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How to Grill Salmon

You can enjoy the fresh taste of fish like salmon at any time of the year. When grilling season hits, though, you'll want to know how to grill salmon and other fish for optimal flavors, aromas and textures. Grilling salmon is a lot easier than many people think. With your seasoning of choice, you can make delicious salmon that looks as good as it tastes.

What you’ll need:

  • Fresh skin-on salmon steaks or filets. You'll want the skin to keep the fish from flaking apart on the grill.
  • Fish bone tweezers (or other tweezers). These are only necessary if you need to remove any remaining bones.
  • Olive oil. This helps prevent the salmon from sticking to the grill.
  • Paper towels or napkins. These will help ensure that the salmon is dry before grilling.
  • Flat spatula. You'll want a metal grill spatula with a long handle.
  • Grill brush. You'll use this to grease the grill.

Step 1: Check salmon for bones.

Before placing salmon on the grill, make sure there aren't any remaining pinbones. If you come across any, use the tweezers to remove the bones.

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Step 2: Pre-heat the grill.

If you're using a charcoal grill, make sure to keep an open space out of the direct heat of the coals, and if you're using a gas grill, you'll just need to pre-heat it to medium-high heat.

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Step 3: Grease the grill.

Use a grill brush to apply olive oil to the heated grill.

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Step 4: Prep the salmon.

Pat the salmon dry with napkins or paper towels, and season it to taste with herbs of choice.

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Step 5: Place salmon on the grill.

Start with the salmon skinless side down, and let it cook until it's just over halfway done. When the salmon easily releases from the grill, it's ready to flip. This shouldn't take more than 3 to 6 minutes.

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Step 6: Flip the salmon.

Use the spatula to flip the salmon gently, and grill for another 3 minutes.

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Step 7: Remove and serve.

Use the spatula to lift the salmon steaks off the grill. Serve with your choice of sides and garnish.

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