by Olena

Grilled Salmon

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Juicy and flaky Grilled Salmon with simple seasoning in 30 minutes. Cooking salmon on the grill is easier than you think if you follow a few simple rules.

grilled salmon flaked with a fork

How to Grill Salmon

My grilled salmon recipe is easy, tasty and quick. Simple marinade of ingredients you have on hand makes it flavorful and prevents from falling apart.

I also give you a plenty suggestions for toppings and sides during the grilling season. Topping grilled salmon with a fruity salmon is my favorite summer dinner.

We live on Pacific ocean, so we fish all the time. Salmon is not that easy to catch. But when we do, we stock the freezer and make healthy salmon recipes about once a month.

Let’s face it, salmon is expensive and is a treat. Which takes me to the next topic – wild vs. farmed salmon.

cooking salmon on the grill

Wild vs. Farmed Salmon

Wild salmon is high in Omega-3s which are good fats. It is also more lean, therefore it is important not to overcook it to avoid dry salmon. I am “paranoid” about cooking salmon on the grill as much as about cooking the steak. It has to be perfect!

Farmed salmon is raised in confinement with limited movement which results in high amount of Omega-6s that are bad fats. Same fats found in processed foods. It is also fed antibiotics and artificial GMO feed. And of course it is cheaper than wild caught fish.

I can’t tell you which salmon to buy. I personally prefer to eat less salmon but quality. Up to you though.

salmon slices on a platter

Salmon Seasoning

For grilled salmon seasoning, I combine avocado or olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Then brush on top of 3 inch wide fillets and let fish sit in marinade for about 10 minutes while I’m preparing the grill.

salmon seasoning brushed on salmon

You can use apple cider vinegar instead of lime or lemon juice.

Smoked paprika adds a nice flavor but if you don’t have any, it’s OK. Grill will add nice smoky flavor too. I like the red colour paprika adds. Grilled salmon is easy going – use what you have.

salmon marinade over salmon slices

How Long to Grill Salmon

How long to grill salmon comes down to your grill, thickness of salmon and your judgement. This is where you have to get confident and just do it. Even if things do not go perfect first time, grilling salmon 2nd time will be much easier. All grills vary.

  • Preheat grill to high heat of 450-500 degrees F. You should be able to hold your hand above the grates for only 5 seconds.
  • Clean grill well and oil the grates with soaked in oil paper towel. It is important to avoid salmon sticking to the grill. Or use grill mats – they are phenomenal.
  • Place salmon on the grill skin side up, close the lid and grill for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Flip and cook uncovered for another 3-4 minutes.

how to grill salmon

How to Flip Salmon

To flip salmon, after 4-5 minutes of grilling gently slide spatula under the salmon. If salmon has nice grill marks and comes off the grill easy – you flip it.

The key to prevent salmon slices from falling apart is to move spatula under it slowly, kind of wiggling it under it.

If you prefer to grill salmon fillet whole, check out my cedar plank salmon recipe.

How Do I Know Grilled Salmon Is Done?

There are many indicators that your grilled salmon is ready.

  1. Check with meat thermometer125 degrees F for medium rare or 140 for medium.
  2. When salmon flakes with a fork, it is done. You will also be able to see the colour of flesh inside.
  3. Keep in mind salmon like any meat keeps cooking off the heat.
  4. Wild salmon is more lean than farmed. Make sure not to overcook and follow recipe instructions.:)

grilled salmon recipe garnished with green onion

Can I Eat Skin?

Yes. We have some salmon skin lovers in our family.

Even if you don’t want to eat salmon skin, keep it during barbecuing. Grilling salmon with skin helps to keep salmon slices together and not falling apart. Make sure you remove scales before cooking with a knife. Salmon scales are small and are easy to remove. Often salmon is sold already cleaned.

If you eat salmon skin, know it is very good for you. It contains more of the same minerals and nutrients contained in salmon, which may be an excellent addition to any diet.

grilled salmon with pasta and salad on a plate

What to Serve with Grilled Salmon?

My absolute favorite way to eat grilled salmon is to top it with fruity salsa like mango salsa or pineapple salsa. Or guacamole. Avocado goes so well with salmon!

For a complete meal, serve with quinoa or brown rice. That night on the menu was white pasta to make kids happy.

And as for veggies, simple salad like cucumber and tomato salad or lettuce salad are the best.

More Salmon Recipes

grilled salmon recipe flaked with a fork

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Grilled Salmon

5 from 1 reviews

Juicy and flaky Grilled Salmon with simple seasoning in 30 minutes. Cooking salmon on the grill is easier than you think if you follow a few simple rules.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 slices 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon fillet, cut into 4 slices
  • 1 1/2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 large lemon or 1 lime, juice of
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir with a brush to combine.
  2. In a shallow flat dish with edges lay salmon slices and brush with marinade. Marinate from 15 minutes for up to 24 hours. Longer marinating time, more flavorful salmon. 15 mins is tasty too though.
  3. Preheat grill to high heat of 450-500 degrees F. Clean grill well and oil the grates with soaked in oil paper towel. It is important to avoid salmon sticking to the grill. Or use grill mats.
  4. Place salmon on the grill skin side up, close the lid and grill for about 4-5 minutes. Check with spatula – if salmon has nice grill marks and comes off the grill easy – you flip it. The key to prevent fillet from falling apart is to move spatula under it slowly and flip.
  5. Cook uncovered for another 3-4 minutes or until thermometer reads 125 degrees F for medium rare or 140 for medium.
  6. Serve hot or cold.

Store: Refrigerate for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

Freeze: You can freeze leftover cooked salmon for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Notes

You can use apple cider vinegar instead of lime and lemon.

Wild salmon is more healthy option than farmed. Although it is more dry. Make sure not to overcook and follow recipe instructions.:)

Smoked paprika adds a nice flavor but if you don’t have any, it’s OK. Grill will add nice smoky flavor too. I like the red colour paprika adds. Grilled salmon is easy going – use what you have.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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