Salmon steaks are essentially two fillets attached by the spine of the fish. Less expensive, and easier to grill than a fillet, these steaks are quickly cured in a brown sugar-based dry cure that’s also wonderful on fillets.Note: Salmon fillets can be used in place of salmon steaks for this recipe.

May 2020


Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Missie Crawford

Recipe Summary

1 hr 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together brown sugar, salt, and paprika in a large, shallow dish. Add salmon; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour, flipping salmon occasionally.

  • Meanwhile, stir together yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, dill, and garlic in a bowl; season with salt to taste.

  • Preheat grill to medium (350°F to 450°F). Using a spatula, scrape off most of the marinade from salmon; discard marinade. Place salmon on oiled grates; grill, covered, until slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer salmon to a platter. Serve with tzatziki, warm pita wedges, and grilled tomatoes.

Make Ahead

Tzatziki can be prepared and refrigerated up to 3 days ahead.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy, medium-boded California rosé.