In many parts of the country, the weather is starting to change slowly but surely. Temperatures are starting to creep upwards ever so slightly. We’re leaving our jackets behind in the morning because it’s warm enough to forego them first thing during the day and by the time we’re done with work, the sun is shining and the car is nice and warm.
That also inevitably means that people are starting to pull the covers off of their grills and when that happens, it’s often followed by a questions–“should I grill for dinner?” If you’re wondering what to grill tonight, you’re in the right place. At Mighty Flame, there’s nothing we love more than sharing our passion for grilling and that’s why in today’s blog we’ll share a few seasonally appropriate easy grilling ideas to get you started off on the right foot. If you need a few quick grill recipes, keep reading to learn more!
What to Grill Tonight: Spring Edition
Grilled Salmon with Lemon
Isn’t there just something about grilled fish that feels so right for this time of year? It’s light and flaky, but full of flavor that many of us don’t often get. Summer is for grilling burgers and brats, but spring is for salmon! For whatever reason, people are often intimidated by grilling salmon, but the truth of the matter is that once you give it a try, you’ll realize just how easy it is and it will quickly become one of your favorites.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Salmon filets
- Fresh dill
- Garlic powder
- Lemon juice
- Chicken broth
To get started, coat your filets with salt, pepper, dill, and garlic powder. Next, take a resealable plastic bag and add a few tablespoons of chicken broth. You could also add vegetable oil to keep your fish from sticking to the grates, seasonings for a bit of extra flavor, or even soy sauce or coconut aminos. From there, add your salmon filets to bag and ensure that the chicken broth coats both sides. Set the bag in the fridge for about an hour.
45 or so minutes from the time you put your fish in the fridge, preheat your grill to medium. Once it’s hot enough, discard your marinade, re-season your salmon to taste and place the filet skin side down on the grill. Keep the lid closed while you grill and cook for 18-20 minutes. The USDA recommends that you cook your fish to at least 145 degrees, so keep your thermometer handy.
When the fish is done, remove it from the grill and add a few squirts of lemon juice over the top for taste. Serve with any side dish that sounds good and a glass of white wine.
Grilled Shrimp Rolls with Sorrel
Our next recipe comes from the team at Food & Wine and it’s a real winner. You don’t even have to take our word for it! If you take a look at their website, you’ll see that this recipe has been rated at 5 stars by a number of guests–and for good reason. They describe this dish wonderfully: “When he was a child and spent summers on Martha’s Vineyard, Shea Gallante loved lobster rolls. For this version, he douses shrimp with gin and sherry, grills it and mixes it with a fragrant scallion-tarragon mayonnaise.” That’s enough to get our mouths watering and our hearts racing!
With four easy steps, you’ll be enjoying a wonderful combination of flavors that are sure to put a smile on your face. Everyone loves grilled shrimp, but combining them with the other ingredients and adding them onto a few potato rolls is exactly what takes this recipe to the next level. You may notice that the recipe calls for an ingredient called cornichons. If you don’t have any idea what that is, don’t worry. Food Republic sums it up perfectly by saying that cornichons are “minuscule sour French pickles [that] are: 1. adorable; 2. absolutely delicious; and 3. very useful.”
As useful as they might be, they’re also hard to find. Substituting your favorite pickle, chopped into fine pieces, would also work well and as good as they are, trust us when we say that even if you can’t get cornichons, you’ll still be enjoying this dish.
Food & Wine suggests pairing this meal with a nice crisp Chardonnay, which is all well and good, but if you prefer a beer, any good IPA ought to do the trick just fine. Let’s be honest though–this recipe is so good that you won’t care what you’re drinking with it. Either way, it’s sure to become one of your go-to spring favorites that you might just carry with you all the way through the summer. It really is that good.
Buy a Propane Tank and Get Started!
If you follow along with the team at Mighty Flame, you’ll never have to wonder what to grill tonight because we’ll always be here to provide our readers with the best grilling ideas that are easy and quick. Looking for more inspiration? Take a look back at some of our previous blogs and you’ll see that we love sharing grilling tips, tricks, recipes, and other ideas so that ought to keep you going for awhile.
And, of course, if you need to buy a propane tank, swing by a Mighty Flame location near you to make sure that you’re stocked up with the good stuff that you need to make an amazing meal.