Grilling is an easy and fast way to cook salmon, and a sweet-tangy slathering of maple syrup and mustard complements the fish’s meatiness. Making the glaze right on the grill means you don’t even have to turn on the stove. For a light, healthy alfresco dinner, serve this with some grilled corn on the cob.
Special equipment: You will need a pastry brush for this recipe.
Game plan: The glaze can be made up to a day in advance on the stove. Cook it uncovered over medium-high heat, let it cool slightly, transfer it to a container with a tightfitting lid, and refrigerate. Let the glaze come to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
To keep the fish from sticking to the grill, once the grill is hot, use the scraper to remove any residue from previous grilling sessions. Then follow the instructions for oiling the grill right before cooking.
Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium high (about 375°F to 425°F).
Meanwhile, place all of the glaze ingredients in a medium oven-safe frying pan and whisk until combined.
When the grill is ready, place the frying pan on the grill, cover the grill, and cook until the glaze just comes to a boil, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a hot pad or dry towel, remove the pan from the grill; set aside.
Pat the salmon dry with paper towels. Brush both sides of the fillets with vegetable oil and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
Rub the grill grates with a towel dipped in oil. Place the salmon on the grill skin-side down, cover the grill, and cook undisturbed until grill marks appear and the skin is starting to crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Using a flat spatula, carefully flip the fillets over and brush the skin with some of the glaze. Cover the grill and continue to cook until the salmon is just opaque in the center, about 2 to 4 minutes more. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately, passing the remaining glaze on the side.