Thursday, October 6, 2011

Basil-Buttered Salmon

A couple of years ago our kids bought us a George Foreman Grill for Christmas. When we opened up the present Mike wasn't quite sure if he would like it, but I was thrilled. I had wanted a George Foreman Grill for some time.

Once we used it, Mike fell in love with cooking on this grill; needless to say I don't usually do much cooking on it. I do have to say that I love the food that comes off the grill though. Also I know that it is somewhat healthier than frying the same food.

One of our favorite food items to make on this grill is salmon. Normally we have the salmon with a little lemon juice along with some Mrs. Dash (the original version). It is very tasty made this way, but I thought it would be a good thing to change things up a little bit.

The recipe I found was actually called Basil-Buttered Steaks. I found this recipe in a book called Better Homes and Gardens Fresh Fish Cook Book. It called for halibut, salmon, shark, or swordfish steaks. I had salmon in the freezer, not the steak variety just smaller slices of salmon. Which worked just fine.

The salmon was moist and flavorful. The herb butter that was used to baste and garnish the salmon was a snap to make and oh so tasty. I know that I will be using this recipe for a long time to come.

The fish was cooked on our George Foreman Grill, but the recipe called to have it prepared under a broiler or on an outdoor grill.

Even though the dollop of Basil-Butter looks thin and runny on this picture, it was very creamy and thick. I didn't take time to cool the salmon when putting the butter on it, so it started to melt. The salmon looked and smelled so delicious we couldn't wait to eat.

Recipe: (Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Fresh Fish Cook Book)

Basil-Butter Steaks

1/2 cup butter softened
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 tablespoon snipped parsley
2 teaspoon lemon juice
4 salmon steaks cut 1 inch thick about 2 pounds

1. For butter mixture, in a small mixing bowl combine butter, basil, parsley, and lemon juice. Mix till well blended.
2. Place the fish on a greased rack of an unheated broiler pan. Lightly brush fish with some of the butter mixture. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 5 minutes. Then using a wide spatula, carefully turn fish over. Lightly brush with more of the butter mixture. Broil for 3 to 7 minutes more or till fish is done.
3. To serve, dollop remaining butter mixture on top of fish. Makes 4 servings.

To grill: Prepare Basil-Butter Steaks as directed above, except brush grill rack with cooking oil. Place fish on rack. Lightly brush fish with butter mixture. Grill fish on an uncovered grill directly over medium-hot coals for 5 minutes carefully turn fish over. Lightly brush with more butter mixture and grill for 3 to 7 minutes more or till fish is done. Dollop remaining butter mixture on top of fish.

For George Foreman Grill: Prepare Basil-Butter as directed above. Heat George Foreman Grill until heated and light turns off. Brush grill with virgin olive oil. Brush salmon with the Butter-Basil and place that side on the grill. Once the salmon is on grill brush the top of the salmon with the Butter-Basil as well. Our pieces of salmon were about a 1/4 pound each and were grilled 4 to 6 minutes. Time will vary with the size of fish you are preparing.


  1. The salmon steak looks so fresh and mouthwatering!

  2. Looks delish! We try to do salmon about once a week so I am always looking for recipes. This sounds yummy and I like the basil butter. You could use that for lots of dishes.

  3. Could you use regular salmon or do you have to do salmon steaks?

  4. I am always looking for ways to add healthier foods to our diets and this looks delicious. I will definitely give it a try. I'm glad I found your blog...I am your newest follower. Have a wonderful weekend, Patty

  5. This sounds wonderful. The basil butter would go well with just about any kind of fish.

  6. avec ces épices ça ne peut être que délicieux!
    bonne journée

  7. Just those three words are enough to win me over - basil, butter, salmon!

  8. Looks so good! Just came across your blog-- I am a new follower. Check out mine and follow along! :)

  9. That sounds so tasty, would you believe I have never tried salmon - ony tinned but I don't think that counts. I have such a fussy family I just know they wouldn't eat it - maybe I should just make them ha ha.

  10. I love my George grill too! Your salmon looks delicious with that herby melting butter over top!

  11. I bet the salmon was extra delicious with the basil butter - yum!

  12. Those look great! Bail buttered anything sounds great to me! :) Also, I love my George Foreman!

  13. Nice I'm have fish tonight that sauce might work on some tilopia