First of all—skin is tasty! So when you’re cooking salmon, keep that skin on: It provides a safety layer between your fish’s flesh and a hot pan or grill. Start with the skin-side down, and let it crisp up. It’s much easier to slide a fish spatula under the salmon’s skin than under its delicate flesh.
Keeping this in view, can you grill salmon without foil?
While you can grill salmon without foil, I find that the best way to grill a fish is with a foil packet. Using foil to make a packet around the salmon keeps the salmon moist when grilling. It ensures the salmon turns out perfectly tender and flaky, not dry.
People also ask, do you grill salmon with lid open or closed?
Grilling the Salmon
Place your fillet skin-side up, and grill for 1-2 minutes with the lid closed. Once grill marks have formed, flip the fish over, close the lid, and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
How do you grill fish for beginners?
The easiest way to see if your salmon has finished cooking is to gently press down on the top of the fillet with a fork or your finger. If the flesh of the salmon flakes—meaning, it separates easily along the white lines that run across the fillet (strips of fish fat)—it’s finished cooking. Take it off of the heat!
Place foil packet on the grill and cover the grill. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through (or reaches desired done-ness).
Raise the heat to medium-high. Place the salmon, skin-side up in the pan. Cook until golden brown on 1 side, about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over with a spatula, and cook until it feels firm to the touch and the skin is crisp if desired, about 3 minutes more.
Brush the grill with oil to prevent sticking. Place salmon skin-side up and close the grill lid. Grill salmon for 6-8 minutes. Carefully flip the salmon and cook for another 6-8 minutes until the salmon is just cooked through and flakes easily.
Place the salmon skin side up over direct heat on the grill. Close the lid and let cook 3 to 4 minutes until grill marks form. Use tongs or a spatula to gently flip the salmon skin side down. Either reduce the heat to medium for a gas grill, or to indirect heat for charcoal.
Place the salmon in the center, then season evenly with melted butter, salt, black pepper, and minced garlic. I like to add lemon wedges because the juices will cook as they bake, mellowing out in acidity and tartness.
Grill the salmon on a 450°-500° F hot grill.
The number one way to ensure success when grilling fish is a smoking hot grill. Cook for skin side down for about 6-8 minutes on hot grates to ensure the fish (or any other protein) won’t stick to the grates and will lift easily away once it’s done.