Mesquite Grilled Garlic Salmon Steak with Herbs

All of us should eat more fish and especially salmon. Good for you. Good for your diet. Good for your he♥rt. This salmon recipe is delicious with just enough spice to please everyone! Add some grilled corn and summer salad and you're all set to sit at your picnic table for a meal that is not only yummy but so good for you, too.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 salmon fillets, 3/4 to 1 inch thick (5 ounces each)
1 bag of mesquite chips


1. Cover 1 cup mesquite chips with cold water; soak 20 to 30 minutes. Spray grid/grate with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare grill for direct cooking.

2. Combine oil and garlic in small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until garlic is tender. Add lemon juice, lemon peel, dill, thyme, salt and pepper; whisk until blended. Brush skinless sides of salmon with half of lemon mixture.

3. Drain mesquite chips; sprinkle chips over coals. Place salmon, skin side up, on grid/grate. Grill, covered, over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes; turn and brush with remaining lemon mixture. Grill 4 to 5 minutes or until salmon flakes when tested with fork.