Elizabeth: In my novel, The Caretaker of Showman’s Hill, Cassie Briggs makes a nice salmon dinner, not knowing that Basil Wensilton III is a vampire and can’t eat it. But she had a few other takers, so it didn’t go to waste. Cassie, can you give us the recipe for your salmon?
Cassie: Of course I can, Elizabeth. And since I know how much you enjoy food that is grilled, I’m going to tell the readers how to make this on the grill. It’s very easy.
1 lb. or more of a tail piece of fresh salmon. Get it with the skin on, and have the grocer slice it in half.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Brush some on both the skin and regular side of salmon so it won’t stick to the grill.
Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing (I use the Litehouse brand, already prepared in the bottle.)
Pinch of Black Pepper
Clove of fresh Garlic
Mix the above ingredients together and brush some on the pink side of the salmon. Then sprinkle with Cayenne or use Paprika if you don’t like it spicy.
Heat grill to medium, and use spray oil on the grates. Then put the salmon skin-side down on the grill and cook for 15-20 minutes. (The time depends on how thick the salmon is and how hot the grill is, so you’ll have to make the call.) The last 2 minutes of grilling, flip the salmon so it’ll get nice grill marks. The skin side may look burnt but just remove it before eating.
Top with the following sauce and serve over a bed of rice with a vegetable side dish.
Approx. 4 – 6 Tb Sesame Ginger Dressing, 2 minced garlic cloves, approx. 1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger (fresh makes the difference here) and optional – 1 tsp fresh grated turmeric root. The Turmeric root will give it a tangy kick and the fresh ginger gives it a blast of spice. Serve with a fresh sprig of rosemary if you have it.
And there’s the recipe. It is simple and delicious, and I just may get Basil to eat this yet!
Happy grilling! – Cassie ♨
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Read about Cassie and Basil in The Caretaker of Showman’s Hill: