The Best Salmon Marinade

"Fabulous Family favorite!!! Super easy and lots of flavor! Made many times and never had negative results. If there are any leftovers this salmon makes a wonderful salad topper for lunch or a salmon salad sandwich. When cooking on the cedar plank or adding liquid smoke, it takes the salmon to a whole new level of flavor. Awesome... best of all this is pretty much idiot proof! Try serving with recipe#318889 or recipe#297906 for a great tasty feast."
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  • Mix oil, soy sauce, scallions, garlic, and ginger to make a marinade, pour over salmon and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. (no longer than an hour or the salt in the soy will begin to cook the meat).
  • Grill, bake or grill salmon for about 4 minutes per side (when salmon flakes when pierced with a fork).
  • **** (for a smokier flavor, add a couple splashes of liquid smoke to marinade -or- soak cedar planks in water for a few hours and grill the salmon on the cedar on the bbq). FABULOUS FAMILY FAVORITE (KIDS TOO). ****.

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  1. I like flavorful food, so as a couple of other reviewers noted you will need to add extra garlic and ginger to this recipe to achieve the appropriate punch. Not a bad base recipe, just a tad became a 5 star recipe with the addition of the extra garlic and ginger as well as a little rice wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, Thai chili sauce, red pepper flakes and a dash of Worcestershire sauce (in lieu of fish sauce). I would have added some lime juice if I'd had it but I don't know if it would have benefited, as these additions made it super flavorful. Lots of umami!! Could also jazz this base recipe up by adding toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds and lime juice. I suggest you give this one a try and play with it til it suits your is fun!
  2. You can add more garlic and fresh ginger. I also add the juice of a couple limes or lemons plus a splash of toasted sesame seed oil to dilute the soy sauce (I use reduced sodium tamari soy sauce). I have also done a variation of this marinade with a teaspoon or so of prepared horseradish (not the cream style) and maybe a teaspoon or so of prepared dijon mustard. Sometimes with a teaspoon (or less) of dried dill. Also a quarter teaspoon of smoked paprika. If you are grilling then add a tablespoon or so of honey to caramelize. Honey-soy is a nice combination for grilling.<br/><br/>Put it all in a large jar with tight fitting lid and shake the dickens out. The marinade keeps well in the fridge. I keep my ginger in the freezer since it's so much easier to grate while frozen. Same marinade works on boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken legs.
  3. I followed this recipe but added additional ginger, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, liquid smoke and black sesame seeds...... It turned out delicious, my brother took some home for the next day's lunch. For anyone who uses this recipe... add extra ingredients, it makes a tasty difference...�� ������
  4. No taste besides soy sauce. I added another clove of garlic per a suggestion but this didn't even help. No one went back for seconds. This will be one recipe I will be throwing away.
  5. I increased the garlic to two cloves. Don't skimp on the ginger, it truly adds to the flavor. I have made this twice with salmon steaks (baked at 350 for 15 minutes) and once with a beef steak. I marinated it for a couple of hours. It was great for both. <br/>Thank you Chili Spice.


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