Grilled salmon is one of my favorite ways to eat the delicious omega-3 packed fish. The natural oils from the salmon keep the fish moist on the inside while you grill. I used to get intimidated buying fish with the bones and skin on it, but after learning how easy filleting and cooking a fish can be, I now almost always buy the salmon with the skin intact.
Here are quick and easy steps on how to perfectly grill salmon.
#1. Heat & Prep The Grill: If you are using coals, you have to light them up and keep the fire burning. Cover the grill with a lid so the coals stay lit. Next, wait until the coals turn ashen grey. This step takes Patience! Sometimes it takes 30-40 minutes for the coals to get really hot. It’s important to have the coals hot in order to put a good sear on the salmon. If using a gas grill (like I did), heat it up and then put it on medium heat to cook the salmon through. Always work with a clean grill so the salmon doesn’t stick to it. I also oil the grill with olive oil for some extra lube.
#2. Prep The Salmon: Wash off any extra scales from the salmon and if necessary use a knife to lightly scrape the excess scales away. Cut the salmon down the middle so you have 2 fillets. Remove any excess bones.
You will also need 1 white onion, 1 lemon, and ¼ cup soy sauce for the dressing. Slice the onion into big rings. Slice the lemon into rings.
#3. Grill The Salmon: Over medium heat (so the flames are not high), put the flesh side of the salmon down first for 3-4 minutes to get some good grill lines on it.
Next, flip over the salmon skin-side down on the grill.
Brush the salmon with the soy sauce and get those juices in. Add the onions and lemons. Let cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove the salmon from the hot area of the grill (if you have a second level, move the salmon to this area) and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from the grill and eat.
Grilling salmon is very easy. In fact, grilling most foods is quick and with minimal clean-up. Get your grill on this summer season. For more grilling tips and tricks see past blogs HERE. What are your favorite sides to eat with grilled salmon? Comment below and let me know.
Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN