Whole Salmon with Basil Butter



Compound Butter:
1 bunch fresh basil leaves, divided
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature (or margarine)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large half of salmon, skin on, cleaned and dried
2 lemons, cut into wedges
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt


Begin by preheating a large outdoor grill. Wipe down the grill with olive oil to clean it and also create a nonstick surface or spray with pam spray for outdoor grills (standing away from the grill in case the spray causes the flames to rise out of the grill).

Prepare the compound butter by roughly chopping 1/2 the basil leaves and adding it along with the butter and salt and pepper, to taste, to a food processor. Pulse until fully combined and creamy.

Using a chef’s knife, make slits in each side of the fish, place a few slices of lemon and basil in each of the slits. Paint the whole fish with the basil butter and refrigerate the remaining butter to serve with the finished fish. Carefully place the fish on the grill and grill for 10 to 12 minutes until it lifts off easily – use 2 large spatulas. Turn the fish over and grill for 10 minutes more. This fish can be baked for 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Serve on a large platter family style and dot with the remaining basil butter. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh basil leaves. Serve with lemon wedges.

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