Spicy Grilled Salmon Fillets Recipe

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A great treatment for salmon that is high on flavor, but low on time and effort. Cooks easily in a heavy nonstick or cast-iron skillet, or outside on the grill.

Delicious served with fragrant basmati rice and steamed asparagus.

Though you can never go wrong buying good quality fresh salmon, I buy the individually quick-frozen, wrapped fillets in a bag from Costco. They store well and thaw quickly, without losing flavor or texture.

From Gourmet, 1990, via Epicurious, with a little tweaking.

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Servings: 4 servings


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  1. If you are using IQF fillets, make sure they are thawed completely before you begin cooking.
  2. In a bowl stir together the black pepper, the paprika, the cayenne, the garlic, the onion, the thyme, the salt, and the oil until the mixture forms a stiff paste.
  3. Pat the paste onto both sides of each salmon fillet.
  4. Heat a well-oiled skillet over medium high heat until nearly smoking.
  5. Sauté the salmon in the skillet for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 119g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 270  
Calories from Fat 168 62%
Total Fat 18.68g 23%
Saturated Fat 3.95g 16%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 213mg 9%
Potassium 433mg 12%
Total Carbs 0.94g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 0.06g 0%
Protein 23.33g 37%
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