As soon as I see signs of spring I think of this easy Grilled Salmon with West Coast Dill Barbecue Sauce. I always have all the ingredients in my fridge and I can make it quickly.
This might seem a little unusual as a barbecue sauce recipe but that's also what makes it a great addition to your grilling repertoire. The original recipe won a Barbecue Sauce Contest in Western Living magazine decades ago. A few tweaks to it and now it's a tried-and-true recipe in my kitchen.
I can easily whip it up while the barbecue is heating up. If the weather doesn't cooperate then I can bake the salmon in the over, 350℉ for 25 minutes. Perfect every time!
Prep Once, Eat Twice
Miracle Whip isn't the healthiest ingredient in my fridge but I use it. It's naturally gluten free, readily available and gives this sauce a nice creamy texture.
It isn’t anywhere close to homemade mayo (something everyone should make at least once), but it's an everyday ingredient many of us have.
This recipe can easily be halved but I like the Prep Once, Eat Twice strategy. I make the whole recipe and put half the sauce in a clean jar for a second salmon dinner. Getting a label on the jar is the catch as it serves as a reminder for me to make the same dinner again within a few weeks.
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Safe Grilling with Reusable Sheets
Gluten free eaters know they can use tin foil when cooking on grills to prevent cross contact. There is a reusable option too, grilling sheets. My Cookina Reusable Grilling Sheet works perfectly.
These sheets can be cut up for any use. Send them with kids to a party or use them on public grills at campsites and parks. To learn more about these sheets check out this blog post, Reusable Grilling Sheets.
Growing Edible Flowers
Edible flowers add a gourmet touch to any plate and you don’t need a green thumb to use them. I simply pinched a pansy for my plate to cover up the fact that I like lots of sauce on my food.
If you're curious about buying or growing edible flowers check out this post, How To Use Edible Flowers in the Kitchen. I buy several pansy plants to use as a garnish for a tray of brownies, an Angel Food Cake, a salad of garden greens or anywhere I need some colour.
Be sure to add pansies to your shopping list and let me know in the comments below if bought them. Of course I also want to know if you tried this Grilled Salmon with West Coast Dill Barbecue Sauce and what you thought of it.
Originally published in 2015, updated April 2023.
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Grilled Salmon with West Coast Dill Barbecue Sauce
- 6 salmon steaks, or filets
WEST COAST DILL BARBECUE SAUCE
- ⅔ cup Miracle Whip
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- 1½ tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
- ½ teaspoon dried dill (or ½ tablespoon fresh dill, chopped)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the barbecue.
WEST COAST DILL BARBECUE SAUCE
- Combine sauce ingredients in bowl and stir to combine. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir again.
- Pour ⅓ cup sauce into a separate dish. Set remainder aside.
- Brush salmon with Dill Barbecue Sauce.
- Grill salmon for approximately 6 minutes then turn. Brush with remaining sauce and grill until flaky and cooked through, about 6 minutes.
- Serve Dill Barbecue Sauce on the side.
- Garnish with fresh dill or edible flowers if you have them.