Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon

Are you planning to grill some seafood for summer BBQ? Salmon is the best fish that can be grilled and will hit your grill again and again than any other seafood. When grilled upon charcoal grill with wood smoke and very minimal ingredients combined with its natural flavour, Salmon will produce the best mouth-watering flavour that you can ever imagine.

Grilling salmon fillets for any special occasion or holiday dinner is incredibly easy and healthy. Preparing the grilled salmon recipe can give beginner pit masters a tough time. But nothing to worry about, BBQ Hero is here to help out the newbies and share this wonderful recipe with pro pitmasters.

You can have a complete and the best-grilled salmon main course cuisine paired up with Smoked Asparagus, Smoked Baked potatoes, or Smoked Corn on the cob.

How to make Grilled Salmon

Preparing this particular grilled salmon recipe is extremely easy. If you are hosting a dinner at your place and you are going to cook grilled Salmon by our recipe, your guests will end up praising you and giving you a 5 stars rating.

So let’s not wait and allow us to walk you through the best recipe available to grill salmon fillet. Grab your pellet smoker, or gas grill, clean the grill grates and get ready to grill.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Cook Temperature: 400ºF
  • Finished Temperature: 145ºF
  • Wood Flavor: Alder
  • Servings: 4 people

Required Tools

  • Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
  • Commercial grade tinfoil/ foil packet
  • Rimmed Baking sheet
  • Meat temperature probe


  • 4 salmon fillets with skin
  • 4 tablespoon of olive oil/ vegetable oil (For seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon simple soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Some lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • Lemon juice


  1. Start your smoker, grab your pellets, and get the temperature stable at 400ºF with a closed grill lid.
  2. Prepare the seasoning to marinate the salmon fillets.
  3. Place the salmon directly on the grill, skin-side down. Grill until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF.
  4. Remove the Salmon from the grill and serve right away.

Detailed Cooking Instructions

1) Start your smoker and maintain the temperature at 400ºF

Light up your smoker, add the desired wood chips to it, and maintain the smoker’s internal temperature at 400ºF. Make sure whatever you are using, like the grill grates or a grill pan, must be clean.

2) Preparing the seasoning for marination

Take a bowl, pour in all the ingredients except the lime juice and lemon zest, mix them well. When thoroughly mixed, put all the four fillets in that bowl and get them marinated. You can do it with your hand as well as you can also use a pair of bbq tongs to do it.

3) Grilling the Salmon

After marinating, place Salmon on the grill over indirect heat. Close the lid and cook Salmon for almost 8 minutes. After that, if you want some grill marks, place the fillet over direct heat for nearly 2 minutes and then remove them.

While placing it on the grill you need to be very careful because sometimes it can start sticking to the grill. To avoid that, place a piece of tin foil on the grill rack before punching small holes in it so that smoke can easily pass onto the meat. Then place the meat on that foil.

While smoking, check the internal temperature of the meat on the thickest part. If it is 145ºF, consider it done and get ready to serve it.

4) Serving the grilled Salmon

It’s time to serve. Grab your serving platter, prepare your favourite sidelines and serve with grilled Salmon. To enhance the taste, squeeze some lemon juice on the fillets and garnish them with some lemon zest to make it look like prepared by a professional.

BBQ Hero Tip: Rub your grill grates with oil to prevent the scales from sticking to the grill and save yourself from the messy clean-up!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you supposed to flip Salmon on the grill?

Put the salmon fillets with the skin facing down on the grill. You don’t have to toss. Cook the salmon skin-side down and do not tilt in to avoid “panic sticking.” Grill them for about 8 minutes.

How long should it take to grill salmon?

It will not take more than 15 minutes to grill salmon fillets. Moreover, it depends upon the taste of some people. Some seafood lovers like to have Salmon with a crisp crust. For that, leave it on the grill for about 2 to 4 more minutes extra.

Does Salmon have to be thawed before grilling?

Frozen Salmon should not be thawed at all. Cooking may start immediately, only grilling, baking, broiling or frying the frozen fish.

Should I rinse Salmon?

I would not do that because, as per the USDA caution, “Do not rinse off raw fish, pork, and poultry,” Bacteria can sprinkle and spread to other foods and surfaces in these raw juices.

How do you know if Salmon is cooked?

Salmon is converted from transparent (red or raw) to opaque (pink) as it cooks. After 6-8 minutes of cooking, check for doneness using a sharp knife to look into the thickest section. It’s done if the flesh starts to flow but still has a little transparency in the centre.

What temperature should grilled Salmon be?

Medium heat of 375ºF to 400ºF is perfect for grilling the Salmon.

Can frozen Salmon be grilled?

Yes, You can grill a frozen salmon by following some quite simple steps.

How many calories are Grilled Salmon?

  • 1 oz, boneless 48 calories
  • 1 serving (85 g) 145 calories
  • 100 g 171 calories
  • 1 cup of flaked 233 calories

Other Great Smoked Seafood Options:

If you’re looking to try other smoked seafood recipes, then you must give a try to our Smoked CodSmoked Shrimp, or Smoked Lobster Tail recipes. They are healthy and easy to make.