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Salmon is a great fish to cook on the grill, and stuffing it is the perfect way to cook up something a little different—and delicious—for dinner. This salmon is filled with a stuffing of black olives and fresh dill, parsley, and basil, along with a bit of Parmesan cheese and lemon juice and zest for added zing. Simple to put together and somewhat quick to cook, this salmon is the ideal dish to serve at your next dinner party on the deck.
It is important to make sure that your cooking grates are well oiled before placing the fish on the grill, and that you grill the salmon indirectly. This means that you don't place the salmon directly over the flame but instead heat one side of the grill and place the salmon on the other.
To make the filling, zest and juice both lemons into a medium-size bowl. Add the remaining filling ingredients and combine.
Place salmon fillets on a large cutting board or foil-lined baking sheet. Divide the filling mixture evenly and place in the center of each of the 4 pieces of salmon. Fold the corners of the salmon fillets toward the center, making a pocket around the stuffing, and secure with toothpicks. Season the outside of fish with salt and black pepper.
Preheat grill to medium-hot and prepare for indirect grilling. Oil the side of grill well that you will be placing the salmon.
Place stuffed salmon fillets on well-oiled grill. Close the lid and grill until salmon has cooked through, about 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 to 150 F. The salmon should be opaque and the stuffing should appear browned and the cheese completely melted. Remove toothpicks before serving.
Tips and Variations
Alternatively, you can place these stuffed salmon fillets on a cedar plank and then cook on the grill. The cedar will add a subtle smokiness to the fish but won't overwhelm the flavors of the stuffing. First, soak the plank in water for 20 minutes to an hour. Then place the stuffed salmon on the wood and put on the heated grill. With this method, you want to place the plank directly over the fire and grill for about 20 minutes, or until the salmon has cooked through.
In addition to (or in place of) the olives, you can add some capers to the stuffing. Also, feel free to swap out an herb or two if you prefer; tarragon would be a good replacement.