Bourbon molasses salmon – simple with a little panache

Servings: 4 serving(s)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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Bourbon molasses salmon is an easy recipe that suits other types of fish too. 


Much of what I love about summer has to do with simplicity. No school lunches to pack, no socks, fewer washes and less clutter by the back door. My kids would be happy to live in their swim suits (even though they don’t go swimming every day) and “bedtime” is a very fluid term.

I still like to eat well though I just don’t want to spend too much time inside.

That’s where the marinade for this bourbon molasses salmon comes in handy. The marinade takes about five minutes to pull together and then you can let it sit while you do something else. If you only have 30 minutes to let it marinate that’s okay.

Fish cooks quickly (whether prepared on the BBQ or in the oven) and pairs well with raw veggies and cold grain salads. (Try it with marinated tomatoes!)

I still don’t have the hang of grilling, especially fish. (Those lovely grill marks on the salmon in the photo are courtesy of my friend Nancy and her big green egg.) But I keep trying and have discovered that even BBQ messes are tasty.

Any BBQ tips? I could use a little help…

Bourbon molasses salmon recipe

  • 1 lb fillet of salmon, skin on
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Whisk together marinade ingredients in a dish. Pour into a Ziploc bag along with salmon and let marinate up to three hours (refrigerated). (Can also marinate in a dish.)
  2. Cook on a 450 F barbecue, starting on the skin side. (Four to five minutes on each side should give you a moist salmon) This can also be cooked in a 450 F oven, if you’re BBQ-challenged like I am.

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2 thoughts on “Bourbon molasses salmon – simple with a little panache

  1. Chic says:

    wow love this recipe

    1. Bridget says:

      Me too:)

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