How to Grill Salmon

Get perfectly grilled salmon every single time with this easy and fool-proof step-by-step tutorial on How to Grill Salmon!

grilled salmon on a plate with broccoli and rice

Easy Grilling!

When it comes to grilling, salmon is one of the quickest and easiest (and most delicious!) recipes as long as you follow a few simple steps.

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!

Raw salmon on a plate being seasoned with salt and pepper and brushed with olive oil

How to Grill Salmon

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. salmon fillet on a gas grill

Check the Temp

Salmon needs to cook to an internal temperature of 130°F before removing from the grill. If your salmon needs additional time to reach an internal temperature of 130°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 fillets time to increase to 145°F (even after being removed from heat!).

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 :D

grilled salmon on a plate with broccoli and rice

What to Serve with Salmon

While you’re grilling up your salmon, consider making any of the following sides that pair perfectly with salmon!

Veggies

Grains

Drinks

More Salmon Recipes

How to Grill Salmon Video

Recipe

How to Grill Salmon

Get perfectly grilled salmon every single time with this easy and fool-proof step-by-step tutorial on How to Grill Salmon!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
Author: Lee Funke
Yield: 2 servings 1x
Category: Seafood
Method: Grill
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 6-oz. skin-on salmon fillets
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat gas or charcoal grill to 450°F – 475°F.
  2. 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.
  3. Generously season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.
  4. Once your grill has fully preheated, place salmon fillets directly on the grill, skin side down, and close the grill.
  5. Grill skin-side down for 6 minutes.
  6. Then, flip the fillets and grill for an additional 2 minutes skin side up.
  7. Ensure salmon is cooked to an internal temperature of 130°F before removing from the grill. If salmon needs additional time to reach an internal temperature of 130°F, flip back to skin side down and grill for an additional 1 minute at a time.
  8. 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).
  9. Remove skin and serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 366
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 95
  • Fat: 21
  • Carbohydrates: 0
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 43
  • Cholesterol: 98
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