21 Popular Grilled Salmon Recipes

From cedar planked to barbecue, plenty of choices for your summer cookout

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Salmon, whether fillet or steak, is an ideal fish to cook on the grill. It is a healthy, meaty fish that is full of flavor. The skin on both cuts helps keep the flesh together while it is cooking, so make sure you buy salmon with the skin intact. Although a good piece of salmon is delicious drizzled with just a bit of olive oil and a little salt, these recipes take that pleasant taste to a whole new level. 

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    Grilled Miso Salmon

    Grilled Miso Salmon
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    The miso marinade that flavors these salmon fillets is absolutely amazing, and best yet, this is a quick and easy meal that can be prepared in a short amount of time. Next time you need dinner in a hurry, consider this great recipe for grilled miso salmon.

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    Lemon-Dill Salmon Fillets

    Lemon-Dill Salmon
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    A fast and easy method for grilling great salmon, this recipe relies on the classic flavors of lemon and dill to make something fantastic. You can have this meal reading in about 20 minutes. Serve with orzo and grilled asparagus for a complete, fresh tasting meal of lemon-dill salmon fillets.

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    Firecracker Salmon

    Firecracker Salmon
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    Marinated in an Asian-Inspired mixture and then grilled hot and fast, this is one of the most flavorful salmon recipes. Soy sauce, sambal chili paste, ginger, and sesame oil are just a few of the ingredients that bring the flavors of Asia to your dinner table in firecracker salmon

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    Chili-Lime Salmon

    Chile-lime salmon
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    Cumin is a great seasoning for salmon and this dry rub features it nicely. Combined with lime juice, chili powder, and garlic, the seasoning makes for a fantastic grilled salmon. This recipe for chili-lime salmon calls for cooking the salmon indirectly (not over the heat but to the side) so the cooking time is longer, taking about 20 minutes.

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    Cedar Plank Salmon

    Cedar Plank Salmon
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    Plank cooking—placing food on a piece of wood during cooking—is one of the best methods for grilling fish. As the cedar plank smolders over the heat of the grill, it adds a light, smoky flavor to the salmon. This recipe for cedar plank salmon does take a bit of time (the plank needs to soak first and the fish takes about 30 minutes to cook) but it is completely worth it. 

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    Dill Salmon Steaks

    Dill Salmon Steaks
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    You may commonly find salmon fillets at your grocer's seafood department, but salmon steaks may not be as prevalent. Salmon steaks are easier to grill and have more flavor than fillets, so when you see them, grab a few (or ask the fishmonger if they can get you some). These classic dill salmon steaks are seasoned with lemon and dill before hitting the grill.

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    Salmon in Barbecue Sauce

    BBQ salmon
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    Barbecue sauce and salmon might sound like an unlikely combination, but the flavors of this barbecue sauce are astounding and they enhance the taste of the grilled salmon. Use the sauce both as a baste and as a dipping sauce served at the table for salmon in barbecue sauce.

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    Chili-Tequila Salmon Steaks with Grilled Salsa

    Chili-Tequila Salmon Steaks with Grilled Salsa
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    The tequila-lime marinade used before cooking infuses deep flavor into the salmon, and the salsa served with the grilled fish gives this dish a light and refreshing taste. The tomatoes, peppers, and onion are grilled before being pureed and combined with lime juice and cilantro, making for a delicious but different tasting salsa. Give chili-tequila salmon steaks with grilled salsa a try for your next cookout.

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    Cajun Grilled Salmon

    Cajun salmon
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    This is almost a blackened salmon recipe in that it is coated with a mixture of spices and cooked, but skips the dredge in melted butter. The Cajun spice rub gives it a lot of flavor with a hint of heat that makes this the perfect salmon recipe for fish tacos or practically any other dish. Give Cajun grilled salmon a try for your next cookout.

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    Stuffed Salmon

    Stuffed salmon
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    Thin fillets can be a challenge to grill, but when stuffed and pinned (with toothpicks) they can be much easier to handle. This recipe loads up the grilled salmon with herbs and olives to give it more flavor and interest. Make sure to oil the grill well before putting on the fish. When making stuffed salmon, just make sure to pick your stuffing carefully.

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    Salmon with Thyme and Lemon

    Salmon with thyme and lemon
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    This quick and easy grilled salmon with thyme and lemon recipe is a delicious combination. If you like, you can use fresh herbs instead of dried. This recipe works well on both salmon filets and salmon steaks. 

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    Glazed Smoked Salmon

    Glazed Smoked Salmon
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    While this recipe is great on a gas grill, charcoal really brings out the flavors. The honey-butter gives this glazed smoked salmon a rich color and flavor. Keep the heat low and let the fish cook slowly so that the flavors can develop.

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    Plank Grilled Salmon Steaks

    Plank Grilled Salmon Steaks
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    The biggest problem people have with grilling fish is that it falls apart on the grill. Of course, this can be solved by a very clean cooking grate, a very large spatula, and patience. Or it can be solved with a grilling plank, allowing you to make plank grilled salmon steaks, readily available at supermarkets. Another upside to this time-tested cooking method: it adds a delicious smoky flavor to the salmon. 

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    Grilled Salmon Cakes

    Grilled Salmon Cakes
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    Yes, you can grill salmon cakes. The secret is a very clean cooking grate that has been well oiled right before the salmon hits the heat. Be patient and have a good, thin-bladed spatula. These flavorful fish cakes, tinged with Dijon mustard and lemon, can be eaten as is or placed between a crusty roll for a change from a traditional burger.

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    Caramelized Grilled Salmon

    Caramelized Grilled Salmon
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    The light sprinkling of brown sugar on this fast and easy caramelized grilled salmon recipe creates a rich brown caramelized coating on the fish as roasts on the grill. This is another great salmon recipe that can be prepared in about 20 minutes.

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    Whiskey Salmon

    Whiskey Salmon
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    Whiskey salmon gets its name from a whiskey marinade, which pumps up the flavor of this fish and makes for a fantastic meal. Because of the sugar, you may get a flare-up when the fish hits the fire, so use long-handled tongs or a spatula to put this salmon on the grill. 

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    Grilled Salmon Taco

    Salmon tacos
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    Love fish tacos but never tried with salmon? Grilled Salmon Tacos have more flavor and the natural tenderness of the fish makes for an amazing taco. The spice rub that goes on the salmon before it hits the grill is loaded with flavor and makes this dish spectacular. 

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    Caper and Dill Salmon

    Grilled Caper and Dill Salmon
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    The tart flavor of capers gives a brightness to this dish while the bit of honey cuts the saltiness and brings balance to the marinade. The dill and lemon juice also add a bit of freshness. This is a quick and easy caper and dill salmon dish grills in minutes.

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    Salmon on a Plank with Rosemary

    Plank rosemary salmon
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    This plank cooking recipe for salmon includes a topping of fresh rosemary. On the grill, both the wooden plank and rosemary will create smoke, giving this salmon an amazing flavor. 

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    Orange Salmon Packets

    Orange Salmon Packets
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    Cooking food in packets (called papillote in French) is an easy and healthy way to combine ingredients without mess or fuss. It is also perfect for cooking delicate foods like thin fillets of salmon on the grill. The fish ends up steaming but the flavors from the grill do infuse the food (you don't get grill marks on the salmon, obviously). Topped with a sauce of orange juice, plain yogurt, garlic, and white wine, the salmon turns out incredibly moist and full of flavor.