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Grilled Whole Salmon with Red-Pepper Aioli

Philippe Houzé

Servings: ten.

Measure your grill before trying to cook a very large fish. I find that a 7-pounder is about the biggest that will fit on my Weber at home.


For the aioli:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, grilled, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salmon:

  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • One 7-lb. whole salmon, cleaned and boned
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil for brushing

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 800
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 510
  • Fat (g): 56
  • Saturated Fat (g): 8
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 12
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 34
  • Cholesterol (mg): 220
  • Sodium (mg): 470
  • Carbohydrates (g): 4
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 65


  • To make the aioli, whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl and very slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking all the while. When all the oil has been incorporated, add the lemon juice, garlic, and bell pepper; season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the grill, making sure it’s clean. The coals should be medium hot.
  • To prepare the fish, layer the onion, parsley, garlic, and lemon in the belly cavity of the salmon; season with salt and pepper. Wrap three or four pieces of kitchen twine around the fish, knotting each piece tightly and trimming any excess twine. Brush the outside of the fish with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Put the fish on the hot grill and cook over medium-hot coals until done, turning once, about 20 minutes. on each side. Serve hot or cold with the red-pepper aioli.


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