Grilled Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives
© Quentin Bacon

Grilled Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives


The Good News Joe Bastianich likes the way protein- and omega 3–rich salmon gives him lots of energy without weighing him down. Here, it's grilled until the skin is crisp. Green olives add more heart-healthy fat and a hit of cell-protecting vitamin E.

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  1. 1/4 preserved lemon, pulp discarded and peel minced (see Note)
  2. 1 small shallot, minced
  3. 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  4. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  6. One 2-pound, center-cut salmon fillet with skin
  7. Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  8. 8 large green olives, such as Cerignola, halved and pitted
  1. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. In a bowl, mix the preserved lemon with the shallot, parsley and 1 tablespoon each of the oil and lemon juice. Using a knife, make 1-inch-deep slits in the salmon skin, 1 inch apart. Rub the preserved lemon mixture into the slits. Rub the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil all over the salmon, then drizzle the fish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice; season with salt and white pepper.
  2. Grill the salmon, skin side down, over moderate heat until the skin is lightly charred and crisp, 5 minutes. Turn the salmon and grill until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Transfer the fish to a platter, skin side up. Scatter the olives over the fish. Cut the salmon crosswise into 6 pieces and serve.
Make Ahead
The seasoned salmon can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours.

Preserved lemons are a Moroccan ingredient made from lemons that have been cured in lemon juice and salt. Look for them at specialty-food shops.

One Serving 291 cal, 2 gm carb, 18 gm fat, 2.5 gm sat fat, 30 gm protein, 0 gm fiber.

Suggested Pairing

Serve with a medium-bodied, minerally Italian white.