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Grilled Marinated Salmon

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grilled marinated salmon

After the success of our first homemade fish dish, we’ve decided to try to incorporate fish into our dinner menu once a week now. Last week we made this grilled salmon, which marinates in a simple soy sauce and brown sugar marinade a few hours before grilling. It was so good (Rachel had seconds!) we decided to make it again, and of course, photograph it.

We served our grilled salmon along side roasted asparagus and wild rice. As it all looked and tasted so good, and because it’s something we’ve never made before, it felt a bit like we had gone out to a fancy restaurant. Only we hadn’t, because if we did I don’t think they’d keep us long with Baby Boy’s recent penchant for throwing food on the floor when he is done eating. Luna, our Corgidor dog, doesn’t mind. But I think a fancy restaurant would!

Grilling salmon was definitely a bit trickier than baking tilapia. Not because of the type of fish, though maybe that has something to do with it. When I first grilled last week it came out perfect. I cooked on one side the 6 to 8 minutes, then flipped and went about 5 minutes and it was done. I used a metal spatula so the fish didn’t break apart, which I realized was going to happen with the tongs I first attempted to use. But this week I guess I had the heat too high on the grill, or maybe I didn’t spray it enough, but the salmon stuck to the grill so that when I went to flip it I had trouble getting up underneath it. Then, because bits of salmon were falling off, I had huge tongues of fire licking up all around it! I managed to recover well enough and not lose much of our dinner, but it was definitely hairy there for a moment.

So my recommendation is to definitely spray the grill, don’t walk away from it (or for too long), and to keep an eye on your heat. Also, don’t pick up a piece of Salmon that is too thick.

Dinner still came out great the second time around, so we aren’t discouraged and are planning on doing a new fish recipe again next week. Perhaps something on the grill, as we’re winding down the grilling season. If you have any favorite fish recipes please share in the comments below – we’re loving the new addition to our weekly menu!

Grilled Marinated Salmon


  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
  • lemon pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

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grilled marinated salmon


5 thoughts

  • August 30, 2012 at 9:27 am

    This marinade sounds delicious–I love fish dishes, so these recipes have been awesome for me. Alas, someday I will be able to have a grill! 🙂

    • Chris
      September 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Oh yes Tara, you need a grill! I bet you could broil this too though, and still have it come out delicious!

  • September 6, 2012 at 11:25 am

    The crust on this looks perfect! It’s funny how kids think making a mess is hysterical…although I guess it kind of is. My friend’s 2 year old had a great time drinking water and then spitting it out like a fountain for, oh, about an hour, last weekend. It’s always entertaining when I don’t have to clean it up! 🙂

    • Chris
      September 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      That’s exactly how I used to feel, now I’m the one cleaning up the mess. Though, even having to clean it up, I don’t mind the mess that much 😉

  • Nicole
    October 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    The sugar will make it stick but you can counteract this either spraying the grill or use non stick grill trays. They have them at most home improvement stores and you can remove them to wash them!

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