Grilled Tequila Salmon

"This recipe comes from British Columbia cooking teacher Jane Baily. The steaks are moist with a real Mexican kick. Add green rice, a side salad, make the Margaritas and let the party begin!!!"
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  • Grate peel from limes & place in a bowl.
  • Squeeze out 1/2 cup juice from limes.
  • Add to bowl along with tequila & oil.
  • Finely chop peppers and stir into lime mixture along with sugar, chili powder & salt.
  • Place salmon into large resealable plastic bag.
  • To support the bag, place in a large bowl.
  • Pour marinade over fish and seal bag.
  • Let marinade for at least an hour--but preferably 4 hours.
  • Lightly oil grill and turn BBQ to medium.
  • Remove salmon from marinade & place directly on hot grill.
  • BBQ, with lid closed, for about 7- 8 minutes per side or until a knife point inserted into the center of the salmon feels warm.
  • While salmon is grilling, pour remaining marinade into a saucepan.
  • Boil vigorously, uncovered, stirring often, until sauce is reduced by half--about 3 minutes.
  • If you want a thicker sauce, add butter & whisk constantly for about another minute.

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  1. I think anyone who doesn't grill this dish this summer will really be missing out! The fish has a suprisingly gentle citrus flavor that goes well with the sauce, that has a little bit of a bite from the jalapeno (but not too hot!) Thanks so much for this great easy recipe!
  2. wow, what a great way to do salmon. DH and I were both really impressed by the taste. I served the salmon on plates of baby greens and used the sauce as the dressing - it was perfect. A must-try.
  3. What a wonderful meal! Our entire family really enjoyed the flavor of the fish and the "sauce" was so....good! I would prepare "Mexican or TexMex" style side dishes because I served the boring baked potato etc. and it didn't do the salmon any justice. We will be making this more and sharing the recipe! Thanks!
  4. I also used the marinade with chicken & it was great. Got voted a 'Please do this again Soon' from my family. Thanks Lori
  5. Summery, festive dish, especially for entertaining. DH and I really enjoyed this. I made exactly as is, whisking a bit of butter in the sauce towards the end (a hint to future cooks; when using the butter, let the sauce cool down for a few minutes before pouring over the fish, as this thickens it even more). We'll definitley make again. Delicious.


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