Texas Roadhouse Salmon Recipe

Texas Roadhouse salmon has got to be one of their most requested dishes, even though they’re essentially known for their top-notch steaks.

This Roadhouse salmon recipe is definitely the superior way to prepare your salmon, and we’re sure you’ll be motivated to try this method on other fish dishes, as well.

This grilled salmon is perfectly crispy on the outside, yet tender and juicy on the inside. The seasoning mixture will also give you the most aromatic, flavorful result.

Also, this salmon grilling method is foolproof when it comes to preventing the fish from sticking to the grill!

How to make Texas Roadhouse salmon

Texas Roadhouse is essentially a steak house, so it is safe to say that they know their way around the grill.

If you’ve ever been skeptical about ordering a salmon dish at a Texas steak place, we’re quite sure this Texas Roadhouse salmon recipe will change your mind.

In addition to the perfectly grilled, crispy-skin salmon, we’ll also share a copycat Roadhouse tartar sauce recipe, that perfectly complements the aromatic salmon.

Ingredients:

(6 servings)

For the salmon:

  • 6 salmon fillets (each should be about 5 oz)
  • 3/4 butter (melted)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 fresh basil (minced)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 tsp curry powder
  • 1/3 Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp pepper

For the tartar sauce:

  • 3/4 mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp green onion (chopped)
  • 3/4 tsp dried dill

Instructions:

Step 1:

Grab a mixing bowl and combine all the ingredients necessary for the salmon marinade, including butter, lemon juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, as well as all the seasonings and herbs listed.

Step 2:

Transfer the marinade to an airtight container and add the salmon pieces, making sure they’re all coated evenly.

The salmon should sit in this marinade in your fridge for at least 30 minutes, but it is necessary to flip the pieces a couple of times during the marinating period.

This step will allow for all the salmon pieces to absorb the flavors and aromas, which is the key to a perfect Roadhouse grilled salmon.

Step 3:

While the salmon is marinating and absorbing all the delicious juices, you can prepare your homemade Texas Roadhouse tartar sauce by simply combining all the listed ingredients in a small bowl.

Once you have a perfect consistency of the tartar sauce, seal the bowl and let the sauce chill in the fridge until it’s time to serve the salmon.

Step 4:

Once the salmon is ready for the grill, you want to take it out of the fridge and drain the excess marinade, as you don’t want the fish to burn.

Add some cooking oil onto a paper towel and lightly go over the grill rack, making sure to use thongs for your safety.

Before placing the salmon fillets onto the grill, make sure it has reached the recommended temperature, which is around 450°F.

If the grill isn’t hot enough, this is one of the reasons why your fish keeps sticking to the grill rack.

Once the grill is ready, place the salmon onto the rack skin-side down, which is the key to getting that crispy salmon skin, but also preventing the fish from sticking to the grill.

Step 5:

Cover the grill and set it to moderate heat to prevent the fish from burning.

Grill the salmon for about 8-10 minutes, or until you’re satisfied with the texture. The skin should be golden and crispy, while the inside of the fillets should be very tender and soft.

Take the tartar sauce out of the fridge, then plate the salmon and drizzle the sauce on top, or simply serve it as a dipping sauce on the side.

Ingredient substitutions

The Texas Roadhouse salmon marinade is a perfect choice for any type of grilled fish dish, whether you’re working with fillets or whole fish.

The same goes for the tartar sauce, which is a well-known versatile addition to all fish and seafood dishes, as well as meat-based recipes such as sirloin steak, grilled chicken, or any pork dish.

However, can some of the key components be replaced without drastically altering the outcome of this recipe? Let’s find out.

1. Olive oil

Most Mediterranean fish recipes will list olive oil instead of butter, especially when it comes to marinades.

Olive oil is a perfect choice when it comes to marinating your salmon, as it is very aromatic (if you use the extra virgin, high-quality oil), and it complements fish perfectly.

It is also recommended to replace butter with olive oil if you’re lactose intolerant, or if you’d like a more neutral, bright binder as opposed to the rich, milky butter.

2. Garlic powder

When it comes to seasoning your fish, you can always skip the overpowering, dominant fresh garlic and go with the more subtle, yet still packed-with-flavor powdered variant.

Garlic powder is one of the top choices when it comes to fish seasonings, as it is easy to use, easy to dose, and extremely fragrant without taking over the entire dish.

3. Red Boat fish sauce

What could be the most appropriate replacement for soy sauce in a grilled salmon recipe? We’d say it doesn’t get better than Red Boat fish sauce, which is a perfect mixture of sea salt and black anchovy.

Red Boat fish sauce is very savory, tangy, umami, and slightly acidic. The name itself implies that it is a perfect addition to your fish dish, and it also adds a deep brown hue to the fish.

This sauce can also be a replacement for Worcestershire sauce, you’ll just have to adjust the amounts accordingly if you’re adding it in place of both soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

4. Mustard paste

If you find that ground mustard is a bit too dominant for your taste, you can always substitute it for regular mustard paste, as it is far more subtle.

However, keep in mind that mustard paste will change the color of the sauce if that’s something that you care about.

Also, it is important to mention that a tablespoon of mustard paste replaces a teaspoon of ground mustard, to get a similar intensity.

What to serve with Texas Roadhouse salmon

As flavorful and aromatic as Texas Roadhouse salmon is, it is still more on the neutral side which allows you to experiment with different options of side dishes.

