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While most fish are too delicate and lean to be cooked directly on the grill, salmon is well-suited to high-heat cooking. But if you’re not careful, it could stick or fall apart. Learn to do it perfectly every time with these tips.
- Preheat gas or charcoal grill to 450°F – 475°F.
- Remove moisture from salmon fillets by patting with a paper towel. …
- Generously season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
- Once your grill has fully preheated, place salmon fillets directly on the grill, skin side down, and close the grill.
How to Grill Salmon Steaks and Fillets | Food Network
How to Grill Salmon (two different ways) 🔗
Learn exactly how to grill salmon that's flavorful, moist and perfect for using in your favorite recipes or as a main dish protein! In this easy tutorial for making the best grilled salmon, you'll learn the direct grilling method and the foil pack method so that you can have delicious grilled salmon in under 30 minutes. Seasonings, marinades and recipes included!
- 1 pound fresh salmon
- Firecracker marinade
- Optional: any of your other favorite seasonings or marinade.
- Method 1: direct grillingPour or generously brush your favorite marinade over the salmon. You can also marinate it in the fridge in a bowl or shallow dish for a few hours before cooking.Preheat a gas grill over medium-high heat, around 375 to 400 degrees F. Use a grill brush to scrape off anything leftover from previous cooking. Brush the grill with oil to prevent sticking.Place salmon skin-side up and close the grill lid. Grill salmon for 6-8 minutes.Carefully flip the salmon and cook for another 6-8 minutes until the salmon is just cooked through and flakes easily. It's best to slightly undercook rather than overcook your salmon filets. Once you've removed your salmon from the grill, let it rest for a couple of minutes on a plate or cutting board to seal in the flavor and juices.
- Method 2: the foil pack methodIf you’re using a salmon marinade, let your salmon filets sit in the marinade for at least an hour before grilling it.Preheat a gas grill over medium-high heat, around 375 to 400 degrees F. Use a grill brush to scrape off anything left over from previous cooking.Spray a large piece of tinfoil with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil. Once your salmon is done marinating, add it onto your piece of foil. Seal the edges by folding the piece of foil together or adding another piece of foil on top and sealing the edges. Use a fork or knife to poke a hole at the top of the foil to allow some steam to escape.Place your whole foil pack directly on your preheated grill, close the lid and grill your salmon foil pack for 14-20 minutes. Usually salmon takes 15 minutes for every inch of thickness.Remove the whole foil pack from your grill and let your salmon rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. If you check your salmon and it needs a couple more minutes to cook, you can cover it back up with foil and let it finish cooking off of the grill.
How long does it take to grill salmon on a gas grill?
The salmon will be medium-rare when an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion reads 120 degrees F. Let it rest for a few minutes before serving to allow for some carryover cooking. Salmon cooks quickly on the grill (typically no more than 12 minutes total), so don’t walk away or get distracted.
What temperature do you grill salmon on a gas grill?
I suggest grilling salmon at a medium-high heat, or 375 to 400 degrees F, to give the fish a nice char while locking in all of the moisture. This will prevent the fish from overcooking.
How do I grill salmon on the grill?
Salmon does not need to be turned over when grilling, but if you prefer grill marks on both sides of your fish, place it on a heated, oiled grill and gently turn it over using a wide spatula after it releases itself from the grates.