Jun 18, 2013

Grilled Salmon Kebabs



These lovely grilled salmon and lemon kabobs are delicious and easy to make – with mega omegas in every bite! Seasoned with fresh herbs, lemon, and spices and grilled to perfection.


This was last night's supper, it was a beautiful night and we ate outdoors, oh how I love summer! I served this with a great big garden salad and everyone loved them – including my 3 year old which was a happy surprise for me.

I have so much oregano growing in my garden and I'm always looking for ways to use it. I came across this recipe on Bon Appetit and was intrigued because I would never think to combine cumin and oregano with sesame seeds. I also loved how the lemon sliced looked between each cube of salmon. This was fantastic and I plan on making lots of variations of this all summer long.




Grilled Salmon Kebabs
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 2 kebabs • Old Points: 6 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 8 pt
Calories: 267 • Fat: 11 g • Carb: 7 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 35 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 658 mg • Cholest: 94 mg


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 pounds skinless wild salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 lemons, very thinly sliced into rounds
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 16 bamboo skewers soaked in water 1 hour


Directions:

Heat the grill one medium heat and spray the grates with oil. Mix oregano, sesame seeds, cumin, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl to combine; set spice mixture aside.

Beginning and ending with salmon, thread salmon and folded lemon slices onto 8 pairs of parallel skewers to make 8 kebabs total. Spray the fish lightly with oil and season kosher salt and the reserved spice mixture.


Grill the fish, turning occasionally, until fish is opaque throughout, about 8 to 10 minutes total.

Adapted from Bon Appetit

80 comments :

  1. will this work with a indoor grill?

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  2. Gorgeous! Love the idea of salmon kebabs!

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  3. Oh my gosh. What a brilliant idea! I've been baking and grilling salmon on top of lemon slices a ton recently and this is such a fun new way to make one of our favorite meals. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  4. If I were to use metal skewers, do you think I'd still need to double them up like you did?

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    1. It just helps them turn over easier

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  5. Love these kebabs! Just pinned, google+ and shared on FB :)

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  6. What a yummy idea! I make salmon all the way, so this will be a great way to mix it up!

    xxx
    Jaclyn
    http://www.loveandbellinis.com

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  7. Looks gorgeous, Gina!! Now I'm craving these!

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  8. Do you ever use frozen salmon? If so, what brand?

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    1. Ellen-

      I buy these individually-wrapped frozen wild-caught salmon filets that are available in the seafood freezer section. I don't remember the brand, but I pay $1.99 the filet and they are very very good.

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    2. Yes, Alaskan Wild salmon if good, make sure you thaw it.

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  9. Gina, I usually love all of your recipes, but I have to say...this recipe is entirely copied from Bon Appetit. How is it adapted at all?

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    1. They use more olive oil in the BA recipe and it is brushed on - more calories. Using a Misto and spraying will save on a good deal of oil.

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    2. It's only slightly adapted, I took away all the oil, and adjusted the cooking time. And of course gave them complete credit above as you see – nothing wrong with that!!

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    3. Also to Anonymous - not all of us have the time to read every recipe out there, so we greatly appreciate Gina taking the time to do so and making modifications that make them a little more healthy and giving credit where credit is due. Thanks Gina!! I literally cook 99% of our meals from your website. No need to go anywhere else. Cannot wait for the book!

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    4. I appreciate you adapting their recipe, I'm curious as to why why Bon Appetite has the protein at 44g and yours is 34g? What causes the decrease in protein?

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  10. Olive oil spray instead of 2 tbsps olive oil

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  11. wow Gina ... these look great! I'm always looking for different ways to make salmon! I know whats for dinner tomorrow..

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  12. Beautiful kebabs!!!! Perfect for summer!

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  13. Great timing! Whole Foods in my area has wild salmon on special on Friday. Whoo hoo!

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    1. Whole Foods everywhere will have wild salmon on sale on Friday. Perfect timing!

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  14. This looks amazing! I will have to try it!

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  15. I saw these on Instagram and I was so excited for the recipe :) I eat paleo so this is right down my alley! With a side of grilled asparagus... Yummmm. Thank you!

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  16. Gina, these are just gorgeous, and I agree that the combination of spices is intriguing! The oregano in my garden is flourishing, too - now I have a great new idea of what to do with it! Oh - and I love that you included the technique of threading each kebab onto TWO skewers - seems obvious, right? - yet it's a brilliant solution to keep delicate salmon from falling off and to keep kebab pieces from rotating and shifting during cooking. Great post! ~Shelley at THK

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  17. Do you think this could be made with mahi mahi?

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    1. Any firm white fish, I think that would be ok.

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  18. Thanks Gina excellent find....glad you shared it!

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  19. Thank you so much for that double skewer idea. That's exactly what my chunk of salmon did the last time i grilled kabobs.

