Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon with Cucumber Salad

Photo: Emily Nathan; Styling: Karen Shinto

Western salmon meets Scandinavia in this light, refreshing recipe. Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes, plus at least 2 hours marinating time. Notes: The salad can be made up to 8 hours ahead and chilled, covered.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 375
  • Calories from fat: 48%
  • Protein: 39g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 6.7g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 980mg
  • Cholesterol: 111mg

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 lemons
  • 4 center-cut skin-on salmon fillets (6 to 8 oz. each), rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1 English (seedless) cucumber
  • 1/2 cup bottled cocktail onions, drained
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • About 2 teaspoons olive oil

Preparation

  1. 1. Zest lemons to yield 2 tbsp. zest. Sprinkle salmon fillets with 1 1/2 tbsp. zest (set remaining zest and whole lemons aside) and 1 1/2 tbsp. dill, dividing evenly among fillets and patting to adhere. Wrap fillets in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  2. 2. Slice cucumber paper-thin on a mandoline or other handheld slicer. Cut onions in half. In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Add cucumber, onions, remaining lemon zest and dill, and toss gently to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  3. 3. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for indirect heat. If using a gas grill, turn all burners to high and close lid. When the temperature inside the grill reaches 400°, lift lid and turn off one of the burners, creating the indirect-heat area. If using a charcoal grill, light 50 to 60 briquets and let burn until just covered with ash, 20 to 30 minutes. Mound them to one side, leaving a cleared area for indirect cooking.
  4. 4. Fold two 12- by 18-in. pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil in half widthwise to form rectangles. Using the tip of a small knife, make holes in rectangles about 2 in. apart and widen each hole to the size of a dime. Grease foil with olive oil; set over direct heat for 2 minutes.
  5. 5. Brush salmon skins with oil. Set 2 fillets, skin side down, on each foil rectangle. Cover grill (if using charcoal, open vents on lid) and cook fish until skin is light brown and really sizzling, 5 to 6 minutes. Using tongs, slide foil to indirect heat, cover, and cook until all but top 1/4 in. is cooked, 3 to 8 minutes. Slide fish back over direct heat, cover, and cook until fish is cooked through (cut to test) and skin is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes.
  6. 6. Transfer foil with salmon to a rimless baking sheet and, sliding an offset cake spatula or other thin spatula between salmon skin and foil, very gently free fish from foil. Season each fillet with salt and a few drops of juice from a remaining lemon. Serve with cucumber salad.
  7. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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