Salmon is a flexible and quick meal, and a prime candidate for grilling fish. Grilled salmon recipes are notorious for easy digestion, nutritious value, and effortless preparation. Some of the top choices in variety are king, coho, and sockeye. For high-quality salmon, wild-caught is the best bet. Farm-raised salmon are fattier and have a milder taste. Keep a watchful eye for any brown spots, discoloration, or bruising when choosing fresh cuts of salmon.
Before grilling, allow the salmon to acclimate to room temperature for 20 minutes. Always oil your grill grates and the salmon before placing it on the grill. Preheat your grill to 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit, cooking for 6-8 minutes before flipping and no longer than 12 minutes total. Your thermometer should read at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit for a medium doneness and 145 degrees Fahrenheit when the salmon is well done.
When it comes to flipping your salmon, it is simply a matter of preference. If you decide to, it is best to only flip once until the salmon is finished cooking to avoid breaking it apart. If you are grilling with the skin on, cook it with the skin face down on the grate to prevent sticking. You never want to force the fish from the grate. Use a spatula instead of tongs when possible.
There are some options when striving for a moist cut of salmon on the grill. Wine, water, butter, vinegar, olive, or grapeseed oil wrapped in a foil pack with your fish will certainly increase the moisture and tenderness of it. Grilling with the skin on protects the flesh. You may also try using a plank of cedar wood with the skin facing down to prevent physical contact with the grate. Be observant of the internal temperature of your salmon. Set a timer if you must to avoid overcooking.
Salmon is a very versatile fish that pairs well with many flavors of the taste spectrum. Marinating the salmon in a salt brine, olives, capers, or soy sauce is a fantastic way to add a salty flavor to your dish. Citrus and vinegar are key for a sour but diverse flavor. To obtain a pleasant, sweet flavoring, try adding honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar to your grilled salmon recipes. Onions, garlic, ginger, and sesame are powerful additives for a unique and savory cuisine. However, oil, salt, and pepper alone will suffice for a quick and simple meal.
A simple brine can be created by soaking your salmon in a dish with 1 tablespoon of salt per each cup of water. This method can be used to marinate your fish for 10 minutes or even overnight. Of the broad variety of herbs and spices available, most of these will compliment your recipes for grilled salmon very well. Garlic, chives, rosemary, tarragon, and fresh dill couple exquisitely with salmon when deciding on a marinade.