How to BBQ Salmon


Salmon are well-known for two things: swimming upstream, and being delicious. A well-prepared salmon filet at a barbeque can lighten up an entire afternoon, and turn you into the hero of the hour. Thankfully, there is no one single way to prepare this fish: a barbequed salmon is a fish of many flavors, all of which are quite enjoyable.

Things You'll Need

  • Salmon filet
  • Barbeque grill
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Citrus (lemon)
  • Cilantro, tomatoes, jalapenos (optional)
  • Double-thickness aluminum foil
  • Bring your grill to high heat: on a charcoal grill, heat until the coals are white; on a gas grill, close the lid and collect heat.

  • Lay your fish on a sheet of double-thick aluminum foil.

  • Add spices as per your preferences. You can add as little as a simple baste of olive oil, salt, and a few drops of fresh lemon. But you can go as far as to add tomatoes, onions, lime juice, cilantro, or even jalapenos -- as long as it has the salt, olive oil, and some citrus.

  • Wrap the salmon tightly, folding in first from the ends like you would a burrito. This helps to keep the juices and flavors inside. Cover the grill as well, to keep in the moisture.

  • Cook each side of your salmon for 3-5 minutes at a time. After 6-10 minutes of cooking, check the meat to confirm that it is done: it should be firm, and chunky.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can BBQ without the aluminum foil, but you should do so on medium heat. At the same time, you have to be more careful that it doesn't dry out.
  • Don't overcook the salmon, as it will loose its juices and flavor.

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