How to Cook Salmon on an Indoor Grill

Grilled salmon steaks or fillets are a heart-healthy basis for any meal. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower levels of low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs, in your blood. It takes a very short time to grill salmon fillets or steaks, making them a good choice for busy households. Grilling salmon indoors is not complicated or difficult, and it's a good way to have the flavor and nutrition of salmon year-round.

AN overhead view of salmon filets and lemons on a grill pan. (Image: AVNphotolab/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Run your salmon under a cool trickle of water to rinse away any stray scales or bits of skin. Blot the fish with paper towels.

Step 2

Sprinkle the tops of the salmon with a squeeze of lemon juice and season it with salt and pepper or your favorite seasonings. Salmon's mild flavor goes well with almost any herb or spice.

Step 3

Coat your indoor grill's rack with nonstick cooking spray. This keeps the salmon from sticking and makes cleaning up easier.

Step 4

Turn the indoor grill on to medium and let it heat up. Set the salmon on the hot grill, skin side down if it's a fillet with the skin still on. Let the salmon cook for 10 minutes per each inch of thickness, divided by two. So, let a 1-inch-thick salmon steak or fillet cook for five minutes. The timing doesn't have to be exact; this is just a good rule of thumb.

Step 5

Turn the salmon carefully with a pancake turner. Sprinkle the top with lemon juice, salt, pepper and seasonings and let it cook for another five minutes.

Step 6

Check the salmon for doneness by probing the fish with a fork. It is done when it is opaque all the way through and it flakes easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • Lemon juice (optional)

  • Salt (optional)

  • Pepper (optional)

  • Seasonings (optional)

  • Pancake turner


Brush your salmon with olive oil before and during cooking for a slightly crispy outside.


Never spray nonstick cooking spray onto a grill with the heat source turned on.

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