How to Make the Best Marinated Grilled Salmon
Follow these easy grilling tips for THE BEST, easy grilled salmon recipe that’s about to become your new favorite healthy dinner.
You, too, can make the BEST grilled salmon on a cedar plank on the grill. This salmon has a slightly sweet and smoky flavor and is grilled to perfection in just 15 minutes!
During cooking, the marinade creates a nice glaze so that the salmon fillets are slightly crispy on the outside and lightly scaled on the inside. This simple grilled salmon isn't only delicious, and it's effortless to prepare.
The salmon marinade is directly mixed in a zip-lock bag, and the fish is grilled on top of a cedar plank placed just above the grill grates, making cleanup easy!
This recipe is brought to you by my Hubby, he is excellent on the grill, and I love how he's also a big foodie and always comes up with recipes to upgrade the traditional ways of making a dish.
No matter how skillful the grill you claim to be, my man's advice makes it easy to take control of the charcoal and serve a tender and moist, silky salmon dinner that won't get overcooked or leave not half of your fillet stuck on the grill.
How to grill salmon like a pro?
Heat the grill over medium heat and place the pre-cooked grill board directly on the grill. Carefully place the salmon on the grill board. Cover and cook the salmon for 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of the fillet, make sure you soak the Cedar Plank in water for at least one hour before grilling
The Salmon Marinade
And here's what goes into the salmon marinade. First, it adds a garlicky flavor to the salmon and makes it wonderfully caramelized.
Soy sauce is the key ingredient here. Because it is salty, it acts like a brine, injecting flavor and juiciness into the flesh of the salmon. However, it does not make salmon tasteless.
How you know the salmon is cooked
The side of the salmon changes color from translucent to opaque; or
The internal temperature of the salmon is 120°F (medium-rare), or 130F (for medium). Therefore, I cannot endorse cooking salmon beyond medium!
4 salmon fillets, skin on best (150-180g/5-6oz each, Note 1)
Olive oil, for cooking
1/3 cup soy sauce, low sodium
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. Kosher salt
1 tbsp. Ground Black Pepper
In a bowl, mix all your ingredients for the marinade.
Place marinade in a zip lock bag and toss to combine.
Add the salmon and massage to the coat. Leave to marinate for 3 to 24 hours (1-hour minimum). Make sure to mix around thoroughly as to get all parts of the salmon marinated.
Take out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.
Place the salmon on the plate, letting the excess marinade drip off.
SAUCE (BASTING + SERVING):
Pour remaining marinade into a small sauce and simmer over medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes until syrupy.
Pour into bowl/jug (some used for basting, some for serving).
Brush barbecue grates with oil. Then preheat over medium heat (or medium-low for powerful barbecues).
Drizzle oil over salmon, place on barbecue,
Place skin side down on cedar plank cook for 12-15 minutes direct heat under plank.
Pour mixture over salmon, remove the plank, and then sear all sides of the salmon except skin side for 1 minute each over flames.
Transfer salmon to plate and serve with remaining Sauce.
What to Serve with Grilled Salmon?
If you were looking for some side dishes to pair with this salmon recipe, I would suggest these recipes below.