Grilled Salmon Recipes

Enjoy 20 of our favorite grilled salmon recipes, which deliver full flavor and healthy nutrients in every bite.

Nice and Crisp

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Nice and Crisp

Packed with flavor and heart-healthy fats, salmon can handle the grill, whereas flaky fish like cod, sole, and tilapia tend to fall to pieces. So delight friends and family with one of our delicious and healthy grilled salmon recipes at your next gathering, or whip up a favorite to incorporate more fish into your weeknight dinner menu.

First up is our Grilled Salmon and Brown Butter Couscous. Fire up the grill for dinner tonight. This grilled salmon recipe offers the perfect pairing for a hassle-free, great-tasting weeknight meal.

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Grilled King Salmon with Tomato-Peach Salsa

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Grilled King Salmon with Tomato-Peach Salsa

Use a peach that's just ripe so it's juicy but still holds its shape. King (also called chinook) salmon is the best quality and works well in this dish, though sockeye works.

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Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Mango Kiwi Salsa

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Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Mango Kiwi Salsa

The smoky grilled salmon stands up nicely to the spicy sweetness of the tropical salsa. Prepare the mango salsa before the salmon so the flavors have time to meld.

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Grilled Salmon with Tangy Cucumber Sauce

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Grilled Salmon with Tangy Cucumber Sauce

This recipe showcases the classic combination of salmon, cucumber, and horseradish. Use two spatulas to make handling the salmon easier. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

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Bourbon-Glazed Salmon

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Bourbon-Glazed Salmon

This recipe receives rave reviews, even from picky eaters who don't normally try salmon.

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Pan-Grilled Salmon with Red Pepper Salsa

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Pan-Grilled Salmon with Red Pepper Salsa

This grilled salmon recipe pairs rich fish with bright flavors. While the fish cooks, prepare the easy red pepper and tomato salsa.

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Grilled Pastrami-Style Salmon

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Grilled Pastrami-Style Salmon

The classic seasonings associated with beef pastrami taste fantastic on this grilled salmon. Allspice is a fairly strong spice, so if you're sensitive to its "burn," use the lesser amount. Purchase a whole center-cut salmon fillet so that it will cook more evenly than a cut that contains the thinner tail end.

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Grilled Salmon with Chorizo and Fingerlings

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Grilled Salmon with Chorizo and Fingerlings

Spanish chorizo is typically cured and has a smokier flavor profile than raw Mexican chorizo. If Spanish chorizo is unavailable, you can substitute Portuguese linguiça. Smoked paprika emphasizes the grilled flavor of the fish.

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Plank-Grilled Salmon with Grape Relish

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Plank-Grilled Salmon with Grape Relish

Serve this dish with pinot noir. Briny olives, sweet grapes, and rich salmon match well with the wine's balance of earthiness and acidity. Substitute picholine or other green olives, if necessary.

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Maple Grilled Salmon

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Maple Grilled Salmon

The sweet-sour marinade is cooked down to a syrupy glaze that's brushed on the salmon as it cooks. The citrus and maple flavors would also be tasty with pork. Garnish fillets with orange slices, if desired.

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Grilled Salmon with Smoky Tomato Salsa

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Grilled Salmon with Smoky Tomato Salsa

If you prefer a milder relish, remove seeds from the jalapeño before grilling.

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Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad

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Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad

The citrus vinaigrette blends well with the smoky salmon, sweet orange slices, and crisp spinach in this superfast, super healthy recipe.

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Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Orange Salsa

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Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Orange Salsa

Serve this smoky, flavorful salmon with Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce to round out the meal.

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Grilled Salmon with Apricot-Mustard Glaze

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Grilled Salmon with Apricot-Mustard Glaze

Friends and family will beg for the recipe when you serve this sophisticated take on salmon. Brush the fruit reduction on the fish at the last minute to prevent sugars from burning on the grill.

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Grilled Salmon with Roasted Corn Relish

Grilled Salmon with Roasted Corn Relish

Grilled chiles and corn give the relish a wonderfully smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with grilled salmon seasoned with just salt, pepper, and cumin. Serve with a mixed green salad to round out the meal.

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Ponzu Grilled Salmon with Golden Beet Couscous

Ponzu Grilled Salmon with Golden Beet Couscous

Israeli couscous, highlighted with sweet golden beets, is the perfect companion to the sweet-tart Ponzu sauce that coats the salmon. Try for wild Alaskan salmon; its rich, red color makes this dish gorgeous.

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Grilled Salmon with East-West Spice Rub and Orange-Soy Glaze

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Grilled Salmon with East-West Spice Rub and Orange-Soy Glaze

Don't remove the skin from the salmon until after you've taken it off the grill. The skin protects the flesh from the intense heat, allowing it to cook on just one side. This eliminates having to flip the fillets, which often fragments the fish.

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Grilled Wild Salmon and Vegetables

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Grilled Wild Salmon and Vegetables

You often can find different varieties of locally-grown onions at farmers' markets and occasionally at supermarkets. Use a grill basket to cook the fish and vegetables.

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Alder-Planked Salmon in an Asian-Style Marinade

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Alder-Planked Salmon in an Asian-Style Marinade

If you can get your hands on a filleted side of salmon, this is the recipe to choose. After a quick dip in a soy marinade rounded out with honey, ginger, and lemon, the salmon is grilled over indirect heat. Keeping it on a plank is one way to ensure that this large cut of fish stays extra-moist.

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Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad

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Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad

Prepare the dressing up to a day ahead. Coho salmon is especially good in this salad.

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