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How to Grill the Perfect Salmon

Girl Who Ate Everything By

There are many ways to cook salmon but my favorite way is to grill it. The natural oils in the salmon keep it moist but also create a slight crispiness on the outside of the fish.

There are just a few basic steps to the perfectly Grilled Salmon

Preheat Your Grill


You want to preheat your grill to a high heat so that you can burn off whatever may be left on it. After the grill has been on high for a couple of minutes, use a grill brush to clean the grate thoroughly. Turn the heat down to medium high heat for grilling your salmon. This will give the salmon those nice grill marks without burning the outside.

Oil Your Grate


You want to make sure that your grill is oiled generously. The only way you can screw up grilling your salmon is if it sticks to your grill. The easiest way to oil the grill grate is to squirt some vegetable oil onto a paper towel and, using your grill tongs, rub it generously along the grate.

Prepare Your Salmon


Salmon has such a wonderful natural flavor on its own so all you really need to season it is a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Grilled Salmon

Get Your Grill On


Place the salmon on the grill diagonally to the grill grates so that you get those pretty grill marks. Grill for 3-4 minutes per inch of thickness on each side with the lid closed. There’s nothing worse than overcooked fish! The salmon will flake easily with a fork when done so make sure to test it when salmon turns opaque and feels slightly firm. Use a wide spatula to remove the salmon from the grill.

Perfect Grilled Salmon

All you need now is a squirt of lemon to finish it off and bring out those flavors.  Enjoy!

Grilled Salmon Recipe

Salmon Recipes


Want more salmon inspiration? Try one of these recipes featuring this delish fish:

Featured recipe: Easy Grilled Salmon



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