This was a day where I really didn't want to spend a lot of time slaving over a stove inside when I could be outside. You know what that's like right? So, I decided it would be a meal fixed on the grill and that means very few dishes to wash afterward. Yes!
I had a craving for salmon - grilled salmon. I had some fresh spring asparagus from the farmer's market and I always have potatoes that can be fixed in some way or the other. So, I sliced some potatoes and onions and made what we call a veggie pack in aluminum foil. I drizzled the potatoes with some olive oil, added about 10 pats of butter, salt and pepper and put them on the grill to cook until done. Oh, there is nothing like the smell of onions grilling. I cook the potatoes first because they take longer than the salmon or asparagus. They will stay warm in the foil until the salmon and asparagus is done.
To grill the salmon, put a piece of aluminum foil on the grill. Salt and pepper the salmon and spray the foil with some cooking spray. Start by cooking the skin side of the salmon first until the fish starts to get sort of white next to the skin. You can see how it looks in the picture. Cook for about 10 minutes or so, then turn. Cook this side for about 10 minutes or so, depending on the thickness of the filet, until it gets sort of white on the outside, but still pink in the middle. You don't want it too be too dry. Remove from the grill.
To make the herbed lime butter, simply melt a stick of butter and add the juice of one whole lime. Mince one small clove of garlic and add to the butter along with 1/2 teaspoon of fresh dill, chopped and 1 to 1.5 tsps of fresh thyme, stripped from the stems. Stir and pour a couple of tablespoons of the butter over the cooked salmon and asparagus. Outstanding is all I have to say!
This is a perfect meal for a warm day (any day actually) and you have practically no clean up - just a couple of dishes and that is it. Everything else was done on the grill except the herbed lime butter. Now THAT is my kind of dinner.
Next time you need a quick and easy meal or want something different for dinner, this is a great one to try. It is also nutritious AND delicious. The herbed lime butter is just like "icing on the cake." It takes the salmon and asparagus to a whole new level. All I can say is yum, yum, yum. Give it a try, it's delicious.
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