Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon
Grilled salmon is one of the things I have to eat when I visit the Northwest.  Like rain, it just has to happen.  My in-laws introduced me to this delight just a few weeks after I married The Good Guy.  We spent our first summer living with them while he interned at Microsoft.  My father-in-law was the barbecue king.
While we were visiting the family last week, my sister-in-law brought home a fresh from the boat salmon.  It was so fresh that there was no fishy smell.  It was wonderful!  And if you can lay your hands on some fresh fish, it’s a really easy thing to make.

Grilled Salmon
  • 1 whole salmon (preferably deboned and cut into two halves for faster cooking)
  • 1 fresh lemon, sliced (discard the ends)
  • 1 package fresh dill
  • ½ onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • pepper
  1. Lay the fish on foil wide enough to seal.
  2. Put the slices of lemon, onion rings and dill springs over the salmon and sprinkle liberally with pepper (see photo above).
  3. Top with other half of fish.
  4. Seal completely with foil.
  5. Lay on a preheated barbecue (I use a gas grill: heat on high, cook on low) and cook for about an hour.
  6. Check for done-ness by opening the foil and flaking with a fork.
  7. Do this test where the fish is at its thickest; that is the place that will be done last.




12 thoughts on “Grilled Salmon

  1. >Kristen, I love salmon but we haven't made it on the grill. We're going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. >I love salmon and have it at least once a week! I'd love to cook a whole salmon, but there are only two of us:)

  3. >My son has been salmon fishing twice in Alaska. The charter company cleans and filets the fish they catch, pack it in dry ice and ship it to his home in California. He has told me there is nothing better than fresh caught wild salmon on the grill. I'll have to pass your recipe on to him and try it myself with fish from the seafood market.

  4. >man, that's looks pretty to me .. nothing better than fresh fish and your simple prep with lemon and dill is just the best …

  5. >I am a total salmon addict, so I empathize with your addiction. I love this simple preparation! Really makes the salmon shine through.

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