Salmon is a great fish to barbecue, as it stays together when you flip it, and is so quick and easy to prepare because its tasty richness doesn’t need to be complicated by too many additional flavours. The crispy skin is a favourite with everyone in our house.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4–6 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
- 4 salmon fillets, skin on
- zest 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon baby capers, chopped (optional)
- 1 fennel bulb, finely sliced (keep the leafy fronds)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 4 handfuls mixed lettuce leaves
- 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
- ½ red onion, finely sliced
- 1 handful coriander, chopped
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white condiment (white balsamic vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
- On a chopping board, combine lemon zest, capers and leafy fennel fronds and chop together.
- Rinse and pat the salmon dry. On the top side of each salmon fillet, cut three or four shallow slits in the flesh. Place fillets on a plate, oil and generously cover with lemon zest mixture, trying to get it into the slits so as to keep the flavour from falling off during cooking. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- On a medium–high barbecue, cook for 2–3 minutes each side. Start with the skin side down and when you turn it over remove the skin and place skin on the hotplate to continue cooking until crisp. If the fillets have a thick and a thin end, you may want to cut them in half, as the thin piece will need much less time to cook.
- Remove from barbecue and arrange on a plate. Combine lettuce, orange, sliced fennel and onion in a large salad bowl.
- To make dressing, shake ingredients in a jar until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Pour over salad and toss together. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve with salmon.