I know this combination sounds strange. Coffee and salmon? I originally developed this rub for steaks, but it was so good that I decided to try it on a salmon filet on a whim. What a whim! I was floored at how wonderful this rub is on just about anything. I think the fact that it is aces on salmon, proves its versatility.
One tip here on the coffee — choose whatever is your favorite fresh coffee bean at the grocery store, set the grinder to the finest level, grind the coffee and then send the ground coffee back through the grinder again. We don’t want coffee grounds — we want coffee powder.
One note before you work the recipe below: Skip the tongs and go with a steel turner. The tongs will require the precision of a surgeon to not mangle the presentation.
Grilled salmon, coated with a sweet coffee rub that is as delicious as it is simple and quick to make.
- 4 salmon filets, skin on one side
- Coarse salt to coat the filets
- 1/2 cup finely ground coffee
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- Place the salmon skin side down, and coat with coarse salt.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle over the salmon.
- Preheat the grill for high heat grilling.
- Place the salmon on the grill, skin side down, and close the lid.
- Do not rotate or flip the salmon
- Remove from the heat at 8 minutes for medium-rare, or 10 minutes for medium.
- Remove and serve!