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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

Perfect Grilled Salmon

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 17 minutes

Get perfect salmon on the grill every time with this grilled salmon technique

Ingredients

  • 1/2lb Salmon Fillet
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Heat your gas grill to medium heat and spray the grate (not the fish itself, but the grate) with cooking spray.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 197Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 24mgSodium 612mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 9g

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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