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Backpacker Magazine – March 2011

Gourmet Recipe: Grilled King Salmon with Porcini Mushrooms

Take your fire-side fish skills to the next level with this savory salmon recipe.

by: Victor Casanova

Grilled salmon wth porcini mushrooms. (Justin Bailie)
Grilled salmon wth porcini mushrooms. (Justin Bailie)

Price $22 per serving
Weight 1 lb. 13 oz.
 per serving
Serves 2

Calories 961**
Fat 64 g
Carbs 34 g
Protein 40 g

Prep time
7 min

Cook time
20 min


2 6-ounce portions of king salmon (either in vacuum-sealed pouches, or fresh and frozen pretrip)
1 ounce dehydrated porcini mushrooms (or 8 ounces fresh)
½ cup balsamic vinegar*
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 ounces arugula
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon)
8 slices of Wasa flatbread
Lightweight grill (such as Open Country’s Explorer Grid; $11, 14 oz.,

At Home
Pour lemon juice into a spillproof container. In a separate spillproof container, stir in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Put extra salt/pepper in a zip-top bag. Pack the arugula lightly in another zip-top, leaving some air; stow in the top of your pack so it doesn’t get squashed.    
In Camp
Place your grill over the fire. Rehydrate mushrooms (soak in hot water about 15 minutes, but follow package instructions) and cut in quarters. Season mushrooms and salmon with salt and pepper and set on grill. Cook mushrooms until tender (about one minute on each side). Place them in a bowl with the arugula, add lemon juice, and toss. Cook salmon about four minutes on each side. Divide the arugula mixture between two plates. Place grilled salmon atop each portion. Shake up container with vinaigrette to remix it, then drizzle it around the perimeter of plates. Serve with flatbread.

* Casanova suggests Davero True Balsamic Vinegar ($25;

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