A birthday treat….a whole salmon on the BBQ

My son has always loved fish, and when we asked him what he would like to eat for his 3rd Birthday, we weren’t at all surprised when he said salmon.

Now I have a bit of history in not doing things by halves, I’m thinking a whole hog roasted for his first birthday, a new pizza oven and 40 pizzas for his second birthday, so really a few salmon fillets, or even a side of salmon weren’t really an option. It had to be a whole salmon.

The fish I procured was a bit of a monster in size, and wouldn’t fit in my indoor oven, so I made use of my home made oil drum BBQ/smoker that tends to get used for our larger events. I’ve recently lined it with recycled storage heater bricks to improve it’s heat retention.

I placed the huge fish on a piece of jumbo sized foil, slashed the sides a few times, and placed a slice of lemon and a bay leaf in each slash. I stuffed the cavity with lemon slices, bay leaves and some branches of fennel, a bit of salt and pepper inside and out, and a good glug of white wine, one for the fish, and one for the chef. I wrapped the fish up forming the foil into a tent, but crimping the foil tightly to seal.

I popped the fishy package on the BBQ away from the coals and shut the lid. I cooked this for 45 minutes before checking the fish was cooked, it flaked lovely, but was incredibly moist and prefectly cooked. I served it with a big bowl of home made coleslaw, and a pile of buttered new potatoes.

My son was over the moon with this, and everyone enjoyed being able to tuck in, we were so lucky with the weather, and were blessed with an afternoon of sun.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Simon Godfrey on July 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Nice tradition to keep going – especially when he is old enough to help you cook it…. 😉 Salmon looks great – our eldest (4) is also is big into fish. Home-smoked salmon being his favourite – but hot smoked / BBQed being a close second.

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  2. So Marcus – my birthday is the 30th July, we’ll be over just before lunch and I have no foodie quirks other than a refusal to eat pig’s ears. Now, off you go – I’ll be looking forward to it! LOL

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  3. That’s a beautiful looking salmon 🙂

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