Monday, July 11, 2011

Grilled Blueberry BBQ Salmon

Four things are well-documented in our house:
  1. Caroline is a blueberry fiend.
  2. I love sweet + savory combos (i.e. fruit with grilled meat)
  3. I've been grilling so much lately that our neighbors joke that my baby will be born a little charred (My belly gets dangerously close to the heat source sometimes).
  4. Pregnancy makes me crave anything with bbq sauce.  
So given all of this, it is obvious that this salmon was a big hit with all of us. I know the combination might sound a little weird, but trust me on this.  The blueberries give the bbq sauce just the right amount of sweetness, without being overpowering.  And the combination of the sweet and savory sauce + the rich and buttery salmon is a match made in heaven. 

Usually I can make an educated guess on Joey's reaction to our dinners.  Sometimes I'll make something knowing that it will be a home run, and sometimes I know that it won't be his favorite (but he always eats it anyway).  I actually didn't expect him to love this as much as he did, but he kept going on and on about how good it was. 

This was definitely a quick and easy dinner, and I served it with homemade creamed corn (pictured here - would you guys want the recipe for that as well?) and some grilled zucchini.  Blueberries, corn, and zucchini - all wonderful summer produce, all things that contributed to our wonderful dinner.

Grilled Blueberry BBQ Salmon
adapted from How Sweet it is, sauce adapted from The Neely's
  •  4 (6-oz) salmon fillets, skin on
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs grated onion
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch red pepper flakes
Prepare grill to its highest setting.

Meanwhile, pat the salmon dry and season liberally with salt and pepper.

In a medium saucepan, heat the blueberries over medium-low heat until they begin to soften and burst, about 10 minutes.  Use the back of a wooden spoon to mash them, then add the ketchup, vinegars, brown sugar, garlic, onion, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes. 

Whisk well to combine and break up the blueberries, then increase heat to medium.  Stirring often, cook until the mixture begins to bubble, then lower the heat to medium low.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened, another 10-20 minutes.  The sauce will be thicker and clumpier than traditional bbq sauce.

Use a paper towel and tongs to oil the grates of the grill well, then lay the salmon, flesh-side-down, on the grill.  Cook 5 minutes, then carefully flip.  Brush the salmon with half the bbq sauce, then cook an addtional 3-5 minutes, or until it is mostly cooked through but still pink in the center. 

Remove from grill,  brush with remaining sauce, and serve.


Michelle said...

This is brilliant!! My husband and I just got back from a cruise in Alaska, and at every salmon bake we went to there were blueberry desserts and blueberry teas. I'm amazed we didn't come across any blueberry barbecue sauces. I cannot wait to try this!

Melanie said...

Yes! I do want the creamed corn recipe. I tried Southern Living's skillet creamed corn and it was a total dud. Yours looks like it might be tons better!

Ammie said...

If I had read all the way through, I wouldn't have had to ask you what type of corn dish that was! And, yes, please, I'd love to see the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Another vote for the creamed corn recipe!

jillz101 said...

Yes, please post the creamed corn recipe. The picture of it looks sooo good! Can't wait to try this salmon recipe - it sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Nicole-The Galley Gourmet said...

I agree with you on the sweet and savory flavor combo. A little smokey flavor with salmon always gets a thumbs up from me:)

Nicole, RD said...

We loved this, too! I can't wait to make it again...this time on the grill! Blasted weather!

Anonymous said...

When I am looking for things I can make for dinner, I always come first to your blog! I love your healthy, fresh style!

Anonymous said...

i've been craving the creamed corn recipe since i saw the first picture - yes please! from one pregnant woman to another, PLEASE?

Anonymous said...

i've been craving the creamed corn recipe since i saw the first picture - yes please! from one pregnant woman to another, PLEASE?

Kelsey said...

Great post. Michael was just telling me how salmon with berry glaze is a very Oregon thing. I think I'll surprise him with this for dinner one night!

Anonymous said...

Yes to creamed corn recipe, looks sooo good!!!

Kristin said...

Another vote for the creamed corn recipe!

Gwen said...

I'm not a fish fan, but Blueberry BBQ Sauce made salmon not tolerable but downright enjoyable. Thanks for sharing! Since it's not grilling season where I live, do you have any tips on how you'd cook the salmon? (I poached a salmon filet in chicken broth tonight, but I'm not sure if I'm a fan of that preparation.)

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