Quick-Cured Salmon Steaks with Grilled Tomatoes and Tzatziki

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.

Quick-Cured Salmon Steaks with Grilled Tomatoes and Tzatziki Recipe
Photo: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Missie Crawford
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins


  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

  • 4 (8-ounce) wild sockeye or coho salmon steaks or fillets (1 inch thick)

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup minced seeded unpeeled Persian or English cucumber

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated

  • Warm pita wedges and grilled on-the-vine cherry tomatoes, for serving


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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