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Do you have to flip salmon on the grill?

No, you don’t have to flip the salmon if you are concerned about it sticking. Well seasoned grates cook fish really well without sticking, but if you have unseasoned grates or are concerned, simply cook the salmon skin side down without flipping. You won’t get those beautiful grill marks, but the salmon will be able to cook through all the way with the lid of the grill closed.
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Grilled Salmon on a white plate with asparagus and a lemon wedge.
Simple Grilled Salmon is a summertime favorite! It's easy to make on the grill, and is light and healthy for a quick dinner that's good for you too.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
  • 4 skin-on salmon portions about 1-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • Rub flesh side of salmon portions with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour over salmon portions in a shallow dish or gallon sized plastic bag. Let marinate 30 minutes.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat, about 500 degrees F.
  • Place the salmon skin side up over direct heat on the grill. Close the lid and let cook 3 to 4 minutes until grill marks form.
  • Use tongs or a spatula to gently flip the salmon skin side down. Either reduce the heat to medium for a gas grill, or to indirect heat for charcoal. The salmon should release easily from the grill grates. Continue cooking with the lid close for another 4 minutes until salmon is cooked through and easily flakes with a fork. Salmon needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Serve salmon with lemon wedges to squeeze over just before eating.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 870mg | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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5 stars
I’ve never grilled salmon but always wanted to…this simple and easy recipe may just be the inspiration I’ve needed.


5 stars
Simple and great!

Mary Benjes

Love it!!

Marie Grippy

Sounds wonderful and healthy

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