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Grilling Salmon Is Easy – Here’s How

Fresh salmon has a high fat content which helps it cook up nicely on the grill (since it won’t dry out easily) and it couldn’t be simpler to do! Here are step-by-step directions along with a few tips and recipes to get you started.

Cedar Plank

Cedar Planks Add A Smoky Flavor

To prep: Rinse salmon with cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Season with your favorite rub or keep it simple with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Another easy recipe is to brush the steaks with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle paprika lightly on both sides. For more ideas, see the list at the bottom of this page.

How to tell when it’s cooked: Use a knife to pierce the fish at the thickest part and check the flesh, it should be barely opaque and slightly pink in the center. If you press with a fork, the flesh should begin to flake easily. Internal temperature reading from the thickest part should be at least 145°F (though this is debatable, I’ve seen references as low as 120°F and as high as 165°F, it depends on how well done you want it to be…I prefer it heated to 135°F. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of at least 145°F [1] for fish.).


*Cooking times are for 1″ thick steaks, adjust time as needed if using a different thickness (rule of thumb is about 10 minutes per inch).

That’s it, easy peasy!


Here’s a handful of different recipes you can try that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net, some a little fancy while others are nice ‘n easy. Enjoy!

Delicious Meal

It's Easy To Make A Delicious Meal With A Few Simple Seasonings