Grilled Salmon with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Happy Monday to everyone. We hope you've had a wonderful, relaxing weekend and are enjoying all the warm weather that this spring has blessed us with. We would also like to wish you a Happy Easter. If you do not celebrate Easter then happy spring! In Charlotte, NC we've been soaking up all this great patio weather before the mosquitoes get too bad. With great patio weather comes great grilling weather. Recently I've been on a smoke flavor kick. I find one of the best ways to really get a good smokey flavor is to use some cedar chips. You soak them for about 15-30 minutes while your brickets are heating up then dump 'em on the hot coals. Grill your salmon using a indirect grilling technique until it reaches your desired done-ness. The result is a really smokey grill that just plums into the salmon giving it a wonderful flavor. I get much better flavor with the chips than a plank. The other great part of using a indirect grill method it that you can cook a fish or meat for a really long time giving yourself more time to enjoy a great wine or ale outside. Now if we could only do something about that yellow cloud of pollen looming around. Oh yeah, the sauce—bottom line, is that it's great and could work on a variety of meats, not just salmon. As for the brush-on marinade, we did not think it added too much flavor but the cedar smoke could have overpowered it. Original recipe from


  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 lb fresh salmon fillets


  1. Combine all ingredients for sauce in a small bowl. Mix well and refrigerate until the fish is ready.
  2. Whisk 3 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp horseradish, 1 tbsp soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush over both sides of salmon fillets.


Unknown said...

ohhhhh I love that salmon recipe. I am definitely going to try it!!! Thanks for sharing

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

sigh... it is killing me... no grill for a year for me

I love Salmon on the grill

so easy, but so very very good

Joanne said...

I would settle for an outdoor grill, never mind a smoker! I'm loving that looks so savory and delicious. But the horseradish sauce? You have got me in heaven.

Gloria Baker said...

I love grilled salmon and this look awesome!! really! gloria

Chef E said...

You had me at horseradish! Salmon is just the icing on the cake!

Kathleen said...

I love a smokey salmon! I'm getting a new bbq and I can't wait to make this salmon! Happy belated bday to Michael. The cake you made looks wonderful!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Happy Easter to you both! Salmon and horseradish should get married, they go so well together.

grace said...

boy, do i ever hear ya regarding that vile pollen! what a spoilsport. :)
i'll definitely be looking forward to seeing everything ya'll cook up on that grill of yours. i'm prepared to salivate.

3 hungry tummies said...

We had salmon for dinner too! :) Love horseradish with it!

Barbara said...

I've got salmon on the menu tonight. Love the sauce recipe! Apartment living ends my grilling days, but I look forward to all your recipes...after all, I have family and friends who do the grilling!

Ivy said...

I love your salmon marinade and your sauce sounds delicious as well.

Juliana said...

Wow, I love the way that you have the horseradish sauce, with basil and soy sauce...sounds and looks yummie with salmon...great combination :-)

Mimi Cooks said...

Nice recipe!
thank you so much for visiting my blog and checking it out, i really appreciate it. i am sorry for not getting back to you on your comment apologies!
thanks again and happy cooking!

Unknown said...

i have only recently started to enjoy horseradish, so this is certainly catching my eye! oh how i love grown up taste buds :)

Trissa said...

I bought a smoking box ages ago and never used it! Thanks for this recipe - it's definitely going to provide me inspiration to finally use it!

tasteofbeirut said...

I adore horesradish and would often eat it straight from the jar with some bread~ Great I can use it with salmon now~

Nancy said...

I love this horseradish sauce! I'm always looking for ways to spice up my usual broiled salmon fillet, and will definitely give this a try.

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