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Southern Smoked Salmon with Grilled Summer Squash

Featured by Cal Poly Wines in the Gold Wine Club.
Southern Smoked Salmon with Grilled Summer Squash


The salmon is prepared Northwest-style with a baste of butter and thyme; wood chips and thyme sprigs added to coals give fish a just-right touch of Southern smoke.

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 65 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes


• 1 cup alder or hickory wood chips
• 6 4-to-5 oz. salmon fillets, 1-inch thick
• 2 Tbs. butter
• 1 Tbs. finely snipped fresh thyme
• 1 Tbs. packed brown sugar
• 1 Tbs. lemon juice
• ¼ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
• Thyme and pepper
• 2 sweet peppers
• 2 summer squash
• 3 cups cooked rice


At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain before using.

For the Fish:
Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Place butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 30 seconds or until melted. Remove from microwave. Stir in thyme, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Microwave 30 seconds more to meld flavors. Stir to dissolve sugar. Brush generously over fish.

For a charcoal grill, sprinkle wood chips directly over medium coals. Grill fish, meaty side down, directly over coals for 3 minutes. Turn skin side down. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes more or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Add wood chips according to manufacturer’s directions. Place fish on greased grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)

Serve fish with thyme and pepper rice and grilled squash, if desired.

Thyme and Pepper Rice and Grilled Squash:
Brush 2 quartered sweet peppers and 2 halved summer squash or zucchini with olive or cooking oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add to grill rack with salmon, turning when you turn salmon. Remove from grill and chop peppers; toss with 3 cups hot cooked rice and 2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme. Slice squash crosswise and serve with salmon and rice mixture.

Recipe sourced from Food pairing by Cal Poly student Liza Jaros.

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