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  20. I love kabobs but right now we don't have a grill but maybe able to do in the oven or on my George Foreman in the house. These sound delicious.

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  21. I assume that the spice mixture is used to baste the salmon skewers as they are cooking? It does not say in your recipe. Thanks.

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    1. It's to season the fish before grilling.

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  22. What a brilliant idea for salmon! I'm always looking for new recipes using it and this is just great. Pinned!

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    1. I have a wire hinged thing that I use for anything that looks a bit delicate. You can turn it without disturbing it. It would work well for this. I got it from Amazon. I use it for burgers and fish.

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  23. Do you think these can be made ahead of time and then kept in the refridgerator over night before grilling?

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    1. I would just be careful with the lemon, it might cook the fish. You could cut them and prep them, then maybe thread the next day.

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  24. Ignore my last comment, just re-read the recipe more carfully this time.

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  25. These sound wonderful! Can't wait to try them!!

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  26. this looks incredible. I can't wait to make this!

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  27. How do you print the recipe without all comments?

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    1. Use the printer friendly button at the bottom of the post

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  28. I love kebabs, I can't believe I never thought of making them with salmon! I will definitely be trying these when I find salmon on sale.

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  29. Just made these in the George Foreman (no grill allowed in my apartment!)and they turned out excellent. Five minutes on medium was perfect.

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  30. Oh my that looks good, Im going to try it.

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  31. My birthday is this week. My husband asked what i wanted for dinner that night and I special requested him to make this recipe. Looking forward to it. Three of my favorite things- kabobs, salmon, and a grill. :)

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  32. I grilled these this evening. They were amazing! Even my husband loved them and he claims to not like salmon.

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  33. Like Becky, my husband also claims he does not like salmon.; yet he ate 3 salmon kebabs tonight for dinner and exclaimed "put these in the list!"...dinner rotation list that is :) I'm always scouring the met for healthy recipes. great find and thanks for sharing!

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    1. awesome!! My toddler keeps asking me for the pink fish!

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  34. I just made these tonight and they were delicious! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes.

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  35. When I plug the nutrition into my WW app I only get 7 points plus?

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    1. perhaps youre using different salmon, they are not all the same, some have more fat. 7 works!

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  36. I'm going to try cooking these on a cedar plank! Yum! Thanks for your wonderful recipes. I'm new here and really enjoying your blog.

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  37. amazing. didn't have lemon so used limes, delish, a little tart but delish. could see them in a corn tortilla.

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  38. Followed the recipe but substituted Cayenne for pepper flakes-gave the fish a little more snap! Also, my daughter does not eat fish, so made a skewer of breast of chicken chunks for her. She loved them! And they take about the same time to cook. Served with accompaniment of Black Rice and Butter Lettuce salad with Tomato and Red Onion, and it all was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful meal.

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  39. Would tuna work for this? I've never made tuna steaks but plan to this weekend. Will they "kebab"?

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    1. Yes!!! I would cook it less time so it's rare on the inside

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  40. This is exactly how I spiced my fish last night! This idea is brilliant! :)

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  41. Just made these for dinner tonight - so delish and easy! Great recipe, Gina. Thanks!

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  42. I tried this recipe on my new grill i got as a gift from my wife "Kabobeque BBQ Grills".
    the kabobs came out amazing, they were juicy, soft and flavorful.

    The grill i got automatically rotates the skewers, so making this kabob recipe was a fast n fun thing.

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  43. This is my new all-time salmon recipe. I had to gather my Meyer lemons before the freeze. Amazing flavors! Thank you Gina!

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  44. What procedure would you suggest if I'm making this using a stove?

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  45. This looks so amazing I'm planning to make this this weekend. Thanks for sharing and I'm definitely going to check your other recipes.

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  46. I love this dish! It always turns out amazing, it makes a lovely presentation and it is so good for you. I like to serve it with a kale salad. yummy.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  47. My husband does mainly does the grilling and he says that no matter how much he may spray the grates, fish always falls apart on the grill. You have no oil in the marinade for the salmon so how do you grill the kebobs without having them stick to the grill even if you spray the grill with oil? Also if you heat the grill before and then spray with oil, it sparks high flames when the oil burns. Any tricks to keeping the fish from falling apart?

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    1. As long as my grates are very clean and oiled, it doesn't stick. You ca use spray ( I do this on low) or just brush it on.

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  48. Just tried this last night. A little unsure about the seasoning combo as I am not a huge fan of cumin but this really worked! Didn't quite get the fish cooked enough on the grill so we zapped it a minute in the microwave but it already had the good grill flavor so it was fine! Didn't have any problem with sticking on the grill, think the lemon slices helped reduce the contact with the grill slightly keeping it from sticking. Served on top of a mixed grain salad. This is a real wow!

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  49. Love these, cooked these tonight in the grill in my oven.

    Thanks!

    www.aubeterreblue.co.uk

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