Date Night Grilled Corn Salsa and Salmon

Hey there! Your lonely days are over. I’m back! Hee hee…. I’m only kidding.

In my last post (Grilled Cilantro Corn), I was telling you about burning corn  – (slightly, so put your torch away) and how that recipe can be integrated into a recipe for something else. Remember? Well, this is that recipe. As someone said to me, “This here is some good eatin’!”

While salmon and corn aren’t the usual aphrodisiacs, the salmon itself is a popular choice among the dating class. I’ve noticed this when out at restaurants. I’ll see a couple that’s appears to be out on a date, and they always make these healthy meal choices. No one ever orders the half pounder with extra cheese, waffle fries, and a chocolate shake. Nor is anyone pointing to the smothered pork chop dinner asking if it comes with soup or salad. It’s always something cute, dainty, and likely to leave one hungry before they can even walk out of the restaurant. I don’t know about you, but I like my palette to be pleased and my tummy to be full. Otherwise, I will just have to trouble my date for another meal. You don’t want that, now do you? Poor date. They’ll be worried that feeding you is a full-time job! Dinner and dancing will consist mainly of dinners, a little booty shaking, and then some more damn dinner! So go on ahead, eat like a big girl or boy and then go shake it off. For the movie buffs – One of my favorite movies is “The Wedding Singer”. In the very beginning of the movie, the song “You Spin me Around” by Dead or Alive is the song the band is performing, and everyone’s dancing. If you’ve seen this movie, have you ever noticed the lady in the turquoise dress? There are 2 or 3 flashes of her dancing. She’s dancing like a friggin’ maniac! I LOVE it. That’s how I want you to dance after you eat like a big girl, and yes, even a big boy. You’re sure to burn hundreds of calories. Thank me later (o;

This meal, I will tell you is  light. I would definitely expect it to be followed by DESSERT. That’s when you call me!

Let’s get started!

Note:  You want your fish to flake when pierced with your fork. To help, I suggest your salmon fillets be approximately 6.25 ounces. Otherwise, the cooking time will vary.

Be careful with the salmon as it cooks quickly if you’re using a charcoal grill. That’s all that I use and wouldn’t have it any other way. Taming the heat on a charcoal grill can be challenging if it isn’t something you do often. Today, we’re not gonna go there. Let’s just bask in the glory of salmon and corn salsa.

Prepare your grill. Be sure to oil your grate with cooking spray before you place it on the grill.

Place 4 Anaheim or Poblano (you can even do 2 of each) chiles on the grill. Grill 5 minutes on each side. You want them blackened without actually burning them. When the chiles are done, put them in a zip plastic bag and seal the bag shut. Give them about 5-10 minutes to sweat. Next, peel the skins off the chiles. Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes. Then cut the chiles into strips.

Now, you can use that recipe from the Grilled Cilantro Corn post. You will need 3 shucked ears of corn. When the corn is done, allow to cool to the point where you can actually handle the corn to cut the kernels from the cobs.

Combine 1 cup basil and oregano diced tomato, 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro, and 5 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. Add the chopped chiles and corn kernels and gently stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Now for the salmon… sprinkle the juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime over 4 salmon fillets weighing between 5.75 and 6.25 oz each. Sprinkle 1/4 cup white wine over the fillets. Then, combine the following:

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Stir well. Rub the seasoning mixture over both sides of each fillet. Be sure to re-oil your grate with cooking spray, or you can brush it with olive oil. Grill the salmon for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily when pierced.

You’re done! Now go down there and say something nice. I mean, comments welcome!

Enjoy!

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