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How to Grill Salmon

How to Grill Salmon

Take the intimidation out of grilling fresh fish with our step-by-step video from one of our test kitchen chefs.See More: Grilled Salmon Recipes

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How to Grill Wild Salmon: Cooking Tips, Tricks and Easy Grilled Salmon Recipes

With warmer weather comes al fresco dining, and there's nothing more satisfying than grilling salmon in your own backyard. Need a quick primer on how to grill wild salmon? Here&rsquos how you do it.

First, consider that one of the reasons grilling food is such a unique and tasty experience is because natural charcoal provides a special smoky flavor that is hard to find elsewhere. Unfortunately, a gas grill does not provide the same experience, and mass produced charcoal briquets can leave the fish tasting like chemicals. You&rsquoll want to use all-natural hardwood charcoal grill.

Cooking Salmon on a Gas Grill

To grill a tasty salmon, you need to purchase firm, fresh fillets. In addition to being firm and crisp, ensure that the salmon is light pink in color and has smooth cuts to it.

Avoid buying fillets that have a fishy smell and steaks that indicate old cuts. To ensure that the fillets don’t stick to the grill when barbecuing, don’t forget to ask the fishmonger for skin-on fillets. Once you have made the purchase, sprinkle kosher salt on the salmon as an added protective layer doing this will ensure that the fillet does not stick or break apart while cooking.

Grilled Salmon Recipe – How to Grill Salmon for the Best Flavor!

Hey, folks! Thank y’all for stopping by. So, what have we got cooking there today? I got a recipe for y’all that will blow you out of the water. It is a grilled salmon with a butter brown sugar smokey glaze.

Buy the Fresh Salmon

Get the fresh salmon, never frozen.

When you go to buy salmon, try to buy that fresh, wild caught salmon, never frozen. You’re gonna be so much better off in the long run. And I do like to leave the skin on because it helps hold the fish together.

You also need to make sure to pat them dry before you season them- this will help the seasoning stick. Seasoning with s alt on both sides also will help keep the salmon from sticking on the grill. So, get some good coarse sea salt and put it on there pretty generously. If you can find some of that good smoked sea salt, that’s good too.

Season the salmon with some sea salt and coarse black pepper.

Then, coarse ground black pepper.

Now, while we let it sit there for about ten minutes, let me give you one really important tip.

Hot grill! Yeah. It’s gotta be hot, it’s gotta be cleaned and old, because, if you ever grilled fish, you know that if it ain’t, that thing will stick to it like Poligrip to dentures and you’ll never get it off!

Grill the Salmon on a Good and Hot Fire

Fry the salmon for 2-2.5 minutes, meat side first.

Put your salmon meat side down first to make them pretty little rascals. This is a pretty quick method, cause these ain’t as thick as what some of y’all might see. This is pretty thin, so I’m gonna shut that lid and leave it just for a minute.

When the salmon is about ¾ -inch thick grill it about 2 1/2 each side. If you ever begin to see the white fat bubble up and make spots of color in there, you’ve cooked that salmon too long. Make sure you don’t overcook it.

Get to basting the salmon with the glaze.

When you flip it you’ll want to give it some glaze on the tops.

Now, we gonna shut the lid for 30 seconds. Start the countdown!

Before you serve it, give it another good basting and enjoy this good fish!

Watch the full Grilled Salmon Recipe with more tips and a little bonus footage


My go-to seasonings for a dry rub are: garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. Boom, that&rsquos all. Simply lightly coat the flesh with olive oil, sprinkle on your seasonings, and you&rsquore ready to grill! You can totally use your favorite spices and dried herbs, or drizzle the fish with lemon juice when it comes off the grill. Store-bought seafood seasoning blends? Those totally work, too!

Salmon marinades? I rarely do them. Not because I don&rsquot like salmon that&rsquos been marinated, but because I enjoy my spice rub routine so thoroughly that I don&rsquot even think to plan out a marination session. If you want to try a marinade, I suggest for a stellar olive oil, liquid aminos (or soy sauce), fresh ginger, fresh garlic, sea salt, pure maple syrup or honey.

Recipe: Outdoor Grilled Wild King Salmon

King salmon, also called Chinook salmon, is the largest of the Pacific salmon. The fish have a flesh color that ranges from reddish-orange to pinkish-red to nearly white. Unlike some fruits and vegetables, however, the color of the fish doesn’t indicate different nutrients or varying levels of nutrients. All king salmon is rich in protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which can help safeguard your cardiovascular health.

