How to Smoke Salmon on a Gas Grill

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Salmon is one of the most healthful fish a person can eat. There are many ways that a family can prepare the salmon so that they don't get bored of eating it. One of those ways is to smoke the salmon. If you don't have a smoker you can still smoke your salmon on a gas grill. This is a great option for those summer-like days when you enjoy being outside. You get to spend some time in the fresh air while preparing a tasty meal for your family.



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Things You'll Need

  • Medium-Sized Bowl

  • Pepper

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Salt

  • Hickory Wood Chips

  • Plate

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Water

Step 1

Take out 1 1/2 cups of hickory chips and place them in a bowl. Fill the bowl with water and allow them to soak for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Salt and pepper your salmon and set it aside on a plate. You don't need a lot of spices when smoking salmon because the smoke gives the salmon its flavor.


Step 3

Take the cooking grate off of the grill and turn your grill on.

Step 4

Remove your hickory chips from the bowl and place them in aluminum foil. Wrap them up and begin poking holes through the aluminum foil with the end of a knife.

Step 5

Place the packet of wood chips over the hottest part of your gas grill's fire.

Step 6

Replace the cooking grate and turn your gas grill up to high heat.


Step 7

Oil your cooking grate by brushing on a good amount of oil. Don't be skimpy with the oil or it will cause the salmon to stick to the grill.

Step 8

Place your salmon on the grill rack and close the lid. Wait 4 minutes.

Step 9

Open the grill and flip the salmon over. You should notice the grill marks. Close the lid and wait another 4 minutes.

Step 10

Remove the salmon from the grill and set it on a platter. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes before serving. This gives the juices time to settle.


Marinate your salmon using your favorite marinade.

Use mesquite wood chips instead of hickory for a slightly different smokey flavor.


Salmon doesn't take that long to cook, so don't get distracted and forget about it.