How to Grill Salmon on the Mini Ceramic Grill in 4 Easy Steps
When most people think of grilling, steaks, burgers, and maybe even hot dogs come to mind first, but they dread the thought of grill salmon or other seafood on the mini ceramic grill.
In this article, we are going to tell how to grill salmon on the mini ceramic grill in 4 easy steps.
Fish is a great food to cook on the grill, and salmon is one of the most popular choices, especially for beginners. Grilling is just one of the many delicious ways to enjoy salmon, but it’s our favorite for obvious reasons.
Everything You Need to Know About Grill Salmon on the Mini Ceramic Grill
•Why Cooking Salmon on the Grill Is a Good Idea
•Health Benefits of Salmon
•How to Grill Salmon on the Mini Ceramic Grill
•Our Favorite Grilled Salmon Recipes
•Tips for Cooking the Best Baked Salmon
•The Best Tools for Cooking Salmon on the Grill
Why Cooking Salmon on the Grill Is a Good Idea
Many fish can only be cooked over indirect heat on the grill due to their lean, delicate nature. Salmon is unique in its fat content and durability, making it ideal for high-heat cooking on the grill. The result is tender and juicy fish that flakes easily and tastes great.
Most people who don’t like seafood or fish usually prefer salmon because it doesn’t have a strong fishy smell. When cooked properly and served with the right side dishes, salmon is a real crowd-pleaser.
Health Benefits of Salmon
Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet and is known to reduce risk factors for several diseases. Salmon is also one of the healthy, nutrient-dense foods that can help you maximize your brain’s memory function.
Other health benefits of grill salmon on the mini ceramic grill include:
•Lower risk of heart disease
•Weight Control Support
•Improve overall brain function
•High doses of selenium
•Rich in antioxidants
•Rich in B vitamins
•High in potassium
•Rich in protein
•Lots of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
This fatty fish has health benefits, but it’s also important to remember that wild salmon is healthier than farmed salmon. Farmed salmon are fed processed fish feed, which makes them less nutritious than wild salmon. Wild salmon has more important minerals, while farmed salmon has more calories (mainly from fat) but higher levels of vitamin C.
How to Grill Salmon on the Mini Ceramic Grill
Cooking salmon on the grill is like an art. While salmon is not as fragile as other fish, you still need to be careful lest it stick to the grill or fall apart.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to cook salmon on the grill:
Step 1: Prepare the salmon for grilling.
Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. If you’re using a marinade, soak up as much liquid as possible.
Before you put the salmon on the grill, coat both sides lightly with olives and season with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Prepare the Mini Ceramic Grill
Before heating the mini ceramic grill, brush any food residue off the grill grates. We use a Juniper BBQ Scraper for best results.
We recommend making a greased grate by dipping a quarter of an onion in olive oil and using grill tongs to rub across the grate to prevent sticking. Be careful not to add too much oil, which can cause a sudden fire. Some people use paper towels for this process, but we recommend using onions to make sure you don’t get paper towel fibers on the grates.
Step 3: Heat Grill
Create two cooking zones: a hot zone for searing heat and a low temperature zone (or indirect zone) for gentle cooking. If you’re using a gas grill, turn one side to high and the other to low.
For a charcoal grill, light it up easily with the JJ George BBQ Torch. You’ll also want to check out our Kick Ash Basket Adjustable Divider. It helps separate direct and indirect zones for precise cooking.
Cover and preheat for at least 15 minutes. If you’re using a charcoal grill, you need air circulation, so keep the lid vents open.
Step Four: Grill the Salmon
Place the salmon skin side down on the hot zone and cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Using a fish spatula, flip salmon to the lower heat side.
Cook the other side of the salmon fillets over low heat for 2 to 4 minutes, or until desired doneness.
Tips for Cooking Salmon on the Grill
Cooking salmon on the grill is quick and easy. If you have any reservations about it, check out these quick tips so you can cook salmon fillets perfectly the first time.
•To avoid overcooking salmon, do not leave the grill or be distracted. Salmon cooks quickly and should not take longer than 12 minutes to cook once on the grill. An internal temperature of 120º F indicates salmon is medium rare.
•Never use tongs to flip any fish. The tongs will not only force the tender meat to fall apart, but also squeeze out those delicious juices.
•If the fillet sticks when you try to turn it over, you may need to wait another minute or two. It pulls easily off the grill when it’s ready.
•Let the salmon rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows for any carryover cooking.
•When shopping for salmon, look for steaks or fillets with the skin on for even, easy grilling.
•Have all the right tools at the ready.
Classic Grilled Salmon Recipe
Easy Sweet and Salty Salmon
•1.5 lb salmon steaks for center cut fillets
•1/3 cup soy sauce
•1/3 cup brown sugar
•1/3 cup water
•1/3 cup olive oil
•Lemon pepper to taste
•Appropriate amount of garlic powder
•2 cups cooked white or brown rice
1.Season the fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
2.Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and olive oil in a small bowl and stir until sugar dissolves.
3.Place the fish and soy sauce mixture in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 hours.
4.Follow the steps above to cook salmon on the grill.
5.The salmon is done when it’s easy to slice with a fork.
6.Complete the meal with a scoop of rice and a fresh salad.
Grilling salmon on the mini ceramic grill is a great way to add variety to grilled dishes and impress your guests. Salmon is not only a delicious addition to your meals, but also extremely nutritious. It’s a quick and easy process, especially after you’ve practiced it a few times. Patience is key when learning to grill salmon, but it will only get easier as you practice. You’ll wonder why it took so long to try!