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This recipe illustrates how easy it is to increase flavor in foods by increasing the surface area that is exposed to heat. When you grill small, lean and thin pieces of foods, they will cook quickly, which reduces the risk of burning and charring. This lowers the risk of carcinogens being produced during the grilling process.

Turn the indoor grill on to medium and let it heat up. Set the salmon on the hot grill, skin side down if it's a fillet with the skin still on. Let the salmon cook for 10 minutes per each inch of thickness, divided by two. So, let a 1-inch-thick salmon steak or fillet cook for five minutes. The timing doesn't have to be exact this is just a good rule of thumb.

Turn the salmon carefully with a pancake turner. Sprinkle the top with lemon juice, salt, pepper and seasonings and let it cook for another five minutes.

Tips for How to Perfectly Grill Salmon

There are a just a few basic, but absolutely necessary, steps for making the best grilled salmon.

  1. Don’t let your salmon get stuck: Use grill spray so the salmon doesn’t stick to the grate, OR pour oil on a folded paper towel, then use a long pair of tongs to rub the oil on the grates.
  2. Control the heat: You want the grill to be at Medium Heat, right around 350 degrees F.
  3. Portion control: Cut the salmon into portions before grilling for easier flipping.
  4. Char first, then flip: Quickly grill the top (flesh side) of the salmon first, to make those beautiful char marks while the grates are oiled. Then flip onto the skin and finish cooking.
  5. Let the grill take the skin off for you: Once the salmon is grilled, the skin peels right off. And in many cases, it will stick to the grill and separate as you lift the fillet off.

It should be noted that perfectly cooked salmon is just barely cooked through. The fish should be opaque but moist on the inside.

Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon

This grilled salmon recipe is extremely easy and incredibly quick&mdashthe whole thing comes together in just 25 minutes. Questions? Check out our FAQs below.

Can I grill skinless salmon?

You can, but it requires a little more finesse. Skin really helps keep the fish together while it cooks, and makes flipping so much easier. Cooking skinless filets may lead the fish to fall apart, but ultimately it will still taste great! (Who wants to miss out on crispy grilled skin though?!) You can always remove the skin after grilling if you prefer. The skin comes off easily after being cooked.

Is grilled salmon healthy?

Absolutely! Salmon is rich in omega-3s, it's a great source of protein, and it's full of vitamins and nutrients. Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook salmon, as it doesn't require much extra fat like butter or olive oil. The grill also adds amazing flavor.

What temperature should I cook my salmon to?

According to the FDA, salmon should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°. Since [good quality] salmon is fine to eat raw, we tend to check for doneness with a fork rather than a thermometer. Once the salmon easily flakes with pressure from a fork, it's good to go! Just be sure you're checking the thickest part of the filet, as most filets have thinner, quick-cooking sections.

What else can I add to the sauce?

This sauce is a great jumping off point. Feel free to change up the ingredients for countless delicious sauces. Try swapping in shallots for garlic, lemon for lime juice, or brown sugar for honey. The herbs are also adaptable: basil, parsley, and tarragon would all be great swaps for cilantro. You could even add a splash of white wine if you're feeling fancy!

How do I flip the fish without breaking it?

The #1 culprit of broken grilled fish is flipping too soon. Fish obviously sticks to grill grates, but as soon as those lovely char marks are achieved, the fish will release from the grates and will be super easy to flip. If you're feeling ANY resistance when you peek at the underside of your fish, DON'T flip! The same goes for pan-fried salmon. It's also important to make sure your grill is nice and hot before adding the salmon. This is usually a bigger problem in skillets because people often don't give them enough time to preheat, but the same still goes for the grill. You can also brush your salmon with a little oil to help ensure it won't stick.

What other fish is good for grilling?

We thought you'd never ask! We love this delicious grilled halibut and the mango salsa that comes with it&mdasha perfect date night meal. If you're looking for something a little friendlier on the wallet, try out this easy grilled tilapia. It comes topped with a bright salad of lightly pickled blistered cherry tomatoes&mdashthe perfect burst of brightness to contrast the charred filets.

Have you made this recipe? Let us know how you like it in the comments below!

