Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Molasses-Lime Glaze

This salmon deliveres an excellent source of brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids
Grilled salmon with molasses sauce

Nutritionally dense and packed with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon holds a strong reputation as “brain food”. This recipe from Marwan Sabbagh, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, delivers on both nutrition and flavor.

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1 cup dark molasses (not blackstrap)
¼ cup Dijon mustard
Juice of 4 limes
8 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided in half)
4 teaspoons peeled, minced fresh ginger
4 (6-ounce) skinless wild salmon fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Build a medium fire on one side of a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill on medium heat.
  2. While the grill heats, in a small bowl, whisk the molasses, mustard, lime juice, 4 teaspoons olive oil and ginger until well combined.
  3. Lightly brush both sides of the salmon fillets with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Lay the fillets over the fire and cook until grill marks form, about 2 minutes.
  5. Flip the fillets and move them to the cooler side of the grill (if using a gas grill).
  6. Generously brush the surface of each fillet with the glaze, cover the grill and cook until the glaze caramelizes, about 2 minutes.
  7. Transfer the fillets to a platter or four serving plates and serve right away.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

Makes 4 servings.  

Calories: 580
Total fat: 20g
Saturated fat: 3.5g
Trans fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 75mg
Sodium: 540mg
Total Carbohydrate: 63g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 60g
Protein: 37g

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Source: The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Boost Brain Health (© 2012 Ten Speed Press)

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