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A piquant salsa pairs nicely with a meaty swordfish steak

Swordfish steaks are a favourite on the grill. Their dense, meaty flesh keeps the steaks from falling apart. When developing our recipe, our first step was to choose thicker steaks, since thinner steaks overcooked easily. Since they can stay on the grill longer, the thicker steaks also pick up more smoky flavour.

Use the cooler side of the grill for this cool chicken dish

All of the elements of this brightly flavoured dish come together quickly on the grill. Cooking the chicken on the cooler side of the grill avoids flare-ups while still giving it great flavour and char. To round out our grilled succotash we use convenient canned butter beans, which are super-quick to prepare and have a creamy consistency and pleasant mild flavour.

Shrimp go wild with jalapenos, garlic, cumin and cayenne

Jolts of grill flavour and spicy heat can enhance the delicately sweet and briny flavour of shrimp, but it’s easy to overdo it. Most recipes overcook the shrimp and finish them in a bath of mouth-numbing sauce; we wanted juicy shrimp with a smoky crust and chili flavour that was more than just superficial.