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Grilled Sockeye Salmon

When grilling sockeye salmon on your Z Grills pellet smoker, there’s no secret recipe. The key to great salmon is knowing exactly how to cook sockeye salmon on the grill—and this recipe will walk you through it step by step.
Servings 4
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • cooking spray OR cooking oil
  • 1 lemon
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Allow the salmon filets to rest for 15 minutes outside of the fridge. Allowing your fish to come to room temperature before grilling ensures it cooks evenly and doesn’t dry out.
  • Preheat your Z Grills pellet grill to medium-high heat, around 350° F to 400° F, with your favorite Z Grills wood pellets.
  • Oil the grill grates with cooking spray or a paper towel soaked in oil.
  • Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the salmon. Place the sockeye salmon filets skin side down on the oiled grates. Do not move them once you place them.
  • Grill the salmon until the flesh is opaque and flaky, about ten minutes. Fish should have an internal temperature of 145° F for safe consumption. Use a meat thermometer to gauge an accurate internal temperature. If you like the flesh charred, you can flip the salmon once
  • Allow the salmon to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice or a lemon wedge.


This is a bare-bones recipe for salmon. If you want to add your favorite seasonings or modify one of your other favorite salmon recipes for the pellet grill, this guide will help you do it.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Seafood