How to Grill Salmon?
Summer is just around the corner and I have the best grilled salmon recipe for you. I am sure you have grilled shrimp, chicken and steak but how to cook salmon on gas grill?
I will teach you exactly how, from the cuts of salmon to use, marinade and rub to grill time.
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How to Season Salmon for Grilling?
For moist, juicy and tender salmon, use the following grilled salmon marinade.
- Olive oil. It seals in the juice and moisture inside the salmon.
- Minced garlic rids potential fishy smell.
- Herbs such as Italian basil and parsley. Both herbs impart an earthy aroma to the fish.
- Lemon juice.
- Salt and ground black pepper.
Marinate for no longer than 30 minutes. The acid in the lemon juice will “cook” and turn the surface of the salmon opaque or white in color, as if it had been cooked with heat.
You can also use my homemade dry rub to rub the spice blends onto the fish before grilling. The end result will be equally delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Cut of Salmon to Use?
I used second cut, as pictured above. Second cut is a meaty section of salmon. The fillet is great for most cooking methods but hold up particularly well to grilling.
Salmon top loin or loin are also excellent choices.
Salmon Grill Time
How long to cook salmon on grill? For second cut salmon in this recipe, I grilled at the temperature of 350°F, with the skin side down for 4 minutes uninterrupted. Flip the salmon over and cook for another 4 minutes. The length of time depends on the thickness of the fish.
You can also rely on visual cues. As soon as the white stuff starts to ooze or seep out from salmon, it’s cooked.
The white stuff is called albumin, or coagulated protein. Albumin gets pushed out of the muscle fibers of salmon as it cooks, rising to the surface and forming the white “gunk.”
Can I Grill Salmon in Foil?
Yes, you can! The salmon will cook beautifully and stay moist, but it won’t have the chars and smoky flavors.
Can I Use A Pan to Grill Salmon?
Absolutely. You can place the salmon on a cast-iron grill pan and place it on top of a gas grill to cook the salmon. You can also cook it on the stove top by using a grill pan.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is only 228 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This meal is best served with a sauce such as dill sauce or a dipping sauce like Asian sweet chili sauce. This dish also goes well with many side dishes.
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- 1 lb. salmon (top loin, loin or second cut)
- lemon wedges, for serving
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chopped Italian basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 dashes ground black pepper
- Mix all the Marinade ingredients in a bowl, stir to mix well.
- Marinate the salmon with the Marinade for 20 minutes.
- Heat up a gas grill to medium heat, at 350 degrees F. Remove the marinated salmon from the Marinade and place it on top of the gas grill. Place the salmon, skin side down at a 45 degree angle to form beautiful char marks. Grill the salmon for 4 minutes, uninterrupted. Turn the salmon over and grill for another 4 minutes, uninterrupted. Baste with the remaining Marinade mixture while grilling.
- Depending on the type of salmon cuts you use, you might need to grill it for longer (or shorter) time. The salmon is cooked when white stuff starts to seep out from the inside. If the salmon is not cooked yet but already charred, move the salmon to the indirect heat side of the gas grill. Cover the lid and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the inside is completely cooked through. Remove from the grill and serve immediately with lemon wedges, dill sauce, or sweet chili sauce.
Serving Size4 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 228Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 62mgSodium 342mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 23g