, just be sure not to overcook it.

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  7. Joe — July 31, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

    Hey Bobby, Looks great. I just did some salmon on a plank at my blog. First time using a plank and the grill. Come take a look when you get a chance.

    Would love your ideas and opinions!


  8. Piedro Molinero — October 29, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

    Anything better than grilled salmon? Now I think yes. Grilled salmon with your sauce. Thank you for the recipe of the honey-pepper sauce. I am sure it will be used for our next barbecue. It sounds a looks delicious.

  9. Brian — January 29, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    I tried this recipe tonight with great results. I did not cook the sauce and the salmon separately though… I folded foil into a bathtub shape around the fillet, and poured the sauce in while it was grilling. It thickened up, and it kept the fish from drying out.

  10. Metha — May 24, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. My husband found it and tried it on me. I was dreading having a “salmon” dinner and as he was preparing the fish, I was preparing chicken salad on the other counter! I gave it a go and it was very pleasant! I am definity going to keep this recipe around. I was finally able to enjoy eating salmon! Thank you!

  11. lilian — August 16, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    Could i brush the sauce on top of the salmon while its grilling? Is this better than just pouring the sauce over once its cooked? Also would garlic cloves minced substitute fir garlic powder?

  12. Bobby — August 16, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    lilan – Yes you could brush the salmon while its being grilled. You can also use minced fresh garlic.

  13. lilian — August 16, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    Okay, thanks I’m actually thinking of panfrying the salmon instead of grilling…I have a non stick pan. Is this ok?

  14. lilian — August 16, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    I mean like panfry skin side down (brush with some marinade before) then flip over and cook the other side for a while then pour the sauce over while its cooking. I was thinking of spooning the sauce over while it cooks. Would this work as an alternative?

  15. Barb — October 7, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    Will any remaining sauce keep in the frig and if so, how long? Thanks.

  16. Bobby — October 8, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    I am not sure, sorry. I have never tried refrigerating the sauce. I cannot say how long it will last for. I believe the sauce will become very thick when it has cooled down though.

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