This article will talk you through how to make grilled salmon stove top! It is one of my favorite recipes because it can be done at any time of year and is relatively inexpensive. If you have never made baked or broiled fish before, this is a great way to start.
I’m going to assume that if you are reading this then you love seafood so I will not go into much detail about why grilled salmon is good for you. But I will tell you all you need to know!
Grilling your food does not only taste better than boiling or frying, it also helps preserve some of the nutrients in the meat. And when cooked with olive oil and salt, grilled foods become more delicious and addictive which may be a factor in eating more of them!
There are two main reasons people like to eat salmon every week. One is because it is high in omega-3 fat, an essential nutrient needed for healthy skin, blood, muscles and nerves. Omega-3s help keep your heart healthy by lowering blood lipids (fats) and preventing clot formation.
The other is due to its low cholesterol content. However, there are different types of cholesterol, some healthier than others. Certain types of saturated fats increase LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels and contribute to atherosclerosis or plaque buildup in the arteries.
Brush fish with oil
After washing your salmon, you will need to brush it with olive or vegetable oil to prevent burning or drying out. This can be done either before cooking or right after cleaning!
Once it is grilled, drizzle some of the leftover grill sauce onto the plate to taste. You want enough so that you can taste the flavor of the salmon, but not too much that it becomes salty and gross.
These tips work for any type of fish like trout, cod, flounder, etc. To make sure it does not burn during baking, place the fillets in a pan or on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper or foil. This way they are more contained and able to cook slightly faster.
Cook fish on grill for 5-7 minutes per side
When cooking salmon, there are two things to consider: how to cook it and what kind of sauce or garnish you want to use!
How to cook your salmon depends on if you like yours more crispy or flaky. For a slightly crispier texture, broil it first and then finish it on the grill. This way it will taste good with either buttery pan juices or grilled olive oil and lemon.
For fluffier fish, start by grilling it and then finishing it under the broiler or in a hot oven.
Serve with your favorite veggies and crusty bread
This salmon stove top recipe is one of our favorites because it’s pretty straightforward to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients.
The hardest part will be choosing which vegetables to use as toppings. We like to start with baby carrots, red bell pepper strips, and then add sun-dried tomato pieces, sliced mushrooms, and/or shredded lettuce.
After that, it’s just matter of mixing and matching until you create the perfect grilled vegetable pile. And don’t forget the olive oil! That helps keep everything from sticking together.
And if there are any leftover components? Chop them up and put them in a glass jar or container with some labels for an easy back-up snack.
Serve with roasted potatoes and a salad for a complete meal
When it comes to grilled salmon, there are two main ways to cook it. You can either grill or broil it until it is cooked all the way through and then plate it and serve it like any other meat.
The trick here is making sure it is cooked all the way through but still raw in the middle where you want some flavor. If your looking to add more texture to your fish, broiling is the better route as that will happen naturally when cooking it at higher temperatures.
If you would rather have flatter, lighter flavored fish, choosing grilling over broiling is the best option. The reason being, while broiling will give you slightly charred skin which we love, grilling will leave your fish very oily. This does not taste good and could hurt how well your fish tastes if you do not remove this oil.
To avoid having to wash too much water off your fish after baking it, use a low-carbohydrate sauce or olive oil as a liquid instead of butter or milk.
Use with other meat or vegetables
When you are almost ready to eat your salmon, grill it again! To make sure it does not burn, place the grilled side up in a broiler-safe pan or baking sheet that has been preheated in the oven. Broil for 2–4 minutes until browned and slightly crispy.
Once done, let cool slightly before slicing and serving. This will ensure all of the delicious flavor and texture comes through as well as possible! If needed, warm gently under a broiler or cook directly from the fridge until warmed through.
If you like this recipe, try making our other recipes in the Cooking section! Some ideas include: Mexican Tacos, Roasted Asparagus, and Crispy Parmesan Rounds.
Dump the marinade and use the fish as a topping
While grilling salmon, you can either grill it whole or cut it into pieces. If cutting it into pieces, make sure to keep some of the fillets attached so that it does not lose too much flavor!
To make your grilled salmon more than just plain old white meat, we like to mix it up with an acid-base mixture and then top it with olive oil and lemon juice. Then, cook it under a broiler or stovetop flame until it is hot and crispy outside while still being warm and flakey inside.
Tips for great grilled salmon
When cooking fish like flaky, thick cut white or light colored fillets, such as trout or snapper, make sure to give it enough time to cook through before serving so that it is fully cooked and flatbreads like bread or rice can be placed in between each slice to create thin, crispy buttery layers!
That’s what we call crunch-to-cook ratio! To ensure perfect grill flavor and texture, remember to baste your meat during the cooking process. The best way to do this is by using a lathering brush or piece of paper towel dipped into melted fat or olive oil and wiping the pan frequently.
To keep oily foods from burning, add some salt to the surface of the food. This will draw out more moisture, preventing sticking and/or greasy fingers. Lastly, when the food is almost finished baking, slide it under the broiler or turn the oven up a bit to finish browning and crispizing it.
Grilled salmon is one of our favorite dishes to make because it is full of healthy oils and nutrients.
Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat under the fish
When cooking salmon in the oven, make sure to cover it with either butter or olive oil and top it with a piece of parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. This helps keep the grease from burning onto the grill as the fish bakes and also allows for more browning of the skin.
When using the stovetop method, remember that lids are not needed unless the recipe calls for them. If the cook does decide to use a lid, then only put a broiler-safe pan size one so that no part of the cooked food gets burned by hot steam.
And lastly, be careful not to burn yourself when taking the plate out! We recommend holding the handle of the plate up and pulling it down slowly.