Baja Fish Tacos

BAJA FISH TACOSWe are both huge taco fans and agree that Baja Fish Tacos are very high on our list of favorites. We love the crispy goodness of the battered and fried fish paired with crunchy, shredded cabbage and creamy, (slightly) spicy baja sauce! A…

BAJA FISH TACOS
We are both huge taco fans and agree that Baja Fish Tacos are very high on our list of favorites. We love the crispy goodness of the battered and fried fish paired with crunchy, shredded cabbage and creamy, (slightly) spicy baja sauce! Although we both prefer corn…

Grilled Salmon in Foil

Here’s how to make grilled salmon in foil: the easiest way to grill salmon! These tips make a perfectly moist…

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Here’s how to make grilled salmon in foil: the easiest way to grill salmon! These tips make a perfectly moist and seasoned fillet.

Grilled Salmon in Foil

Want to know the easiest, no-fail way to grill salmon? Make Grilled Salmon in Foil! We love a good crispy-on-the-outside charred fish, so we were a little skeptical at first. But this method results in one delightfully moist, perfectly seasoned fillet of salmon! It tastes completely irresistible, and the best part? It could not be easier. No nervously flipping the fish and worrying about sticking to the grill grates. Place it right in the foil and go!

How to grill salmon in foil: some tips!

All you need to know for this one: what grill temperature for salmon, and how long to grill salmon in foil? 6 minutes with the foil closed, then 1 to 5 minutes with the foil open. Here are the pointers, or jump to the recipe below for all the specifics:

  • Preheat the grill to medium high: that’s 375 to 450 degrees.
  • Place the salmon on foil. Brush it with olive oil and season it (more on that below). Close the packet and seal it up.
  • Grill 6 minutes with the foil packet closed. Then open the foil packet and grill 1 to 5 more minutes with the foil open, until the salmon is tender and pink or the internal temperature reads 125 to 130F at the thickest part.

That’s it! Spritz the salmon with lemon and serve. No flipping, no babying required.

Grilled salmon in foil

What to expect from grilled salmon in foil (vs on the grates)

Making grilled salmon in foil is by far the easiest method for grilling fish out there. There are a few tradeoffs with Classic Grilled Salmon, where you grill the fish right on the grates. Here’s what to expect:

  • Classic grilled salmon comes out with a crispy top and charred flavor. If you love a crispy top to your salmon, you’ll want to use this method instead. Cook it right on the grill grates, then flip and finish cooking.
  • Grilled salmon in foil comes out perfectly moist. The top does not crisp up here, and you won’t get as much charred grill flavor because the foil acts as a barrier. But this method is extremely easy and the fish comes out incredibly tender and delicious!

The difference is almost like the difference between a pan seared salmon and a poached salmon. Cooking in foil makes things moist instead of crispy, but it’s incredibly easy. You’ll see the same interplay between our crispy grilled potatoes vs grilled potatoes in foil, or this charred grilled corn vs grilled corn in foil.

Best ways to season grilled salmon

There are so many ways to season salmon! This recipe has a basic seasoning but it’s incredibly delicious and perfectly salted. Here are a few pointers to note about seasoning salmon:

  • Use ½ teaspoon kosher salt for every 1 pound salmon. Use a little less if you’re using a seasoning blend with added salt.
  • Garlic powder, onion powder and cumin add just a hint of complexity (see below).
  • Spritzing with lemon is a must! You can also top with fresh chopped herbs.
  • Or, try our Magic Seafood Seasoning. This Salmon Seasoning has incredible flavor, and you can mix up a big batch in advance.
Grilled Salmon in Foil

Grill the lemon wedges if you’d like

Want to step up this recipe a bit? It’s not necessary, but we also grilled the lemon wedges right along with the salmon! It doesn’t change the flavor too much, but the charred look on the lemon wedges does add a little bit of fun to the recipe.

That’s it! All you need to know about grilled salmon in foil. We hope you love it: let us know what you think in the comments below!

