Action Home Grilling: Salmon with Green Romesco Salsa
Salmon with green romesco salsa


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 2¾–3-lb. whole skin-on side salmon
  • 1–2 Tbsp. plus ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped unsalted roasted almonds
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 poblano chiles, halved, ribs and seeds removed
  • 1 lemon, halved

What you’ll Need

  • Silicon pastry brush
  • Pan
  • Baking sheet
  • Spatula


Step 1

Fire up the grill for medium heat; lightly oil grate with vegetable oil. Pat one 2¾–3-lb. whole skin-on side salmon dry with paper towels, then place, skin side down, on a paper-towel-lined baking sheet. (You want to catch any excess oil when you brush the salmon, as it can cause flare-ups that will char the skin faster than the flesh can cook.) Brush 1–2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, depending on the size of the fish, on flesh side of fish; season generously with kosher salt.

Step 2

Place salmon on grill, skin side down, and cover. Grill, undisturbed, until skin is lightly charred and crisp and flesh is opaque, 20–23 minutes. (To check for doneness, slide a butter knife into the thickest part of the fish, pull it out, and hold a flat side to the back of your hand; it should be very warm). Using 2 spatulas, slide fish onto a platter. Increase grill heat to medium-high.

Step 3

While the salmon is grilling, mix together 1 large jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped, 3 garlic cloves, finely grated, 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley, ¾ cup coarsely chopped unsalted roasted almonds, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, ½ tsp. ground cumin, and ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl. Season almond mixture generously with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Step 4

Place 4 poblano chiles, halved, ribs and seeds removed, in a medium bowl and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil; turn to coat. Arrange, skin side down, on grate and cover. Grill until well charred, 8–10 minutes. Let peppers cool slightly.

Step 5

Drizzle cut sides of 1 lemon, halved, with extra-virgin olive oil. Grill, cut side down, until lightly charred, about 2 minutes.

Step 6

Rub off charred skin from chiles; discard. Coarsely chop flesh; stir into almond mixture; spoon romesco over salmon. Serve with lemon for squeezing over.

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