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It’s grilling season and if I could, I would grill all the things! In my world, there’s not much that isn’t even better when cooked on the barbecue. So, of course when I found out that this month I’d be cooking with fresh sockeye salmon, I instantly thought of grilling it. In fact, I’ve had a cedar plank tucked away in my kitchen cabinet waiting for just such an occasion.
When I headed to Loblaws to pick up the salmon, I spied some gorgeous fresh blueberries there as well and ta da! My Cedar Planked Grilled Sockeye Salmon with Blueberry Chutney recipe was born.
Loblaws Monthly Food Alerts
Every month, Loblaws has Monthly Food Alerts on items that are only available for a limited time. It’s a great way to keep up to date on what’s available that month and make the most of seasonal cooking. This month, the Monthly Food Alert item is fresh sockeye salmon.
Which Cut of Salmon to Choose?
I’ll be honest. I haven’t cooked fish very much. Thankfully, Loblaws has skilled employees working at their fish counter and they were able to offer me some guidance. I had the choice between a whole salmon, salmon fillets, or salmon steaks. I knew that I didn’t want a whole salmon simply because of the quantity. I was only feeding 2 people so it didn’t make sense. With fillets or steaks, I could buy only the portions I needed. For my purposes, she suggested the salmon steak because I would be grilling it. The steak is thicker and holds its shape better on the grill.
Picking Quality Salmon
Well, I firmly believe that step one in selecting the best salmon is to buy it from Loblaws. Seriously! I really trust them and their employees. They always offer me great advice and have never steered me wrong yet. I know they take great pride in what they do and stand behind everything they sell. In general though when it comes to salmon, you should be looking for: clear eyes, no signs of browning, minimal bruising, firm flesh, and no fishy smell.
Cedar Planked Grilled Sockeye Salmon with Blueberry Chutney Recipe
Fresh sockeye salmon steaks from Loblaws
A cedar plank for grilling (look for these at the fish counter)
1 T. olive oil plus another ½ T. for brushing the salmon
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. ginger (I used the kind from the tube but you can use fresh)
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. maple syrup
¼ cup lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Lime slices for serving
Soak a 7 by 12 inch untreated cedar plank (I purchased mine at Loblaws at the fish counter so I was sure it was food grade) for at least half an hour or up to 24 hours. Brush both sides of the salmon with olive oil and salt and pepper each side. I wanted a bit of a sear on the salmon, so I began by placing it directly on the grates of the grill, just for a minute or so on each side. Then I placed the cedar plank on the grill and placed the salmon on the plank. Put the lid down on the grill and continue to cook the fish until the fish is flaky – about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, you can prepare the blueberry chutney. By the way, this chutney is DELICIOUS and could be used on a variety of meats (chicken, pork for example). It’s even yummy when served on a traditional British cheese and chutney sandwich or poured over a block of goat cheese and served with crackers. Ok, back to making the chutney – you want to begin by drizzling the 1 T. of oil into a small saucepan. Cook the onions over low to medium heat until they begin to turn transparent. Stir in the ginger and cook for another minute or two. Add the blueberries, brown sugar, maple syrup, and lime juice. Bring this mixture to a simmer and cook gently until the blueberries start to burst open. This will take about 4-6 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool while the salmon finishes cooking. Serve the salmon steaks with chutney spooned over top and store any leftover chutney in the fridge for other uses.
Pro tip: If you aren’t able to grill the salmon, you can still use the cedar plank in your oven. Cook at 425 degrees F for about 12-14 minutes.
Free Groceries Contest
To encourage you to try out these Monthly Food Alert items, Loblaws is giving you a chance to enter to win up to $250 in groceries free!
To enter, you need to:
· Follow @LoblawsON on Instagram.
· Make sure your own Instagram account is set to “public”.
· Share an original picture on your Instagram account highlighting the Monthly Food Alert Item
· Include the campaign hashtags #WeLoveFood and #ShareTheFoodLove
You need to enter right away because this month’s contest ends on July 31st. Contest is open to legal residents of Canada who live in Ontario.
What’s your favourite way to prepare fresh salmon? Share in the comments below!