What to serve with grilled salmon in foil

There are so many great sides to pair with grilled salmon in foil: and since your grill is fired up, why not use it too? Here are a few of our top grilled sides and a few more salad options for a perfect summer dinner:

More grilled fish recipes

The grill is perfect for seafood in the summer! Here are some top-rated grilled fish recipes:

This recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Grilled salmon in foil

Grilled Salmon in Foil


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Here’s how to make grilled salmon in foil: the easiest way to grill salmon! These tips make a perfectly moist and seasoned fillet.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds or 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, wild caught if possible
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, cumin
  • 8 lemon wedges
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish (oregano, chives, basil, parsley, tarragon, etc)

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. Place the salmon in foil: Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil. Sprinkle the salmon with the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin (add a few grinds of black pepper if you like). Close the foil and seal it around the salmon.
  3. Grill: Place the packet directly on the grill grates and cook for 6 minutes. Then carefully open the packet and release the steam. Cook additional 1 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should read between 125 to 130F when a food thermometer is inserted in the thickest part of the salmon).
  4. Optional: Meanwhile, grill the lemon wedges directly on the grill grates, cut side down, until blackened. (This doesn’t affect flavor too much, but gives a nice charred look to the lemons.)
  5. Serve: Generously spritz the cooked salmon with the lemon. Top with fresh herbs and serve. Leftovers keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Summertime Grilled Corn and Crab Pasta Salad.

This grilled corn and crab pasta salad recipe is summer in a dish! Crisp, refreshing and perfect for the warm summer weather. It can be a BBQ party dish, a part of your dinner tonight or even lunch today! Delish! I’m dubbing this the year of pasta salad!  Today we’re making this incredible, summery, full-of-sunshine […]

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This grilled corn and crab pasta salad recipe is summer in a dish! Crisp, refreshing and perfect for the warm summer weather. It can be a BBQ party dish, a part of your dinner tonight or even lunch today! Delish!

I’m dubbing this the year of pasta salad! 

grilled corn and crab pasta salad

Today we’re making this incredible, summery, full-of-sunshine lump crab and corn pasta salad that is so fantastic, you won’t even be able to stand it. It can be your next BBQ side dish, a bowl you take to a party or even part of your dinner tonight!

red peppers, scallions and fresh herbs

Gosh I LOVE SUMMER FOOD.

I mean, why is this tangy delish bowl of noodles so wonderful?! This is the epitome of the season right here.

grilled corn and crab pasta salad

So, crab pasta salad! 

I have lots of delicious recipes for it on the blog, but the stand outs this year have been the spring asparagus pasta salad and the grilled chicken caprese pasta salad! Both so amazing and wonderful as a side dish, party dish or heck, even dinner. 

pouring dressing on grilled corn and crab pasta salad

And that’s where we’re going with this one too. I LOVE how versatile a pasta salad is and this is no different. It’s super flavorful and satisfying, you can make it ahead of time and it keeps great in the fridge. In fact, half the time it may even taste better the next day. Because FLAVOR. 

pouring dressing on grilled corn and crab pasta salad

This dish is just so, so refreshing. It’s SO summery. It has some texture and crisp which is key for me. It tastes amazing with an icy glass of white wine too!

I like to use the best high-quality lump crab that I can find. It’s so buttery and has tons of flavor. It also flakes nicely and really disperses through the pasta salad well, so you get the flavor in each bite!

P.S. if you’re not into crab, you could throw in some shrimp. If you’re really feeling fancy, you could even do lobster! The question is how extra do you want to be today… 

grilled corn and crab pasta salad

The other key components to this pasta salad? 

Grilled corn on the cob of course. We basically eat it every single day in the summer once it comes into season here. We only get it good for, like, five weeks or so.

Sliced red pepper strips are also part of this – they are crisp and crunchy and give the bite that everyone loves. 

Then of course we have scallions, fresh herbs and the most delish vinaigrette!  (more…)

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These 11 Seafood Recipes Are Like Summer on a Plate (or in a Bowl)

We’ve teamed up with Brancott Estate to get you ready for warm-weather entertaining with a few of our favorite seafood recipes, plus the best sips to pair ’em with. To make dinner a breeze, snag the Brancott Estate Summertime Entertaining Kit, complete…

We've teamed up with Brancott Estate to get you ready for warm-weather entertaining with a few of our favorite seafood recipes, plus the best sips to pair 'em with. To make dinner a breeze, snag the Brancott Estate Summertime Entertaining Kit, complete with three bottles of their award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, a lobster and crab tool set, a chef's apron, and a coupon for stocking up on some delicious seafood.


Crab cakes, lobster rolls, spaghetti and clams, crispy fish tacos—it's hard to deny that summer is one of the best seasons for enjoying seafood. And this year, we plan to be eating a lot of it with our friends and family, whether for casual weeknight dinners or full-blown barbecues and backyard spreads.

