Salmon is one of the UK’s most popular fish and is reputed for its many health benefits. Salmon is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants.
It’s also especially rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help to reduce risk factors for heart disease, fight inflammation, enhance eye and bone health, and reduce liver fat – to name a few benefits.
Because salmon is naturally rich in flavour and easy to cook, it’s a great option for a light but delicious barbecue dish – measuring in at around 200 calories per fillet. It’s easy to flavour it to your personal taste too, for example, by seasoning it with garlic and herbs, using a honey-soy marinade, or even adding some chilli flakes for an extra kick.
This teriyaki glazed salmon recipe from Simply Homecooked is especially delicious. It’s quick and simple to make, and creates a juicy, flaky piece of fish that strikes a perfect balance between sweet and smoky flavours.
If you’d like to make the sauce yourself, you could try whipping up this teriyaki sauce from BBC Good Food, which takes around 15 minutes to make. Or, to save yourself some time, you could always buy a pre-made teriyaki sauce from your local supermarket.
Grilling salmon on the barbecue is easy as long as you follow a few simple rules to avoid the fish breaking apart or overcooking. For example, it’s usually best to use skin-on salmon fillets and make sure your grill is squeaky clean before you get started. If you’d like to follow full instructions on grilling salmon on the barbecue, check out this article by The Spruce Eats.
Aside from having the skin on, the type of salmon you go for will usually be down to personal preference. For example, wild-caught salmon tends to have a stronger, fishier flavour, but if you prefer a more mild fish, then farm-raised salmon might be better.
We recommend serving your barbecue salmon with a simple side of rice – perhaps fried rice to follow a Chinese theme – plus grilled vegetables such as asparagus, onions, portobello mushrooms, and colourful peppers, which you can brown on the barbecue too for added flavour.
You can find more tips and tricks on how to barbecue salmon in the video below…