Easy Greek Salmon Cooked in a Grill Pan
I love salmon and I love Greek seasoning, so this Easy Greek Salmon Cooked in a Grill pan was winner for me! And this tasty salmon is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
I love cooking salmon on an outdoor barbecue grill, but when it’s too cold for outdoor grilling I use a Stovetop Grill Pan
so I can still get those lovely grill marks on the salmon. This type of pan is also great way to “grill” other types of fish or chicken breasts for people who don’t have an outdoor grill, as well as a perfect way to cook vegetables like zucchini or eggplant.
When I posted Friday Night Salmon Two Ways
I explained how I rub the salmon with olive oil and fish rub, then let it come to room temperature before cooking. That same method is used in this recipe, but in this recipe it’s Penzey’s Greek Seasoning
and a bit of lemon zest that gives the salmon extra flavor. The idea of using Greek Seasoning on salmon was sent in to Penzeys by Alice of Los Angeles, California, so thanks to her for the great idea. (And no, Penzeys is not paying me to advertise their spices!) If you don’t have Greek Seasoning, the list of ingredients is after the recipe.
(Easy Greek Salmon Cooked in a Grill Pan was updated with better photos and step-by-step directions, September 2014.)
Thaw salmon overnight in the fridge. Then put it on a place or baking sheet to prepare for grilling.
Mix the olive oil, Greek Seasoning, garlic puree, and some lemon zest. (You might not want as much lemon zest as I used unless you’re also a lemon freak.)
Rub the fish on both sides with the olive oil mixture and let it come to room temperature (at least 15 minutes.)
Spray the grill pan with olive oil or non-stick spray and let it heat for a couple of minutes.
Then lay the fish at an angle to the grill grid and cook 2-3 minutes.
Rotate and cook 2-3 minutes more. Turn over (oops, no photo) and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the fish feels firm but not hard to the touch when you press down with your finger. Serve hot. Greek Salmon is great with Tzatziki Sauce
! Serve Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad
as a side dish.
Greek Salmon Cooked in a Grill Pan
(2 servings, adapted from recipe in Penzeys catalog, Spring 2007)
2 skinless salmon pieces, about six ounces each
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 tsp. Greek Seasoning (or use spices listed at end of recipe)
1 garlic clove, crushed or 1/8 tsp. garlic puree from a jar
1 tsp. lemon zest, or less (optional, but good)
sliced lemon to squeeze over (optional, but good, use the lemon you zested)
In small bowl, mix olive oil, Greek Seasoning, garlic puree, and lemon zest. Place salmon pieces on a plate or baking sheet and rub on both sides with oil mixture. Let salmon marinate at room temperature 15 minutes.
Put grill pan on stove and mist with a small amount of olive oil. (If you don’t have an olive oil mister, dip a paper towel in olive oil and lightly wipe the surface of the pan.) Heat pan over medium-high heat 1-2 minutes, until a drop of water sizzles. Place salmon at an angle to grill grids, and cook 2-3 minutes (until you can see grill marks.)
Rotate fish a quarter turn and cook 2-3 minutes more. Turn fish over carefully and cook 1-2 minutes more on second side. Total cooking time should not be more than 7-8 minutes, possibly less, depending on how hot your pan is and how thick the salmon is. The fish should feel firm but not at all hard to the touch when it’s done.
Serve immediately with grill-marked side up. Serve hot, with lemon slices to squeeze over the fish.
Penzey’s Greek seasoning contains coarse salt, garlic, lemon, black pepper, Turkish oregano, and marjoram. If you don’t have it just use a mixture of whichever of those spices you have on hand. I also like the flavor of Cavender’s brand, available at Amazon.com, if you’re not sensitive to msg.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This would be a great dish for low-carb or low-glycemic diets, including any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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