Way to grill! Best salmon grilling swordfish cooking in a pouch so easy for all people

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Grilling salmon, grilling swordfish, is easy with these two methods. PhotoGirlStudio at PhotoGirlStudio.com
Grilling salmon, grilling swordfish, is easy with these two methods. PhotoGirlStudio at PhotoGirlStudio.com

Grilling marinade keeps fish moist

How to cook fish? Surprisingly, most people don't know how to cook this healthy source of protein. The idea of cooking fish is a daunting task to some. The number one mistake most people make (including most restaurants) when cooking fish is cooking it too long. Unlike other meat, fish contains less fat and is not as dense. Therefore, it requires a lot less cooking time.

Cooking whole trout for instance takes about twenty minutes (turning once). Grilling Salmon fillets requires only 5 to 8 minutes per side. Grilling Swordfish steaks may take just a little longer because it is a denser fish, but it dries out quickly due to the low fat content. If it dries out it ruins an expensive dinner (swordfish can run around $18 a pound).

The best method for cooking fish requires moisture. One way to keep fish moist while grilling, plus flavor it at the same time, is using the following marinade:

BayAreaGreatThings best Fish Marinade-

  • 1 cube butter (real butter not margarine)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 white wine
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 3 T dried herbs (your choice- dill is especially nice for fish)
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 1 T cracked black pepper
  • 1T Garlic powder

Melt butter and add all the other ingredients. Baste this marinade on while the fish is cooking. It will accomplish several things:

  • Keeps the fish moist
  • Gives the fish a delicate rich flavor
  • Creates a nice golden crust similar to fried salmon in a skillet


Easy fish recipe for poaching salmon

The grilling method above requires you tend to the fish while it is cooking. There is another way to cook fish that makes it so easy, anyone can do it. I call it "Laura's pouch fish". This recipe is particularly great for farm raised salmon due to its high fat content. You can also cook swordfish, cook tilapia, trout, or any other non-greasy fish this way.

Basically this method will poach salmon fish in a foil pouch on top of your grill. If you can't grill it, you can also bake fish in the oven using this same method at about 350 degrees. If you prefer to broil salmon, this is not the right method for broiling.

It requires no tending and takes about 15 minutes to cook. You can even make most of your meal right in the pouch.

How to poach salmon on the grill-

  • 1 salmon steak or fillet
  • 4 slices lemon
  • 2 large slice of onion
  • 6 asparagus tips
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 slices red bell pepper
  • 2 thick squares of foil

Directions for poaching salmon in a pouch-

  • Take 1 square of foil about twice the size of your fillet and lay the fish on it.
  • Next baste the fish with the marinade recipe above.
  • Place lemon slices on the fish
  • Lay all veggies on top of the fish
  • Drizzle about an 1/8 of a cup of the marinade over entire mixture
  • Take another square of foil and place on top
  • Fold in all the edges of the foil sealing the food completely
  • Place on a medium heat grill, close the lid, cook for about 15 to 20 minutes

Make a pouch for each of your guests. Serve with a baked potato or rice and a thick slice of garlic bread.

Best fish recipe

The best fish recipe will never taste good if you dry the fish out. The next time you grill fish, make my go-to fish marinade and cook for a short time. Grilling salmon or grilling swordfish never tasted so good. You may never order fish in a restaurant again once you master this secret for making the best grilled fish around.

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psychicdog.net 6 years ago

great tip thanks, bayareagreatcook!


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

BAGT - That poached salmon certainly looks to be good AND easy, too. Thanks Gus :-)))


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks P-Dog and Gus I always appreciate you stopping by!The recipes are from a lot of trial and error when I used to ruin a good fish dinner :)


Billy Wilderness 6 years ago

I sure love salmon. I like the way you cook it. It's good raw too - right out of the river. Watch for bears though


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Raw salmon--sushi :) I like it!

Probably not right out of the river though :)

Thanks BW for stopping by.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

WOW!!! I just grilled some salmon yesterday on the grill. I wish I had this recipe! Well I will grill some more and use this recipe!! lol Thank you!!!!! I have missed you! Come visit me when you get a chance!


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Let me know how it turns out DPC! I will be dropping by soon.


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Cindy Produce 5 years ago

That is a great recipe, love the pictures too. But readers must be careful not to store their fish and especially salmon for too long. The shelf life of fresh fish is approximately two days before it goes bad. Source: http://www.eatbydate.com/how-long-does-fish-last/

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