Get perfectly grilled salmon every single time with this easy and fool-proof step-by-step tutorial on How to Grill Salmon!
This grilled salmon recipe comes out so tender and flakey. It’s a quick and healthy protein to make on the grill.
Grilled Salmon = Easy Grilling!
When it comes to grilling, salmon is one of the quickest and easiest (and most delicious!) proteins to grill as long as you follow a few simple steps.
Our grilled salmon recipe is made flavored with the basics (salt and pepper) so that you can serve your salmon in many different ways. Try eating it next to your favorite grilled veggies, in a rice bowl, or in a breakfast scramble!
Why Make Grilled Salmon?
Quick: this grilled salmon recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Easy Prep: no fancy gadgets or ingredients are needed for this grilled salmon recipe.
Healthy: salmon is high protein and packed with omega-3 fatty acids making it a healthy protein option.
Best Leftovers: leftover salmon is so delicious. Try our yummy salmon patties to mix things up on day 2.
How to Grill Salmon
We’ll walk you through how to grill salmon, so you can grill ’em up with confidence and pair with your favorite grilled sides (ahem, we’ve got some recommendations below) tonight!
Preheat and Prep
Preheat gas or charcoal grill to 450°F – 475°F. High heat is crucial to getting that perfect sear on your salmon without overcooking it!
Then, remove moisture from salmon fillets by patting with a paper towel. Once your salmon has been patted dry, use a brush to brush olive oil onto all sides of each salmon fillet (yes, even the skin side!).
Finally, generously season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
Grill that Salmon
Once your grill has fully preheated, place salmon fillets directly on the grill, skin side down, and close the grill. Grill your fillets skin-side down for 6 minutes (yes, only 6 minutes!).
Then, flip the fillets and grill for an additional 2 minutes skin side up. This will give your salmon those perfectly seared grill marks.
Do you have to flip salmon on the grill? If you are grilling salmon directly on the grates, we suggest starting skin-side down and flipping after 6 minutes to sear the flesh for a few minutes to get gorgeous grill marks.
how long to grill salmon
Grill salmon at 450ºF for 8 total minutes starting with 6 minute skin-side down. Flip and grill for an additional 2 minutes.
Check the Temp
Salmon needs to cook to an internal temperature of 140°F – 145ºF before removing it from the grill.
If your salmon needs additional time to reach an internal temperature of 140°F (which is common if your fillets are especially thick!), flip back to skin-side down and grill for an additional 1 minute at a time.
Let it Rest
Remove the salmon from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes. This will allow the internal temperature of your salmon to increase by 5ºF to 145°F.
Do I have to let me salmon rest? We always recommend letting meat and fish rest after grilling. We do this especially so that the internal temperature can continue to rise to a safe eating temp.
How do I know my salmon is done? The best way to tell if your salmon is done or not is to measure the temperature. It should read at least 145ºF. Your salmon should turn from a bright pink to a soft, light pink. It should be flakey and firm to touch.
Serve and Enjoy!
Remove the skin by peeling it back away from the fillet. The skin should peel off easily on cooked salmon. Then serve with your favorite grilling sides. We recommend any of the following 😀
How do you keep salmon moist when grilling?
The best way to make grilled salmon is at a higher heat. This will cook it quickly, which helps prevent it from drying out. We suggest heating your grill to 450ºF to 475ºF.
What to Serve with Salmon
While you’re grilling up your salmon, consider making any of the following sides that pair perfectly with salmon!
- Spicy Grapefruit Margarita
- Rosemary Vodka Collins
- Strawberry Peach Rose Sangria
- Honey Greyhound Cocktail
- 2 6-oz. skin-on salmon fillets
- 1–2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
- optional: lemon juice, for serving
- Preheat gas or charcoal grill to 450°F – 475°F.
- Remove moisture from salmon fillets by patting with a paper towel. Then, use a brush to brush olive oil onto all sides of each salmon fillet.
- 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.
- Grill skin-side down for 6 minutes.
- Then, flip the fillets and grill for an additional 2 minutes skin-side up. Ensure the salmon is cooked to an internal temperature of 140°F before removing from the grill. If salmon needs additional time to reach an internal temperature of 140°F, flip back to skin side down and grill for an additional 1 minute at a time.
- Remove salmon from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes (internal temperature will continue to increase to 145°F even after being removed from heat).
- Remove skin and serve with optional fresh lemon juice.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/2 Calories: 366 Sugar: 0 Sodium: 95 Fat: 21 Carbohydrates: 0 Fiber: 0 Protein: 43 Cholesterol: 98
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Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.