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Smoked Salmon Salad

This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.…

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This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Here’s a genius trick that makes a fast dinner or healthy lunch with no cooking required. That’s right, no need to grab your pan and spatula. Try this Smoked Salmon Salad! It’s healthy, fresh, and 100% cook free. Imagine: savory smoked salmon, fresh greens, fluffy goat cheese dollops and a tangy shallot vinaigrette. It’s ideal for a summer meal al fresco or fast lunch: and it comes together in 15 minutes flat.

Components in smoked salmon salad

Somehow we tend to forget about the magic of smoked salmon for making fast meals, so we’re remedying that with this recipe. Smoked salmon salad is the type of lifesaver meal you can throw together while your kids are screaming or when you don’t have energy to think. Of course, you’ll need to have a few ingredients on hand:

  • Smoked salmon: find it in the refrigerated section near the meat counter
  • Fresh greens: we like to use mixed spring greens for color and texture contrasts
  • Goat cheese: it adds creamy, savory notes: substitute feta if you’re not a goat cheese fan
  • Homemade shallot vinaigrette: easy to mix up (see below)
  • Red onion slices: add just the right spicy bite
Smoked salmon salad

Optional ingredients to add!

This smoked salmon salad is totally customizable, based on what you have on hand in your refrigerator. Use it as a “clean out the fridge” concept and add any veggies, nuts or seeds you like. A few ideas that would go well:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Sesame seeds or pepitas
  • Almonds, walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts

Mix up a homemade shallot vinaigrette

The star of this smoked salmon salad, other than the salmon itself, is the dressing! This homemade vinaigrette comes together quickly and has the perfect tangy flavor. It stars shallots, small onions that have a delicate flavor. They’re one of our favorites to use in salad dressings! Here’s what to know about the dressing:

  • Whisk the olive oil in gradually to get the perfect emulsion. We like to do it about 1 tablespoon at a time. The Dijon mustard is also a key component to getting a creamy consistency.
  • Dressing stores up to 2 weeks. The dressing can solidify in the fridge because of the oil, so bring to room temperature before serving.
Shallot vinaigrette

Dressing variations for smoked salmon salad

Of course, you can use any other type of dressing you like for this smoked salmon salad. The quality greatly affects the final flavors. So if you use store-bought, make sure it’s best quality! Here we’d recommend tangy vinaigrettes starring herbs, tomatoes or fresh berries. Here are a few more delicious go-to homemade salad dressing recipes we love:

More easy salmon recipes

Salmon is a weeknight dinner hero, in our book! Smoked salmon is ever better, since you don’t have to cook it! Here are a few more recipes where this lean protein makes a delicious lunch, brunch or dinner:

This smoked salmon salad recipe is…

Pescatarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Smoked Salmon Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 salads
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.


Ingredients

For the salad

  • 10 ounces greens (2 to 3 cups per plate)
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 to 6 large sprigs fresh dill, torn into pieces
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  • ¼ cup red onion slices
  • Sesame seeds, for the garnish

For the vinaigrette dressing

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot (1/2 medium shallot)

Instructions

  1. Make the vinaigrette dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms. Store refrigerated and bring to room temperature before serving (keeps at least 2 weeks).
  2. Make the smoked salmon salad: Place the greens on a plate. Add pieces of smoked salmon, torn dill, goat cheese dollops, and sliced red onions. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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Summer Salmon Tacos with Grilled Corn and Poblano Peppers.

These summer salmon tacos are smoky and sweet and topped with a grilled corn poblano pepper salsa. So flavorful, crisp and refreshing! Perfect on a warm summer evening with an icy margarita. Summer salmon tacos are here for a refreshing dinner tonight!  There is nothing I love more than a perfect summer dinner. We eat […]

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These summer salmon tacos are smoky and sweet and topped with a grilled corn poblano pepper salsa. So flavorful, crisp and refreshing! Perfect on a warm summer evening with an icy margarita.

Summer salmon tacos are here for a refreshing dinner tonight! 

summer salmon tacos with grilled corn poblano salsa

There is nothing I love more than a perfect summer dinner. We eat very seasonally in our house, and I love having some incredible meals in rotation each season that are special – just for that specific season. 

summer salmon taco ingredients

While I could make salmon tacos all year round, this combo tastes especially SUMMERY and special. When I think of this dish, I think of us sitting on the patio and eating it as the sun goes down – a slight breeze is blowing and maybe even some chilled white wine or a margarita is involved. 

This meal is so fresh and light and incredibly satisfying at the same time. 

