How to Grill a Salmon

Salmon is not only a succulent, delicious fish; it’s also healthy for you. With a healthy dose of essential Omega-3′s and a load of protein, salmon is a nutritious meal all by itself. Add some side dishes such as grilled corn or a potato, and now you’ve got a well-rounded meal.

Salmon may be cooked in several ways, but preparing it on the grill is becoming more and more popular these days. Not only does the grill add a unique flavor to the fish, but it’s also one of the healthier ways to cook. Follow the steps below to learn how to grill salmon:

Preparing your grill

Before you even start preparing your salmon and whatever other food you’re cooking, head on over to your grill. Fire it up and give it a good cleaning. You should always pre-heat your grill for at least 10 minutes, not just to warm it up, but to give it time to burn off the last meal you cooked on there. Here are some more tips on how to clean a gas grill.

How to Grill a Salmon

Get your salmon ready

If you bought your salmon from the grocery store or a fish market, then it should be all cleaned and nicely filleted for you. If you caught it yourself and didn’t have a clue on how to prepare it, you may want to check out our article on how to fillet a fish. Once your salmon is ready, you’ll need to spice it up.

There is no limit to how you can season your fish; it’s all up to personal preference. You can go simple with a light coat of olive oil and some salt & pepper or Old Bay seasoning. Or, you can get creative and go for some different types of marinades.

Grilling method

Once your salmon is all seasoned up to your liking, it’s time to toss it on the grill. Now, don’t go ahead and toss the whole fillet on the grill, or you may have a disaster on your hands. Fish doesn’t hold together as well as meat and can easily fall apart or slip through your grill grates. Therefore, we need to put in a little buffer. If you want to keep it simple, you can use a piece of tin foil.

It’s cheap, easy, and readily available. For the more sophisticated grill-master, you may want to step up to a grill-ready piece of flavored wood. Don’t just grab the nearest 2×4 – this wood is made for grilling and should be pre-soaked, so it doesn’t burn for the duration of the grill session.

Cooking time

On average, a 12oz salmon fillet should take between 20 and 25 minutes to cook thoroughly on the grill. If you’re using the woodblock, it may take a little longer because the heat will reach the fish more slowly. You shouldn’t have to flip the fish over at all – that may cause it to fall apart.

Cook it with the skin side down (if there’s any skin left) and check every 5 minutes or so. You can slice through the middle around the 20-minute mark to check if it’s finished, but don’t do it too often, or you’ll end up with small pieces of fish instead of a big fillet!

Grilled salmon marinades

As mentioned above, there are a ton of different marinades you can soak your salmon in before throwing on the grill. It’s also a good idea to pour or brush some more on during grilling to enhance the flavor. One popular and tasty recipe is a soy marinade.

It’s simple: you pour a little soy sauce, diced garlic, and diced onions onto your salmon. Another good one is a teriyaki marinade – you can make this by pouring on teriyaki sauce and throwing in some sesame seeds.