Monday, May 23, 2011

Paleo Lemongrass & Butter Grilled Salmon

Wild Alaskan Sockeye salmon was on sale at the market,  so of course I jumped.  The color and texture of good, fresh wild salmon puts its farmed siblings to shame.  Salmon is a great way to get protein, good fats (Omega-3's) and even Vitamin D (if you can't get your 15 minutes of sun a day).

1 lb salmon fillet - to figure out what to choose, check here
2-3 lemongrass stalks
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbs butter
cilantro for garnish

Preheat grill on high and rinse/dry your fish.  Peel the lemongrass stalks and then beat them until they're a pulp.  You can use a meat mallet or the back of a heavy ladle.  Pulse in a food processor with a few drops of water*.  Place fish on a large sheet of foil and top with salt & pepper, lemongrass paste, and butter (you can also marinate the fish for 1-2 hours prior if you like), and place the foil on the grill. Turn heat down to med-high.  I like to use foil because fish can fall apart on the grill and it just makes my life easier.  Cook for 6-8 minutes on each side.

*You can also buy lemongrass paste in a tube in the produce sections of most grocery stores now if you're not into taking out your aggression on those pretty stalks.

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