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How to Cook Salmon on the Grill

Learn the best way to cook salmon on the grill and it will quickly become a favorite meal at your house. Hubs and I have made this grilled salmon many, many times and love it.

We will throw some salmon on the grill even if it’s 30 degrees outside. It’s that good…and good for you too!  Read on to learn how to cook salmon on the grill.

grilled salmon on a bed of lettuce

The Best Way to Cook Salmon on the Grill

Grilled salmon recipe with marinade

Ingredients:
1 – 1/2lb Salmon Fillet
1/4c Soy Sauce
1/4c Brown Sugar
1/4c Olive Oil
1/4c Lemon Juice
3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
1tsp Black Pepper

Ingredients for grilling salmon

Combine all ingredients except for the salmon itself in a gallon zipper bag.

Add the salmon filet and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Heat your gas grill to medium heat and spray the grate (not the fish itself, but the grate) with cooking spray.

How long to Cook Salmon on the Grill

Grill salmon flesh side down first* for about 6 minutes. This will vary somewhat depending on the thickness of your filet, but 6 minutes per side is a good general guideline.

salmon on a grill

*Grilling salmon flesh side down (skin side up) is key. Cooking the skin last allows the salmon fillet to hold together during the cooking process instead of falling to pieces when you try to flip it. It also helps keep the flesh from drying out.

Flip and grill the salmon another 6 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Hubs forgot to spray the grill. See what happens? 🙂

salmon on a grill


This turns out so yummy including the skin! It’s the best way to cook salmon on the grill that we’ve tried. I troll the meat department at Kroger weekly looking for salmon fillets that are at their sell-by date.

This allows us to enjoy our grilled salmon recipe a couple of times per month. I hope you like it as much as we do!

Perfect Grilled Salmon

Jenn
Get perfect salmon on the grill every time with this grilled salmon technique
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Additional Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 17 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 197 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ lb Salmon Fillet
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice
  • 3 Garlic Cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients except for the salmon itself in a gallon zipper bag. Add the salmon filet and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Heat your gas grill to medium heat and spray the grate (not the fish itself, but the grate) with cooking spray.
  • Grill salmon flesh side down first* for about 6 minutes. This will vary somewhat depending on the thickness of your filet, but 6 minutes per side is a good general guideline.
  • Flip and grill the salmon another 6 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Notes

*Grilling salmon flesh side down (skin side up) is key. Cooking the skin last allows the salmon fillet to hold together during the cooking process instead of falling to pieces when you try to flip it. It also helps keep the flesh from drying out.
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Nutrition Facts
Perfect Grilled Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 612mg27%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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The gas grill used in the photos above has seen better days so we recently upgraded. Since we have a tiny porch (tiny house, tiny everything!) we opted for this gas grill model and have been happily using it for the last year. It’s compact and portable but still gets the job done. Highly recommend!

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