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Grilled King Salmon with Asparagus, Morels, and Leeks

Serves 6

Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Steelhead Diner sits above Seattle's Pike Place Market, and chef Kevin Davis came up with this splurge-worthy combo when local salmon, asparagus, and morels all showed up downstairs.

su – Grilled King Salmon with Asparagus, Morels, and Leeks

Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson


 1 pound slender asparagus, trimmed and cut in half on a diagonal
 1 large leek (white part only), thinly sliced and rinsed well to remove dirt
 3 tablespoons butter
 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
 1/2 pound fresh morel mushrooms, rinsed well and halved lengthwise, or 3/4 oz. dried morels*
 1/4 cup fino sherry or dry white wine
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 1 king or coho salmon fillet (1 1/2 lbs., 1 in. thick), with skin
 1 cup whipping cream
Step 1

Boil asparagus until barely tender-crisp, 2 minutes; drain and rinse asparagus in cold water.

Step 2

Heat grill to medium-high (about 450°).

Step 3

Cook leek in butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until soft, 5 minutes. Add thyme, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and the morels; cook, stirring occasionally, until morels are tender, 5 minutes. Stir in sherry and reduce by half, 30 to 45 seconds. Set vegetables aside.

Step 4

Fold a 12- by 17-in. sheet of heavy-duty foil in half crosswise. With a knife tip, poke dime-size holes through foil about 2 in. apart. Oil one side of foil. Rub fish on both sides with oil and put skin side down on foil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper.

Step 5

Set salmon on foil on cooking grate; grill, covered, until fish is barely cooked through, about 10 minutes. With 2 wide spatulas, slide fish from skin to a warm baking sheet; tent with foil. If you want crisp skin, continue to cook skin on foil until crisp, 1 to 3 minutes more. Remove foil from grill, then gently peel off skin, using fingers or a wide spatula (skin may break into pieces). Set salmon skin, if using, on a platter.

Step 6

Add cream and asparagus to mushrooms and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring; boil longer to thicken sauce if you like. With 2 spatulas, set fish on skin. Spoon half the vegetable sauce over salmon and serve the rest on the side. Serve immediately.

Step 7

*Soak dried morels in hot water until softened, 8 minutes. Squeeze out water; cut in half.

Step 8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 448Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g54%

Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 132mg44%
Sodium 366mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 8.7g3%

Dietary Fiber 2.7g11%
Protein 25g50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.