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Grilled Salmon Recipe

  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Category: dinner
    • Method: grill
    • Cuisine: global


  • 4 skin-on salmon fillets, approximately 6-7 oz (200 grams) each
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • lemon for serving


  1. Heat your grill to high and brush the cooking grates clean.
  2. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels and brush the flesh side with olive oil. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Brush the cooking grates with olive oil. Place the salmon on the grill flesh-side down, cover and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the fillets release easily from the cooking grates.
  4. Flip the salmon, cover and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes or until it reaches your desired internal temperature (130°F or 54°C for medium*).
  5. Serve the grilled salmon with lemon slices.


Internal Temperature: The USDA considers salmon safe to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). However, many (including myself) prefer it at something more like 130°F (54°C) for a more tender texture. 

Storage: Leftover salmon can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

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