Summer seems to have vanished from this part of the country. It's like it came, didn't like what it saw, and decided to go elsewhere - a far cry from a couple of weeks ago when we were hitting the mid-40's each day. That week, you couldn't have gotten me to turn the oven on if you'd held a gun to my head! I've been on a bit of a electricity-saving kick this summer - line drying clothes, only running the dishwasher at night, and keeping the air conditioner set at 26 degrees. Which is great for the hydro bill, less great for cooking during a heatwave!
So, I took to my grill with some vigour! One of our new favourites around here is grilled salmon. We've been salmon eaters for a long time, but I've always baked it in the oven.
Grilled salmon is quick, and delicious. In fact, it's my new favourite way to cook it! Less clean up ( ... hello, turning the grill up to 600 degrees for a few minutes ...), quick cooking time and more flavour is my idea of a good meal! And it only has 4 ingredients! Here's how you do it:
Take 1/3 cup of real maple syrup (not junk imitation syrup) and 1/3 cup of grainy mustard. Mix these together and pour over 6-8 small salmon fillets. Give it a generous sprinkle of pepper. I don't add salt - I find there's enough flavour without it. Let this sit for as long as you have time - even if it's only as long as it takes to heat the grill. But if you can be organized and do this a couple of hours ahead, even better!
Heat grill to about 450 degrees (Preheat your grill for at least 5 minutes). Grill salmon for about 4 or 5 minutes on one side (depends on how thick your fillets are). Flip them once and finish them on the other side for 2 or 3 minutes. You'll know when they're done because they become an opaque pink.
It doesn't get much easier than that! The next time you need to beat the heat, give this a try. In fact, I suggest we start a new recipe file - "Heatwave Food"! Who's with me?