This Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe is perfect for grill novices to learn how to grill salmon. It’s flakey, lemony, and salty in all the best ways, and comes together with little time or effort!
- 4 8-ounce salmon fillets
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1–2 lemons, halved
- Additional salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse the fish, and lay it onto paper towels. Use the paper towels to pat the fish dry, and place the fillets on a wire rack (a baking or cooling rack placed inside of a baking sheet works great to catch any drips and spills).
- Sprinkle half the salt and half the pepper over the fish. Carefully drizzle half of the olive oil or melted butter over the seasoned fish. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, evenly distribute the oil/butter all over that side of the fish. Flip the fish over on the rack, and repeat with remaining salt, pepper, and oil or butter. Let the fish rest while you fire up the grill.
- Turn your grill on to high, and allow it to heat for 5 minutes, until the grill is very hot. Carry the fish out, and open the lid to the grill — it should be very hot. Use a brush to scrape the grill grate clean, and then lower the temperature to low. Place the fish on the grill, close the lid, and leave the fish to cook with the lid closed, for 6 minutes. Use a metal spatula to flip the fish once, close the lid, and cook for an additional 4 to 6 minutes, until the fish is flakey when you test it with the tip of a knife. Using a metal spatula, remove from the grill.
- Sprinkle with additional sea salt and lemon juice before serving, and then serve with additional lemon slices (the first squeeze of lemon isn’t optional — it makes it over-the-top amazing, but additional lemon for serving is based on personal taste).
- Feel free to use another seasoning besides salt if you’d like. This is a great time to use a little seasoning mix or blend specific to fish, or something like lemon pepper if you have it. The salt is classic, but you have flexibility!
- This recipe is for traditional salmon fillets that are about 1.5 inches thick. If you have thinner salmon, chances are it will cook through without turning it on the grill in the first 6 minute cooking time. Just check it, and take it off the grill if it has cooked through without turning.
- Salmon grills quickly so this is a great recipe to grill alongside quick cooking vegetables, like asparagus and zucchini.
- Category: fish
- Method: grill
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: how to grill fish, grilled fish, salmon, grilled salmon, 15 minute dinner