Fandom Foodie: Mario and Luigi's BBQ'd Maple Cheep-Cheep (Salmon) / by Alex Boake

"Well, I'm going to be here for a while, so I might as well stare at the fish. They are oddly hypnotic." -Toad, Super Mario 64

It's-a me, I'mma here with-a dish that is easy and full-a fish! Okay, I have to admit, this recipe is another act of revenge. Does anyone actually like water levels in any video games? Especially ones full of devillish fish that constantly make attempts on your life as you desparately try not to drown. Anyone? No, I didn't think so.

"Mario! We've-a lost-a so much weight since we-a stopped eating pasta!"  -Luigi

In any case, Mario and Luigi are pretty busy guys. They don't have time for complicated dishes, what with having to dash off and save Princess Peach all the time. While you're on your way through World 3, you might as well snag a Cheep-Cheep or two for dinner, and let them marinate while you hop through World 4. Supper will be on the table before you know it!

See, it's so easy, you don't even need a Princess Peach to cook dinner for you. Simple, effortless and tasty. There's no reason not to try it out!

Mario and Luigi's BBQ'd Maple Cheep-Cheep (Salmon)

Serves 6

Difficulty Level Easy Mode


  • 1 Kg Atlantic Salmon Fillet, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Tamari Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Lemon, cut into 6 wedges to serve


Take a 8 x 8 glass baking pan, and place the 6 slices of Salmon in it. Pour in the Tamari Sauce and the Maple Syrup. Allow the Salmon to marinate for at least an hour, or up to 4 hours. If you're planning to marinate the Salmon for an extended period of time, place the dish in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before you fire up the BBQ.

Heat up the grill to high. Place the Salmon fillets on the grill, tucking any thin sections underneath so that the slices are of even thickness. Discard the extra marinating liquid.

Close the lid, and grill for 4 minutes on the first side.  After 4 minutes, use a thin metal spatula, quickly slide it underneath to separate the fish from the grill, and then flip each fillet over to the other side. It might take a bit of practice to not lose any of the fish while flipping.

Close the lid again, and cook for another 4 minutes. With this temperature and timing, the fish will still be slightly rare on the inside. You don't want to overcook Salmon!

Plate the fish, and serve with a wedge of Lemon. Let each guest squeeze their Lemon over the fish, and bask in the contrast of the citrus with the sweet of the maple syrup. Enjoy!