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Perfect Grilled Salmon: Grilled Salmon is very simple, quick and easy and can be done in several different ways. Here's a simple guide to help you grill salmon, depending on the type, cut, marinade or seasonings.

Perfect Grilled Salmon


Perfect Grilled Salmon: An easy guide with a recipe for Grilled Miso Salmon- a simple, easy delicious recipe made with whole salmon fillet.


Units Scale
  • 11 1/2 lbs whole salmon filet (or individual pieces)
  • olive oil for brushing
  • salt to taste

Salmon Marinade

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup mirin – or sub 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced or grated
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke or use wood chips
Garnish with chives and sesame seeds ( both optional)


  1. Preheat grill to Medium (325F-350F). Add wood chips if using- see post body.
  2. If using skin-on salmon, pat the skin side dry, brush with olive oil and season with salt. Place on a piece of a parchment-lined sheet pan, skin down.
  3. Whisk the marinade ingredients until smooth in a small bowl. Brush liberally over the salmon, saving the rest for basting while grilling. You can refrigerate this overnight for more flavor.
  4. Grease the grill well. Carefully place the whole salmon over the grill. Feel free to add grillable veggies. Cover for 5 minutes and check.
  5. If using a whole fillet, do not flip, just continue cooking covered until the internal temp at the thickest part reaches 125-130 (Medium).  Inside should be flakey, with a slight translucency in the middle.
  6. Remove the salmon fillet using 2 metal spatulas, place it on a platter and serve immediately.
  7. (If grilling individual pieces, place skin side down first, grill for 5 minutes or until skin is crispy, turn over if you like, and cook for just a few more minutes, until internal temp reaches 125-130F. )


For skin-off salmon, feel free to cover all sides in the marinade for up to 48 hours.

If you like spice, a teaspoon of sambal or sriracha is tasty here too.


  • Serving Size: 4 ounces
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 7.3 g
  • Sodium: 170.3 mg
  • Fat: 14.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 24.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.1 mg

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