Grilled Salmon Fillets
Set your fears aside: If you stick to our method, your grilled salmon will release easily and cleanly from the cooking grate.
Why This Recipe Works
The first step in successfully grilling fish fillets is to properly prepare your grill's cooking grate, but this takes a little time and diligence. By repeatedly cleaning and oiling the grate each time you grill, you transform the grate into an almost-nonstick cooking surface. For extra protection against sticking, we oiled both sides of the salmon. We also started grilling the fillets flesh side down to sear the flesh when the cooking grate was at its hottest. Rather than risk dropping or breaking the fillets while flipping them, we used a fish spatula to gently roll the fillets onto their skin side. Finishing the grilling with the oily skin side down provides a little extra insurance against sticking.