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How to Grill Salmon (BEST Grilled Salmon Recipe)

Get perfect, flakey grilled salmon every single time with this easy and fool-proof step-by-step tutorial on how to grill salmon!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 8 minutesTotal: 18 minutes
Fat 21 Carbs 0 Protein 43
Yield 2 servings 1x


  • 2 6-oz. skin-on salmon fillets
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • optional: lemon juice, for serving


  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. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. Remove skin and serve with optional fresh lemon juice.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 Calories: 366 Sugar: 0 Sodium: 95 Fat: 21 Carbohydrates: 0 Fiber: 0 Protein: 43 Cholesterol: 98
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: SeafoodMethod: GrillCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free

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