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Pink Salmon with Smoky Herb Rub

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 18 mins
Total time 1 hr, 48 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and 1/2 lemon)

Sustainable Choice. Grilling the salmon with the skin on keeps it moist and ensures it stays in one piece as it cooks.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) pink salmon fillet
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 lemons, halved

Nutrition Information

  • calories 314
  • fat 16.6 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 8.2 g
  • polyfat 4.2 g
  • protein 37 g
  • carbohydrate 3 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 90 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 564 mg
  • calcium 40 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a mortar, combine 1 tablespoon oil, paprika, fennel seeds, and garlic; grind with a pestle until a smooth paste forms. Gently stir in parsley, tarragon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand at least 20 minutes.

  2. Lightly rub flesh side of fish with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spoon tarragon mixture over fish; refrigerate 1 hour.

  3. Preheat charcoal or gas grill to medium heat.

  4. After preheating the grill, turn the left burner off (leave the right burner on), or heap coals to one side of grill to create two temperature zones. Coat grill rack with cooking spray; place on grill. Place lemon halves, cut side down, on heated side of grill. Place fish, skin side down, on unheated side of grill. Cover and grill 10 minutes or until lemon is tender and well marked and fish flakes under gentle pressure. Remove fish from grill; discard skin. Cut fish into quarters. Serve lemon halves with fish.