Summer salmon tacos here we come! 

flaky salmon for tacos

I use the same seasonings here as I do for my cedar plank salmon – because that recipe is out of this world. The spices give it a smoky, sweet and savory flavor that is just absolutely incredible. We really love it, and I knew using it for tacos would be fabulous.

Once your salmon is seasoned, you can truly cook this in the way that is easiest for you. Roasting it is probably the way I tend to cook it the most, but now that it’s a billion degrees outside, I’ve been throwing it on the grill. 

You can also just sear it in the skillet! 

grilled corn poblano avocado salsa

The secret is to never overcook the salmon – it’s the best when it’s buttery and flaky and almost melts in your mouth. 

summer salmon tacos with grilled corn poblano salsa

What takes this dish over the top for me is the salsa. I love to use a mix of grilled or fresh corn (even sliced right off the cob, uncooked, it’s so crisp and sweet!), roasted or grilled poblano peppers and avocado. Again, we have that savory and sweet combo, with a refreshing crunch that just screams summer. It’s perfect! 

It also adds a great bite – a little crunch – to the otherwise buttery salmon. 

summer salmon tacos with grilled corn poblano salsa

Then! I also add some pickled onions. If I could throw pickled onions on everything, I would. Sure, because anything hot pink is amazing but also because they add the perfect tangy bite to all things – salads, tacos, pizza, chicken – everything. 

Finally, a heavy handed sprinkle of cotija cheese. This absolutely MAKES tacos for me. It’s creamy and tangy and a little bit goes a long way.  (more…)

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17 Easy, Breezy Dinners for Summer Beach Days

Beach food—or, really, any midsummer meal—should be utterly uncomplicated, seasonally appropriate (tomatoes! corn! herbs galore!), seafood-heavy if you are indeed by the shore, hearty enough to get you back to the beach tomorrow, and quick enough that …

Beach food—or, really, any midsummer meal—should be utterly uncomplicated, seasonally appropriate (tomatoes! corn! herbs galore!), seafood-heavy if you are indeed by the shore, hearty enough to get you back to the beach tomorrow, and quick enough that you don't have to head home early to get the cooking started. Here are the recipes we make when all that's on the docket for the next day—and the one after that—is floating on our backs in the closest body of water.


Our Best Dinner Recipes for Beach Vacations

1. New Manhattan Clam Chowder

It's not a true beach day without a bowl of clam chowder, right? Right. This tomatoey version uses 3 pounds of fresh clams, bringing that straight-from-the-sea flavor straight to your mouth.

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Your Most Flavorful Grilled Oysters Ever, Guaranteed

Oysters on the half shell over ice is always quite nice. But oysters, hot off the grill can also be an interesting thrill, especially in summertime when your beer will seem colder because your oyster is cooked. All you have to do is choose a method for…

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Photo by Mark Weinburg, Graphic by Tim McSweeney

Choose A Grilling Method

There are two ways to grill an oyster in its own shell, over a hot flame. No matter which method you choose, oysters should be placed on the very hot grill grates flat shell up. Transfer the shells on and off the grill very gently using tongs.

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The Best Seafood for the Planet Is Also the Cheapest

With The Climate Diet, award-winning food and environmental writer Paul Greenberg offers us the practical, accessible guide we all need. This new release contains fifty achievable steps we can take to live our daily lives in a way that’s friendlier to …

With The Climate Diet, award-winning food and environmental writer Paul Greenberg offers us the practical, accessible guide we all need. This new release contains fifty achievable steps we can take to live our daily lives in a way that’s friendlier to the planet—from what we eat, how we live at home, how we travel, and how we lobby businesses and elected officials to do the right thing. Here, Paul shares on the the role of food waste in our overall climate decision making—and how it's a much bigger deal than we think.


While of late I’ve been writing about climate and carbon footprints, fish and shellfish are my bread and butter. Over the course of a trilogy of books, I’ve tracked issues of overfishing, aquaculture, and health up and down the marine food chain. So it’s no surprise when I set out to write my latest book, The Climate Diet, I ended up looking at the carbon footprint of seafood.

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Coconut Shrimp

COCONUT SHRIMPWe love Coconut Shrimp…like REALLY love it. It’s one of the first recipes we put up on the site 10 years ago, and we’ve finally given it a fresh update! Not only is this recipe so simple and delicious, but we’ve ma…

COCONUT SHRIMP
We love Coconut Shrimp…like REALLY love it. It’s one of the first recipes we put up on the site 10 years ago, and we’ve finally given it a fresh update! Not only is this recipe so simple and delicious, but we’ve made sure to include air fryer…