Salmon is one of the best types of seafood to grill up during summertime. When placed on a smoker, a simple seasoned salmon will be transformed into a melt-in-the-mouth dish you won’t stop raving about.
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Whether you’re planning on creating a summer salmon salad or pairing your salmon fillet with Smoked Asparagus and Smoked Baked Potatoes, this grilled salmon recipe is incredibly tasty and perfect for alfresco dining.
Wood-grilled salmon is prepared with minimal seasonings to enhance the natural flavour without overpowering it. The flavours we’ve chosen for this recipe provide an incredible classic flavour, though you’re welcome to experiment with other flavours such as sweet chilli to be creative!
How To Make Grilled Salmon
Step 1 – Preheat Smoker
Preheat your smoker to 400ºF/204ºC and prepare your wood chips. We recommend using Alder or Apple for seafood as we want to receive a subtle smokey flavour that doesn’t overpower the fish’s natural flavours.
Step 2 – Seasoning
Grate your lemon to create zest. Slice your lemon in half. Slice one half into 4 slices and set aside for garnish. With the other half of the lemon, juice until you have around 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
Prepare the seasoning by mixing together the olive oil, salt, pepper, soy sauce, lemon juice, 1/2 of the lemon zest, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.
Dip your fillets into the seasoning to ensure an even coat. The oil and soy sauce should ensure that the seasoning sticks more like a marinade.
Step 3 – Grill Salmon!
Place the fillets on the smoker, skin down, with approx. 1 inch between each until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF/62ºC.
Step 4 – Serve
When you’re happy with the temperature, carefully remove the fillets from the heat. Be careful to keep the skin intact as it helps keep the salmon together. Salmon can become flaky when cooked perfectly, so care is needed to remove the fillets.
Serve immediately with the other half of the lemon zest on top for garnish and a lemon slice on the side.
Grilled Salmon FAQs
Are You Supposed To Flip Salmon When Smoking?
You do not need to flip your salmon fillets when they are cooking. We recommend placing them skin down and placing them approximately 1 inch apart for even cooking on all sides.
How Long Should It Take To Grill Salmon?
You should only need to keep your salmon fillets on the enclosed smoker for around 20-25 minutes, meaning you’ll have delicious seafood in no time at all!
Does Salmon Have To Be Thawed Before Grilling?
You do not need to thaw salmon before grilling it, though it is recommended to cook fresh salmon. If you’re working with frozen salmon fillets, just place them straight on the smoker and apply 10-15 more minutes to the cooking time.
Grilled Salmon Recipe
- 4 salmon fillets with skin
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp dried dill
- Preheat your smoker to 400ºF/204ºC.
- Season the salmon fillets.
- Place fillets on the grill, skin down until internal temperature reaches 145ºF/62ºC.
- Remove from the heat & serve immediately!