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on June 4, 2021 to include more information about the dish.

Some indoor grilled salmon recipes

There are some indoor grilled salmon recipes. I am describing some of them.

Indoor Grilled Salmon

Read the full process carefully. It is an easy recipe and needs only 30 minutes.



A better preparation is very much important to get the better taste. SO, you need to collect all the ingredients before cooking.

Keep the salmon at room temperature for 20 minutes. Then preheat your oven to 45-degree F. Take a cast-iron grill and preheat it for 1 minute. Then brush the pieces with oil, season them with salt and black pepper.


Now follow the direction to enjoy your indoor grilled salmon.

Take a grilling pan:

Take an iron grill pan to cook your salmon. Hit it at medium temperature for about 6 minutes. Then coat the pan with oil such as olive oil.

Take other essentials:

You need some other utensils to cook properly. They are the grill brush, brushing oil, spoons, etc. In order to get the accurate taste and flavor, you need them.

Prepare properly:

Now it is time to cook. Take the salmon pieces and put them on the grill. But keep the skin side up and at angle cross of the pan. Then cook for 3 minutes until the fish pieces characteristic grill marks. To make the marks you can use a spatula to re-positions the pieces. Again cook them for 3 minutes to 5 minutes for medium and more than to well done.

Then raise the heat to medium-high. Remove the pieces from pan and keep it for 2 minutes. Your indoor grilled salmon is ready to serve.

Indoor George Foreman Grilled Salmon

Now I am describing the foreman grilled salmon. But this recipe is good for a regular grill. It is easy too. It is a popular recipe. Do not miss George Foreman Grill salmon. Now see the full process.


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp chopped thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • Some salmon fillets


Take a bowl which is non-reactive. On this bowl take some lemon juice, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, salt, and pepper. Then whisk them together. Now add some salmons and coat them properly. Put the marinated salmons for a while.


Pre-heat your Foreman grill. Keep all the pieces of salmon on the grill. Now cook it for 3 to 7 minutes. The time depends on the thickness of the salmon. It will take less time than a regular grill. So, it is better to check your salmon after 3 minutes. When you see that it flacks easily when you poke it with a fork, it is done.

Grilled Salmon with Chanterelles

It is not a hard recipe. You need just remove the backbone of salmon and then grill it. The recipe is called the whole salmon grilled with Chanterelles. Let us see the recipe.

Grilled Salmon Ingredients

  • A whole salmon
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon slice
  • 3 sprigs dill
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 sprigs tarragon
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound mushroom
  • 1 sprigs thyme
  • garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper


Let us see the preparation of chanterelles and salmon.


At first, heat a cast iron at high-medium temperature. Then add some butter and some oil to the pan and swirl until it melts. Now add some mushrooms, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, etc. Cook them by tossing until they become golden brown. It will take 4 to 7 minutes.


Take an iron grill and heat it at medium temperature. By using a knife, cut the sides of the Salmon and take the backbone out from it. However, do not tear the skin of the fish. Then season the inside part of the fish with salt, pepper and stuff it with lemon slices, thyme, dill. Now place it on a baking sheet and rub the skin with oil. Then place the Salmon on the grill. Cook it for 10 minutes. Now remove the back skin of the salmon. Then break the fish into pieces and keep them on a plate. At last, cover the pieces with chanterelles and season it with some salt and black pepper.

Your grilled salmon is almost ready.

Things to remember before grilling

Indoor grilled food is very much favorable for the people in summer. To do any grill, you need to choose the best grill pan. George Foreman grill, electric grill, stove top grill pan are the best. To get delicious grilled fish, the cutting of the fish is an important matter. It is better to cut them around 3 to 4 inches. Besides, use simple seasoning salts and other ingredients. Moreover, marinated fish will be kept for 20 minutes and it is better to keep them in a refrigerator. In order to get the actual grilled flavor, keep your grill pan clean and use some oil while cleaning.

I think, all the three recipes of indoor grilled salmon will help you to enjoy grilled salmon at home. Try them at home and give a surprise to your family members. However, they will enjoy it very much.

A gingery fish sauce vinaigrette brightens every bite of these crunchy, creamy, vibrant tostadas. Feel free to use salmon or arctic char.

Serve these fillets over fluffy white rice to soak up all the amazing tart, rich juices the lime butter will release.

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