Here are some of our best recommendations when it comes to side dishes that complement this delicious grilled salmon, while also taking the slightly pungent, creamy tartar sauce into consideration.

Seasoned rice

Seasoned rice is the dish to go with if you want the salmon to keep the spotlight with all its textures and flavors.

It is easy to overshadow a certain dish with a side dish that has a lot of layered, complex flavors, so in this case, we recommend serving a side of seasoned rice to complete your salmon plate.

You can season your rice with any seasonings you typically use for rice sides, including salt, pepper, curry powder, and chili flakes.

Sautéed mushrooms

You can hardly ever go wrong with a side of sautéed mushrooms, prepared with a little bit of butter, minced garlic, and finely chopped onion.

If you’d like this side dish to be even simpler, you can just sautee the mushrooms on their own, with the addition of your preferred vegetable oil.

Season the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and a little bit of pepper, serve next to the grilled salmon, then top with some tartar sauce.

Grilled shrimp

If you feel like you need another source of protein to make your Roadhouse salmon dish complete, we’d suggest pairing the fish with some grilled shrimp.

Once you’ve prepared the marinade, add the shrimp into the same bowl with the salmon and let them marinate together.

Toss the shrimps on the heated grill mid-way through the salmon cooking process, and grill them until they’re developed a golden brown layer all over.

How to reheat Texas Roadhouse salmon

When reheating fish, especially salmon, you want to make sure you aren’t using high temperatures, as this will release all the juices and flavors and leave your fish dull and dry.

How to reheat Texas Roadhouse salmon in the oven

Preheat your oven at 275°F for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, place the salmon skin-side up on a baking tray lined with some parchment paper.

Cover the baking tray with some aluminum foil, which will allow for the fish to get warmed up on the inside, as well.

Bake for about 10 minutes, then remove the foil and let the outside layer get crispy for approximately 5 minutes before you remove the salmon from the oven.

How to reheat Texas Roadhouse salmon on the stovetop

Grab a nonstick pan and put it over medium-low heat. Add some olive oil and let it heat up before you add the fish, skin-side down.

Place the fish onto the pan, and let the skin get crispy for about 4-5 minutes. Then lower the heat, add a bit of water, and cover the pan with a lid to allow the inside portion of the salmon to warm up thoroughly.

How to store Texas Roadhouse salmon

Once your grilled salmon has cooled down completely, make sure to store it immediately and avoid leaving it at room temperature for too long.

Store in the fridge

Place the leftover salmon in an airtight container and make sure to properly seal it with a lid. Keep the salmon in the fridge for no longer than 3-4 days.

As for the tartar sauce, you should also store it in an airtight container and use it up within 3-4 days.

Store in the freezer

To freeze your salmon, place it in an airtight container, or a freezer bag with a ziplock which will ensure that it is properly sealed.

You should use up your grilled salmon within 2-3 months.

texas roadhouse salmon recipe

Texas Roadhouse Salmon Recipe

This is one of those copycat recipes that never fail - regardless of how much experience you have preparing salmon. Texas Roadhouse grilled salmon is nothing short of a staple recipe, and now you can make it on your own grill in under 40 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 597 kcal
Equipment
  • grill
  • thongs
  • airtight container(s)
  • Knife
  • mixing bowls
Ingredients
  
For the salmon:
  • 5 oz salmon fillet x6
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil minced
  • 3 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 tsp curry powder
  • 1/3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
For the tartar sauce:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp green onion chopped
  • 3/4 tsp dried dill
Instructions
 
  • Grab a mixing bowl and combine all the ingredients necessary for the salmon marinade, including butter, lemon juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, as well as all the seasonings and herbs listed.
  • Transfer the marinade to an airtight container and add the salmon pieces, making sure they're all coated evenly.
    The salmon should sit in this marinade in your fridge for at least 30 minutes, but it is necessary to flip the pieces a couple of times during the marinating period.
    This step will allow for all the salmon pieces to absorb the flavors and aromas, which is the key to a perfect Roadhouse grilled salmon.
  • While the salmon is marinating and absorbing all the delicious juices, you can prepare your homemade Texas Roadhouse tartar sauce by simply combining all the listed ingredients in a small bowl.
    Once you have a perfect consistency of the tartar sauce, seal the bowl and let the sauce chill in the fridge until it's time to serve the salmon.
  • Once the salmon is ready for the grill, you want to take it out of the fridge and drain the excess marinade, as you don't want the fish to burn.
    Add some cooking oil onto a paper towel and lightly go over the grill rack, making sure to use thongs for your safety.
    Before placing the salmon fillets onto the grill, make sure it has reached the recommended temperature, which is around 450°F.
    If the grill isn't hot enough, this is one of the reasons why your fish keeps sticking to the grill rack.
    Once the grill is ready, place the salmon onto the rack skin-side down, which is the key to getting that crispy salmon skin, but also preventing the fish from sticking to the grill.
  • Cover the grill and set it to moderate heat to prevent the fish from burning.
    Grill the salmon for about 8-10 minutes, or until you're satisfied with the texture. The skin should be golden and crispy, while the inside of the fillets should be very tender and soft.
    Take the tartar sauce out of the fridge, then plate the salmon and drizzle the sauce on top, or simply serve it as a dipping sauce on the side.
Nutrition
Calories: 597kcalProtein: 36.7gFat: 44.5gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 1370mg
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