Originally posted by khmark7:
I forgot to mention that I always grill salmon as well, but I don't use chili powder! A little lemon pepper and old bay does the trick.
This is a bit of a thread drift here but I was also really skeptical of using chili powder on salmon when I saw this recipe in Joy of Cooking.
I tried it and it is now one of my favorites. I posted the recipe here a while back but here it is again: Grilled Salmon with a Chili Spice Rub
The recipe makes enough spice mixture for several dinners. Keep in an airtight container and use it with chicken, beef lamb, or pork as well as salmon.
Stir together in a small nonstick skillet:
¼ Cup sweet paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
Heat, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Pat 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture over the flesh side of:
One 2½ pound salmon filet
Drizzle over the top 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. (I often don’t put the oil on the fish at all and have never been disappointed with the results.)
The recipe says to serve with lime wedges.
The remainder of the recipe gives directions on grilling the fish. The directions are for using a charcoal grill but I use a gas grill. I’m sure you have your own technique for grilling fish so I did not include that part of the recipe here. When I grill fish I always use one of those grilling baskets after I’ve rubbed oil on it.-Adapted from Joy of Cooking, 1997