One of the nutritious and health seafood that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is one of the most used ingredients in grilled dishes. The steps in grilling salmon are simple and easy to follow. To make sure that you will serve a delicious, tasty and flavorful grilled salmon, it is best to follow the grilling salmon tips that are discussed below.
Fillets and Steaks
Make sure that you put the fillets or steaks three to four inches from the source of heat. The fish should be placed on the grill with the skin on the expose part. Cooking time for salmon fillets and steaks should be four to six minutes or two to three minutes on each side. When the fish becomes flaky, you can remove it from the grill since it can still be cooked even when removed from direct heat.
Set the grill to high setting and wait for five minutes before placing whole salmon on the grill. Change the setting to medium heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes on each side. Make sure that the fish is placed at least three or four inches from the direct source of heat. Use tongs when turning the other side of the fish. When the meat starts to change its color, you can insert fork into the fish to check if it is flaky. Remove the fish from heat and wait for another two minutes before serving.
Additional Grilling Salmon Tips
If you want to draw out the natural flavor of the fish, it is best to sprinkle the meat with salt at least three minutes before placing on the grill. To enhance the flavor of the dish, place cucumber, dill and lemon on top of the fish and wrap salmon with aluminum foil. Use the direct grilling method and cook the fish for half an hour.
To prevent fire explosion, do not forget to brush vegetable oil or cooking oil on the grill. It is also important to make sure that the color of the fish becomes opaque before removing the meat from the grill because undercooked fish can be hazardous to your health. It is best to grill the fish right after it was purchased from the store. To improve the taste of grilled salmon, you can brush barbecue sauce or leftover marinate on the fish at the final minutes of grilling. Make sure that you eat the fish within one hour after grilling.