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Aren’t you glad it’s finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is? BBQ season!   Make a jar of Hot Green Pepper Salsa Marinade and make a jar of BBQ seasoning rub and with both prepped in advance—you’ll have mini last-minute prep for maxi results.Hot Green Pepper Salsa Marinade on Skirt Steak, Trout or Salmon

Hot Pepper Salsa Marinade 

  • 6-7 long hot green peppers, tops removed, seeded and minced
  • 3/4 c parsley leaves, finely chopped (or dill, coriander, or a mixture)
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced (or 5 roasted elephant garlic cloves, chopped)
  • 1 t sea salt or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • olive oil to cover the salsa marinade

Food processor method: Mince garlic, then add the parsley. Next process the peppers. Add all the ingredients except for the olive oil. Transfer the salsa to an 8-10 ounce squeaky-clean jar, then add olive oil until it covers the freshly minced ingredients.

Chopping by hand: You may want to wear gloves. Layer ingredients into jar and add oil. Mix with a small spoon.

Cover the top in parchment before closing the lid. When you’re ready to use the salsa, lift it out from below the olive oil and to the extent possible, avoid removing the oil. Using a fork and tilting the jar will help.

Ted Reader’s BBQ Seasoning

  • 1/2 c paprika
  • 1/4 c chili powder
  • 3 T sea salt
  • 2 T ground coriander
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 2 T granulated white sugar
  • 2 T mild Indian curry powder
  • 2 T dry hot mustard powder (Keen’s or Coleman’s)
  • 1 T freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 T cayenne

Mix all ingredients and store in a cool dry place. Makes about 2 1/4 cups.

Hot Green Pepper Salsa Marinade on Skirt Steak, Trout or Salmon Marinated BBQ Skirt Steak

Heat the BBQ on high for 15 minutes. Turn the temperature down to medium-high. Cook in a covered BBQ for 15 minutes, turning once. Check and remove the thinner part of the skirt steak if cooked to medium-rare. Continue cooking the thicker part until it’s done. Do not cook the steak past medium-rare, or you may as well serve rubber bands, says Kevin from Living Pastures. Allow meat to rest on a platter, covered, for 10 minutes, then slice thinly against the grain, which changes direction, so pay attention. Serve with roasted potatoes and salad. Excellent cold as well. Serves 8-10. Hot Green Pepper Salsa Marinade on Skirt Steak, Trout or Salmon Marinated Salmon or Trout

Cook on the BBQ or in the oven. Roast at 400F for 10 minutes. Remove the thinner parts when done and cook the thicker parts longer, as required. Do not overcook. Flesh turns from bright, dark orange to pale salmon colour when cooked. Served with orzo coated in pesto and portobello mushrooms brushed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, sea salt and black pepper, then roasted for 30 minutes at 400F. Serves 8.

Hot Pepper Salsa Marinade on Skirt Steak, Salmon or Trout Print Ready Recipe

Hot Green Pepper Salsa Marinade on Skirt Steak, Trout or Salmon Final notes:

  • Thanks to my chef-sister, Julia Richardson, for guiding me through the Hot Pepper Salsa Marinade recipe. 
  • Thanks to my super-calm husband for excellent BBQing technique. They say opposites attract.
  • For those of you who are afraid of super-hot spicy foods, rest assured that the marinade imparts great flavour with just a hint of spicy heat.
  • Looking for a plethora of fresh chili salsa recipes?
  • Ted Reader’s BBQ seasoning rub was also featured in this JC post.