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Course: Mains
Keyword: Fish, Grill, Grilled Salmon Steaks, Seafood

Grilled Salmon Steaks

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Simply grilled salmon steaks are the perfect solution to weeknight dinner drudgery. Bonus: They're ready in just 30 minutes.
This recipe first appeared in Season 1 of Good Eats.
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  • 4 (1-inch-thick) salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dry green peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Kosher salt
  • Neutral oil, such as canola

Specialized Hardware

  • Charcoal chimney (optional)
  • Charcoal or gas grill
  • Fish tweezers
  • Coffee/spice grinder
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Procedure

  • Prepare grill by lighting 4 quarts of charcoal (1 starter chimney's worth), or turning gas grill to medium-high.
  • Examine steaks for pin bones by rubbing fingers over surface of meat. If found, remove with bone tweezers or pliers reserved for culinary uses.
  • Using a sharp paring or boning knife, trim bones from the cavity side of the steak. Trim the stomach flaps so that 1 side is missing about 2 inches of skin and the other, 1 inch of meat. Roll the skinless section up into the hollow of the cavity, then wrap the other around the outside to form a round resembling a filet mignon. Tie in place with 2 passes of butcher's twine. (Do not tie it too tight or fish will pop out during cooking.)
  • Combine cumin, coriander, fennel, and peppercorns on a double-thick piece of aluminum foil and toast over grill, shaking gently until seeds become fragrant. Crush seeds in a coffee/spice grinder. Coat steaks lightly with oil, season with salt, then liberally season both sides of steaks with the toasted spices.
  • Quickly wipe hot grill grate with a rag or towel dipped in a little oil, then grill fish to medium rare, about 3 minutes per side. (Fish should be well colored on the outside and barely translucent at the center.)
  • Serve steaks alongside simple salad dressed with Veni, Vedi, Vinaigrette.
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