Easy BBQ Salmon with Avocado Salsa
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Another month, another Loblaws Food Alert Item of the Month post!!! I don't normally get excited about food (okay, who are we kidding, I'm ALWAYS excited about food!), but this month's post has me really ecstatic that I've learned how to cook something new. I've been featuring a bit more seafood than usual here on the old blog for the past couple weeks, so I guess seafood lovers should rejoice because this month's Food Alert Item is Sockeye Salmon (see more sockeye salmon recipes), and this BBQ Salmon with Avocado Salsa is going to become your next go-to weeknight dinner. It's ready in just 20 minutes people!
Now let me explain some things to you about salmon as a newbie to cooking fish: it takes very little time to cook (I'm talking just 10-12 minutes!) and it goes great with virtually every kind of dip or salsa you could imagine. And it's so summery, you just have to cook it on the grill!
There's also a big difference between farmed salmon and sockeye salmon. First of all, sockeye salmon is wild-caught fish. If you eat a lot of salmon, you'll probably notice right away that sockeye salmon is a drastically different colour – it's a bright, orangey red as opposed to the pink colour you may see in other varieties of farmed salmon.
Typically sockeye salmon is free from antibiotics (unlike farmed salmon where there are no guarantees), and their bright red colour comes from the diet that they eat in the ocean, primarily small crustaceans. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, are fed a canola, grain and sometimes soy-based diet that strips the flesh of the natural red or pink hue. However, there are other factors to watch out for whenever you eat wild-caught fish: they usually contain higher levels of mercury, so you may only want to indulge a couple times a month.
This BBQ Salmon with Avocado Salsa recipe is more than just educating you about the monthly Food Alert item. If you didn’t tune in for my Peppery Balsamic and Garlic Fiddleheads recipe for the month of May, or the Grilled Asparagus Flatbread I posted last month, then I’ve gotta update you on the monthly Instagram contest that Loblaws is hosting in honour of the Food Alert Items. Since each ingredient will only be available for a limited time, you have to run out and grab it soon for your chance to win your next grocery shop (up to $250)!
To enter the contest, all you have to do is the following:
- Follow @LoblawsON on Instagram
- Ensure that your Instagram account is public (i.e. account privacy set to “off”)
- Upload an original picture to your Instagram that highlights the monthly Food Alert Item – this month it’s Sockeye Salmon
- Include #WeLoveFood and #ShareTheFoodLove in your Instagram post
Will you be trying this Easy BBQ Salmon with Avocado Salsa? If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know in the comments, on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook! And don't forget to tag Loblaws in your Instagram photos this month!
Easy BBQ Salmon with Avocado Salsa
- 4 frozen or fresh sockeye salmon filets
- olive oil
- brown sugar
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 yellow pepper diced
- 1 small red onion diced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup cilantro basil or parsley, chopped (I highly recommend the cilantro!)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
- Preheat BBQ to med-high heat.
- Brush salmon with a little bit of olive oil, then brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper then put on the grill skin-side down for 10-12 min, watching carefully.
- Meanwhile, mix together the salsa.
- Remove salmon from the grill and toss with salsa. Serve alongside brown rice or BBQ potatoes and enjoy!
By the way, just a note. You might wanna double this Avocado Salsa recipe. It went very quickly when I served it to my fam! 😉