How to Grill Salmon

Grilling perfect salmon is easy with these simple steps.
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Grilled Salmon: A Step-by-Step Guide

The grill is a versatile tool, capable of cooking more than your standard burgers and hot dogs. For a quick heart-healthy meal, try grilling fresh cuts of tender salmon. Food Network's step-by-step guide covers the major do's and don'ts, from the grocery store all the way to the dinner table.

The Fish

The top cuts are salmon steaks and the bottom ones are fillets. Buy wild for flavor and sustainability.

Get Them with Skin

The skin helps hold the fish together and prevents sticking on the grill. Check the fish for pin bones, then pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.

Get Grilling

Place salmon on an oiled grill that has been preheated to medium high. For fillets, put them down skinless side first. If you like crispy skin, put the skin side down first. Now, don't touch the salmon.


The salmon will release itself from the grill when it's ready. Use a flat spatula to flip the salmon over when it's 60 percent cooked. A 1-inch-thick piece will cook in about 6 to 10 minutes. When it's done, remove it from the grill and let it rest.


For a simple presentation, serve with a little lemon.

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