Jim Franco
Makes 6 servings

Although farmed salmon is widely available, the fat content is higher than in wild salmon, which swim freely and feed on a natural diet. My favorite is wild Alaskan salmon found in the icy waters of the Pacific. I used wild sockeye for this recipe. Rub grill grates with the sliced side of a russet potato--the starch keeps fish from sticking. You can also make this dish by roasting it in the oven: Cook at 425° for 15 to 18 minutes. Prep: 20 minutes, Grill: 12 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Place salmon on a work surface, and remove any excess fat. Feel for any small bones, and remove with tweezers or a strawberry huller. Place salmon flat on a large glass baking dish. Rub salmon with oil; sprinkle with sea salt and next 3 ingredients.

Step 3

Squeeze juice of 1 lime over salmon just before cooking. When the grill is hot, place salmon flesh side down, and cook, undisturbed, about 6 minutes or until salmon releases from grill easily and is golden brown on the cooked side.

Step 4

Turn salmon over, and place it skin side down on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil (cut longer than the fish). Squeeze juice from remaining lime over salmon, and cook, covered with grill lid (or additional foil), 6 more minutes or until fish starts to flake. Lift salmon in aluminum foil from heat, and let rest, loosely covered, about 5 minutes before slicing. (It will continue to cook slightly.)

Step 5

Remove skin before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature topped with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa.

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