A couple of months ago we re-added to the Deneki Outdoors team a fairly legendary character. Bryan Burke (a.k.a. “Smoothy” for you long-time Alaska West faithful) guided for Alaska West back in the days before Ricky Martin was even Livin’ La Vida Loca. Bryan’s back, working in our Anchorage office and helping anglers plan epic fishing trips around the world.
Knowing that Bryan has captured a few salmon in his day, we asked him for his favorite salmon recipe, and he sent along…
South Of The Border Salmon
One fresh salmon fillet
1/2 cup olive oil
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups sour cream
1 cup your favorite salsa
2 cups sliced onions
I like to cook my fillets in what I call a “tin foil cooker”. Take two sheets of foil several inches longer than the fillet, and make two quarter inch folds on each edge – locking them together. Then, fold a one inch lip on all four sides and bend a triangle in the corners to make it into a pan. Insert fillet, skin side down.
Now for the spread – evenly coat the salmon fillet with olive oil and gently rub in the taco seasoning. Next, mix the sour cream and salsa together in a separate bowl and spread it over your rub. I like to add onions just for the moisture content and, well… I like onions.
The cover is a single sheet of foil, folded into the edges of the pan, sealing everything in. Place over hot coals or a barbecue grill. It’s done when the cover puffs out like a Jiffy popcorn pan.