Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon

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This Cuban-style marinated grilled salmon is gluten-free, keto and paleo friendly, and delicious. Best of all, it is easy and quick to make.

Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon

 

This Cuban-style grilled salmon is first marinated in a mixture of garlic, shallots, lemon juice, cumin, and cayenne pepper and then grilled to achieve the maximum flavor, but it can easily be pan-fried or baked in the oven and it will still taste amazing.

 

The first thing I associate with Cuba is not their salmon recipe but their cigars. And I associate their cigars with our late president Josip Broz Tito. Back in a day, you could often see him with Havana’s “forbidden fruit” between his fingers.

 

He smoked Cuban cigars, cigarettes using a holder, and tobacco pipes. It was his trademark and it was socially acceptable.

 

But Tito wasn’t known for his smoking. He was our beloved president and the chief leader of the Non-Aligned Movement, alongside Jawaharlal Nehru of India (on whom I had a crush, but that’s a story for another day), Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Sukarno of Indonesia, and Nkrumah of Ghana.

 

How much Tito was respected in the world, testify many recordings from his visits to countries across the globe. However, one of the anecdotes that speak a lot about this respect was created by the administration in the White House, during his visit in 1971.

 

In the White House, smoking was strictly forbidden, and no one thought of lighting a cigarette there. Also, at that time, the intolerance of the regime in Washington towards Cuba’s Fidel Castro was at its height.

 

Knowing all this, Tito, during the meeting with Nixon, in front of journalists and photo reporters took out a cigar and started smoking. And it wasn’t just any cigar. It was Cuban, given to him personally by Fidel.

 

Mr. President, we do not smoke here in the White House,” said astonished Nixon. Tito looked at him, continued to smoke, laughed and said: “Good for you!” They finished the meeting without Nixon mentioning this ban again.

 

Tito and Nixon

 

Not sure if the story checks out but Tito was not an arrogant leader. Life was good and we miss him. From 1943 to his death in 1980, he held the rank of Marshal of Yugoslavia, serving as the supreme commander of the Yugoslav military, the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA).

 

With a highly favorable reputation abroad in both Cold War blocs, he received some 98 foreign decorations, including the Legion of Honor and the Order of the Bath. When he passed away, our country started falling apart and a decade later we fled the war zone.

 

Forgive me for going on about Tito when you’re here for this marinated grilled fish recipe. But food is an incredible stimulus. Although I’ve never had any Cuban food before (however, I did buy Cuban cigars as a gift), this dish unexpectedly triggered memories of care-free young life in my homeland. And just like this dish, the life there was colorful and delightful.

 

I recommend serving this grilled salmon with fresh mixed salad greens and tomatoes for a light lunch or supper. It pairs great with djuvec rice from my homeland. It’s a delicious and healthy way to honor Tito. It beats smoking a cigar.

 

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Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon Recipe

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Delicious recipe for marinated salmon grilled to perfection, Cuban-style.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 pound salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing

 

~ Free Tip ~

You can also cut the salmon into portions prior to grilling.

 

 

ESSENTIALS

for Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon


 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon or lime juice, salt, garlic, shallots, cumin, cayenne, and cilantro. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Let marinate 15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat a grill, burner griddle, or cast iron grill pan to medium-high.
  3. Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Grill the salmon until marked on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Turn and continue grilling until marked on the other side and cooked through, 3 to 4 more minutes.
  4. Divide the salmon among plates. Drizzle with more lemon juice if desired and serve with salad greens and rice.

 

Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon Recipe

Cuban salmon fresh from the grill

5 from 4 votes
Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon Recipe
Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Marinating Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Cuban-style marinated grilled salmon is gluten-free, keto and paleo friendly, and delicious. Best of all, it is easy and quick to make. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pound salmon fillet skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • Vegetable oil for brushing
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon or lime juice, salt, garlic, shallots, cumin, cayenne, and cilantro. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Let marinate 15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat a grill, burner griddle, or cast iron grill pan to medium-high.
  3. Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Grill the salmon until marked on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Turn and continue grilling until marked on the other side and cooked through, 3 to 4 more minutes.
  4. Divide the salmon among plates. Drizzle with more lemon juice if desired and serve with salad greens and rice.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

You can also cut the salmon into portions prior to grilling.

