Golden Kiss Melon Cilantro Grilled Salmon
There's nothing better than adding a smoky, caramelized char to food. Grilling isn't just another way of cooking food, it's also a method of adding another layer of flavor to the food.
In this delightful summer grilling recipe, when the sweet melon marinade hits the grill, the natural sugars in it immediately caramelize to form a "crust." And the fresh, sharp flavor of cilantro perfectly balances this unbelievably delicious dish.
(And cilantro, by the way, is one of the top five most nutrient dense vegetables on the planet!)
Golden Kiss Melon Cilantro Grilled Salmon Recipe:
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 6 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillets)
Total Time: 55 minutes
Active Work Time: 15 minutes
1 cup roughly chopped Golden Kiss melon
3/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 (5-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1-inch thick and preferable wild caught)
1. Add the melon, cilantro, honey and salt to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. (A standing blender will work, too -- but you will likely need to add a few tablespoons of water for it blend it well.)
2. Blend until it's smooth, for about 30 seconds.
3. Pour this mixture into a small to medium-sized baking dish, or better yet, a large zip-lock bag. Add the salmon fillets, coating them with the marinade, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. (If you're using the zip-lock bag, place it in a bowl in case it leaks.)
4. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and without scraping any of the marinade of each fillet, place them on a large plate, and lightly sprinkle each one with salt and pepper.
5. Preheat a stove-top or outdoor grill.
6. Place the salmon on the grill. If you don't hear a sizzling sound, it's not hot enough. Wait until you hear the sizzle! Grill the salmon just until it's cooked through and nicely marked from the grill, about 3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your fillets. The first side should be done with high heat, and once you flip them, turn the heat to medium-low. (Salmon is best when the center is still slightly translucent.)
7. Remove from the grill and serve immediately.