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How to grill salmon

Get perfectly grilled salmon every single time with this easy and fool-proof step-by-step tutorial on How to Grill Salmon! BTW, Ceramic kamado grill will be the best choice to grill salmon.  

This grilled salmon recipe comes out so tender and flakey. It’s a quick and healthy protein to make on the grill.

Grilled Salmon = Easy Grilling!

When it comes to grilling, salmon is one of the quickest and easiest (and most delicious!) proteins to grill as long as you follow a few simple steps.

Our grilled salmon recipe is made flavored with the basics (salt and pepper) so that you can serve your salmon in many different ways. Try eating it next to your favorite grilled veggies, in a rice bowl, or in a breakfast scramble!

Why make grill salmon?

When it comes to picking a protein, we know you have choices. You can make grilled chickengrilled steakgrilled pork, etc. But, grilled salmon trumps them all! Here’s why:

Quick: this grilled salmon recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Easy Prep: no fancy gadgets or ingredients are needed for this grilled salmon recipe.

Healthy: salmon is high protein and packed with omega-3 fatty acids making it a healthy protein option.

Best Leftovers: leftover salmon is so delicious. Try our yummy salmon patties to mix things up on day 2.

How to Grill Salmon?

Grilling salmon is so easy! We’ll walk you through how to grill salmon, so you can grill ’em up with confidence and pair with your favorite grilled sides tonight!


Preheat a gas grill or charcoal grill to 450°F – 475°F. High heat is crucial to getting that perfect sear on your salmon without overcooking it!

Then, pat the salmon filets with a paper towel to remove moisture. Once your salmon has been patted dry, use a brush to brush olive oil onto all sides of each salmon fillet (yes, even the skin side!).

Finally, generously season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.


Once your grill has fully preheated, place salmon fillets directly on the grill, skin-side down, and close the grill. Grill your filets skin-side down for 6 minutes (yes, only 6 minutes!).

Then, flip the fillets and grill for an additional 2 minutes skin side up. This will give your salmon those perfectly seared grill marks. 

Do you have to flip salmon on the grill? If you are grilling salmon directly on the grates, we suggest starting skin-side down and flipping after 6 minutes to sear the flesh for a few minutes to get gorgeous grill marks.

How long to grill salmon?

Grill salmon at 450ºF for 8 total minutes starting with 6 minute skin-side down. Flip and grill for an additional 2 minutes.


Salmon needs to cook to an internal temperature of 140°F – 145ºF before removing it from the grill.

If your salmon needs additional time to reach an internal temperature of 140°F (which is common if your fillets are especially thick!), flip back to skin-side down and grill for an additional 1 minute at a time.


Remove the salmon from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes. This will allow the internal temperature of your salmon to increase by 5ºF to 145°F.

Do I have to let my salmon rest?

We always recommend letting meat and fish rest after grilling. We do this especially so that the internal temperature can continue to rise to a safe eating temp.

How do I know my salmon is done?

The best way to tell if your salmon is done or not is to measure the temperature. It should read at least 145ºF. Your salmon should turn from a bright pink to a soft, light pink. It should be flakey and firm to touch. Check the flakey-ness of the salmon by gently pulling at the salmon with a fork.

5. Serve and enjoy!

Remove the skin by peeling it back away from the fillet. The skin should peel off easily on cooked salmon. Then serve with your favorite grilling sides.


Be sure your grill grates are clean: One thing you can do to make sure the salmon doesn’t stick to the grill is make sure your grill grates are clean. Clean the grates with a metal grill cleaner and you’ll be all set.

Make sure you have your grill tools ready to go: We recommend having a grill spatula and grill tongs at the ready for when you have to flip the salmon.

Don’t put your salmon on the grill cold: If you put cold salmon on a hot grill there is bound to be some salmon that sticks to the grill. Let your salmon sit out for a bit before grilling it.