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  1. Reply
    Amber Ferguson
    April 19, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Oh how I love some good grilled salmon! Thanks for linking up to Thursday Favorite Things last week. I am featuring this post today! I hope you will join us again this week!
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/clean-eating-recipes-at-thursday-favorite-things/

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      Jas
      April 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Thank you much, Amber! Such a pleasant surprise 😀

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    Beverly
    April 18, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Jas,
    We love salmon and I am always looking for new ways to serve it. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Stop y Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured.
    Hugs,
    ev
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      Jas
      April 20, 2018 at 10:19 am

      What a nice surprise, Bev! Thank you so much. XO

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    Simone Emery
    April 18, 2018 at 6:53 am

    This looks so good!
    I will definitely be giving it a try.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 18, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Thank you, Simone! I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  4. Reply
    Libby @ Beauty Without Within
    April 16, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    We love salmon and include it at least 3 times a week, so this marinate will give us a new option for flavoring. Thank you.
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      Jas
      April 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      Salmon is our favorite fish too! You might like this recipe for crusted salmon with a smoky flavor. Seriously delicious! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in, Libby! x

  5. Reply
    Jenny
    April 16, 2018 at 7:19 am

    This looks delicious & perfect for summertime to grill. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      April 16, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Thanks, Jenny! I couldn’t wait for summer to arrive (heck it’s still snowing mid-April) so I used my griddle. It worked out great 🙂

  6. Reply
    The Sane Mum
    April 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Oh wow, that looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe! ❤️

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      Jas
      April 16, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Happy you like it! 😀

  7. Reply
    Vanessa
    April 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious!! I love the colour the marinade gives the fish too.

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      Jas
      April 16, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Thank you, Vanessa! 😀

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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    April 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

    That salmon is beautiful!! I love the little shells you used for the salt and pepper. Did you buy or find those? And Thanks for sharing this great recipe at the What’s for Dinner party! Hope your week is Amazing!
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      Jas
      April 16, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thanks, Helen! I actually made those shells with air-dry clay. I have several little trays, some I’ve painted. An inexpensive and unique way to add to my props. Have a super week!

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    Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
    April 15, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for the history lesson! The salmon looks great too, that’s the one seafood my kids will always eat, but I always do it one way. I might try this to change it up! Love the lime 🙂
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      Jas
      April 16, 2018 at 9:25 am

      I mostly make it the easiest and fastest way (with garlic and lemon) but whenever I have time I like to try a different recipe. 🙂

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    Miz Helen
    April 14, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Jas,
    Your Cuban Marinated Grilled Salmon looks delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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      Jas
      April 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      I am, Miz Helen! Thank you and have a great weekend also. 🙂

  11. Reply
    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    April 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    What a vibrant dish. I adore salmon and the combination of herbs and spices in here sounds amazing. #FiestaFriday x
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      Jas
      April 14, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you much, Kate!

  12. Reply
    Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook
    April 13, 2018 at 8:57 am

    This dish looks so fancy and delicious! I am glad your brought another yummy dish at this week’s Fiesta Friday, Jas! Thanks for sharing!
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      Jas
      April 14, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks, Jhuls! Nothing fancy about this one, so simple but full of flavors 🙂 Blessings

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    Chas
    April 12, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Wow, looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

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      Jas
      April 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Chas!

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    Dennis
    April 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve never had Cuban salmon before, but if it’s as good as Cuban cigars then I know I have to try making this. I’ll definitely have to save this recipe to my HP enterprise cloud. I love that it’s so quick to make! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jas
      April 14, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks, Dennis! I’ve never smoked Cuban (or any other) cigars but they’re pretty popular, so I would say this salmon recipe is right up there 🙂

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    Love from Munchkintime.com
    April 10, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Jas, I am in love with your food photography!!! This salmon recipe is making me drool all over my laptop, I am a huge salmon fan and planning to make this recipe soon, but for now I will pin it to my Dinner Board!=)
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      Jas
      April 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Hi, Love! Thank you so much for your kind comment, pinning, and the rating! I’m so happy that you like it 😀

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