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Mediterranean Salmon-Mayo Clinic Health System

Recipe: Mediterranean-style grilled salmon

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Dietitian's tip:

Instead of the usual breaded and fried fish, this fish is grilled, Mediterranean style. You may substitute swordfish, halibut, sea bass or any other whitefish, and the calorie values are similar.

Number of servings

Serves 4


·         4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

·         1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

·         1 tablespoon minced garlic

·         2 tablespoons lemon juice

·         4 salmon fillets, each 5 ounces

·         Cracked black pepper, to taste

·         4 green olives, chopped

·         4 thin slices lemon


Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. In a small bowl, combine the basil, parsley, minced garlic and lemon juice.  Spray the fish with cooking spray. Sprinkle with black pepper. Top each fillet with equal amounts of the basil-garlic mixture. Place the fish herb-side down on the grill. Grill over high heat. When the edges turn white, after about 3 to 4 minutes, turn the fish over and place on aluminum foil. Move the fish to a cooler part of the grill or reduce the heat. Grill until the fish is opaque throughout when tested with the tip of a knife and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the fish reads 145 F (about 4 minutes longer). Remove the salmon and place on warmed plates. Garnish with green olives and lemon slices.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :1 fillet

·         Total carbohydrate 2 g

·         Dietary fiber trace

·         Sodium 105 mg

·         Saturated fat 1.5 g

·         Total fat 9 g

·         Cholesterol 78 mg

·         Protein 28 g

·         Monounsaturated fat 3 g

·         Calories 183

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