Grilled Salmon Steaks with Leeks Recipes


Salmon is an ideal fish to barbecue. Its slightly oily texture holds up well to the heat of the fire, and its distinctive flavor combines well with the smoky scent of the barbecue. The lemony chive and watercress butter makes a tangy fresh sauce as it melts on to the fish. Char grilled baby leeks are a marvelous accompaniment; if they are unavailable, use ordinary-sized leeks, or raw spring onions tossed with olive oil and vinegar before barbecuing.


  • 8 baby leeks, cleaned and trimmed

  • 4 x 2.5cm (1 in) thick salmon steaks, about 250g (8oz) each

  • 3 tbsp olive oil or melted butter

  • Salt and black pepper

  • Chive, Lemon & Watercress Butter

  • 60g (2oz) butter, softened

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp chopped chives

  • 45g (1 oz) watercress, chopped

  • Juice of lemon

  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Light the barbecue or preheat a gas barbecue.

  2. Meanwhile, make the flavored butter. Combine the butter with the garlic, shallot, chives and watercress, then blend in the lemon juice and seasoning. Drain off any excess liquid and form the butter into a sausage shape. Wrap in Clingfilm and chill until firm.

  3. Blanch the leeks in boiling water for about 2 minutes, then drain, refresh under cold running water and drain well again.

  4. Brush the salmon steaks and the leeks with oil or melted butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Place the salmon steaks and leeks on the barbecue over medium-hot coals and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until the salmon is fairly firm and the leeks have char marks from the grill.

  6. Serve immediately, with a nugget of the chilled butter on top of each salmon steak.


GRILLED STEAKS WITH LEEKS Tender lean steaks are delicious with the melting Chive, Lemon & Watercress Butter. Adjust the cooking time to 4-5 minutes so that the meat remains rare and juicy.

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