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Easy Grilled Salmon Kebabs With Homemade Chimichurri Sauce

These Easy Grilled Salmon Kebabs With Homemade Chimichurri Sauce are garlicky, tasty, and perfect for summer grilling.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

Kebabs.

  • 1.5 lb skinless salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 TBSP cumin
  • 1/2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/2 TBSP coriander
  • 1 red onion, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
  • 2 sweet bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange), cut into bite-sized chunks

Chimichurri.

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Kebabs.

  • Place the cubed salmon in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the salmon and sprinkle the cumin, chili powder, and coriander on top. Gently toss to coat. I actually prefer to use my bare hands to carefully toss and massage the oil and spices into he salmon. When done, cover the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour. During this time, you can make your chimichurri. (See below.)
    (Note: if you want to marinate the vegetables as well, double up on olive oil and spices and add them to the bowl to marinade. This is optional.)
  • When the hour is up, remove the salmon from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. (Bringing your fish to room temp helps with an even cook.)
    In the meantime, cut and prep your vegetables.
  • Line the skewers with salmon, zucchini, peppers, and onions. When it comes to the onions, pierce no more than one or two (if they're thin) at a time to avoid a mouthful of raw onion.
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Brush it well and make sure you're working with a very clean surface. (Gunk and debris will create an uneven surface and cause your fillets to stick and tear.) Next, lube up the grill rack with a paper towel dipped in canola oil. Working in strokes, repeat this five times, once every 15 seconds or so. This will create a nice and slick surface.
  • Place the kebobs on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until the salmon is opaque with an internal temperature of 145° F throughout and vegetables are tender. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • When they're done, remove the kebobs and serve with chimichurri.

Chimichurri.

  • Place the ingredients from the parsley through to the chili flakes into a blender or food processor. Pulse and blend until the mixture is smooth, but not puréed. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and pour the olive oil over it. Let the mixture stand for about 15-20 minutes.
    You can make this recipe ahead of time and refrigerate it over night. If you do, just bring it to room temperature before serving.

Notes

The chimichurri recipe is from Food & Wine.