a summery salmon recipe.

Having been a New Englander all my life, I have always felt it to be my duty to embrace winter and snow and bulky down jackets and icy roads.  Because, you know, we’re built to endure such things.  Hardwired.  Ready to walk to work in our snowshoes if so required (or so we say.)

But deep down—or maybe not so deep(??)-–I am in love with summer and warmth and sunshine.  And walking barefoot through my yard just because I can.

Thankfully, salmon isn’t one of those things that hibernates in the winter.  My dad, in all of his New England glory, can be found grilling fillets in the dead of winter on a raging, blizzardy night.  It’s true.  One time we even spotted the abominable snowman.  Not so true.

Yes.  Grilled salmon has become a year round thing in our house.

The flavors, however, do make their seasonal adjustments.

Fall: maple syrup glaze to support the local maple farmers

Winter: it varies, but usually plain and simple and wonderful…you know, to remember what summer tastes like

Spring: soy sauce…just warming up towards summer

And then finally..

Summer: soy sauce with a bright, zingy orange marmalade

The salmon stays soft and tender inside, melting into your tongue.  All surrounded by a sweet, caramelized crust that deflates any and all ideas of ever going completely vegetarian.

Did I just say that out loud?

Salmon never left.  But the warmer weather is just arriving.  And I think, maybe, that summer is finally here.

Hello, summer.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Marmalade 

  • 1.5 pounds wild caught salmon
  • 2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • about 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place salmon on a large plate.  In a separate, small bowl, mix together marmalade, soy sauce and garlic.  Spread evenly over salmon.
  3. Place salmon skin side down on grill.  Cook about 4-5 minutes, depending on thickness.  Flip.  Continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes or until fish flakes easily.  Do not overcook.  Enjoy!! 😀
QUESTION: Do your taste preferences change with the season?

8 comments on “a summery salmon recipe.

  1. All I can say is that if I ever come to New England, you have to make me some of your mouth-watering salmon!

    And I chuckled at the vegetarian comment 🙂 I tried it for a few months, but I felt like I was depriving myself of so many culinary creations…like grilled salmon and moist & tender chicken. At least I tried, right?!

  2. Ooh, marmelade is a good idea. In the winter I made and canned some blood orange and ginger marmalade which would probably be awesome with salmon. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  3. dottylizzy says:

    Ooh, that looks and sound completely delish!! 🙂 So summery … hmm, now my mouth is watering! 😛

    I think I more readily opt for soups, stews ad casseroles in the winter, with lots of added lentils, barely and beans and then in the summer, I manage to sneek more salad in my hubby’s diet and try and get lots of fresh corn, spinsch, light pasta meals and such on the menu.

    Hmm, next time salmon is on a special offer … 🙂 Yum!

  4. Simply Life says:

    This is my 3rd year in New England and I definitely LOVE the summers here!

  5. oh yum—i want some salmon now! my taste preferences definitely change…can’t get enough of watermelon and berries all summer, and come winter i want nothing but soup and bread! of course, then there’s sweet potatoes…which i crave all.year.long.

  6. Cait says:

    I definitely try my best to eat with the seasons but the majority of the time (other than fruit and veggies) I find that I just eat what I like. I especially tend to lean towards fresher/lighter things in the summer though – and salmon is just perfect for that (though I, like you, eat it year round 🙂 ).

  7. Ashlei says:

    I’m always envious of your grilled salmon – your dad does a great job on the grill. I always just broil or pan fry it since grilling fish isn’t my forte.

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