Simple Grilled Salmon Steaks (made indoors or out) are a staple at our house. When the weather isn’t optimal, we cook our salmon indoors using a grill pan, when the weather is fabulous, we cook it outdoors on the grill, both methods are equally delicious. 
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Simple Grilled Salmon Steak garnished with lemon and herbs


What I Love About Simple Grilled Salmon Steaks (made indoors or out):

This recipe is so simple it only requires salmon, sea salt, freshly ground pepper, olive oil and butter. By keeping ingredients minimal, this dish tastes great when paired with side dishes that may have a lot of flavor, like my Pasta with Fresh Pesto or my Chopped Greek Salad with Farro.

Three salmon steaks seasoned with sea salt and pepper on the bBQ grill




Salmon is high in protein and omega 3 fats, which are amazing for fighting inflammation. But there are differences in the quality of salmon available in most stores. If it is possible to purchase wild caught salmon in your area, I highly recommend it. Wild caught salmon is higher in the healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and wild salmon eat a natural diet that gives the meat that lovely salmon color. Farmed fish is grey and therefore unnaturally colored. Obviously, wild caught is best.

Grilled red fish steaks salmon on the grill pan surrounded by lemon wedges and cherry tomatoes

LET’S TALK How to Choose Fresh FISH Y’ALL!

1. It’s best not to buy fish wrapped in plastic. You should be able to smell the fish you are buying. I always buy mine from a fishmonger I trust. If he is handling it, cutting it etc… he will know if it’s not fresh.

2. Always buy fish the day you plan on making it, that way if your meal gets pushed back a day or two you can still use it.

3. When selecting fish always point to the piece you want. In grocery stores the freshest fish is placed in the front of the window, closest to you, and the fish from the day before is placed in the back, closest to the fishmonger. So when you are looking at the fish closest to you and ask for it, he pulls it from the back. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with that fish from the day before, it’s just not the freshest…and you want the freshest.

4. I always recommend eating wild caught salmon. It’s just plain better for you, better for the fish and the environment!

Crispy grilled salmon steak with cherry tomatoes and parsley


Common Questions: 

What’s the difference between a filet and a steak? The salmon steak is cut through the bone crosswise (perpendicular to the spine), e bone, a fillet is cut lengthwise parallel to the bone.

Can I make this recipe with salmon filets instead of steaks? Yes! Cooking time will vary though depending on how thick your filets are. I usually sear the filets for 3-4 minutes on the cooktop and then pop them in the oven at 350 for 4-6 minutes depending on thickness. 

Will the Thickness of the steaks determine cooking time? Yes. The thicker the steak the longer you leave the salmon on the grill or in the oven. This recipe uses 1″ thick salmon steaks. If yours are thicker you may need to add a minute or two per side. 

Do salmon steaks have bones? Yes. You may get a tiny bone here or there whether you eat filets or steaks, but steaks are more likely to have them. No need to worry though, t’s not usually a problem.

crispy grilled salmon steak with cherry tomatoes and parsley

The Recipe: Simple Grilled Salmon Steaks (made indoors or out)

What you need: as always a great sea salt, and if cooking indoors you will need a grill pan.

Simple Grilled Salmon Steaks (made indoors or out)
Prep Time
15 mins

A simple recipe for grilling salmon indoors or out. Great served with a flavorful side dish.

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled salmon, salmon steaks
Servings: 4
  • 4 salmon steaks, about 1" thick
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or ghee)
  • lemon wedges for garnish (optional)
For cooktop:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season both sides of salmon steaks with generous sea salt and pepper

  2. Heat a grill pan on high heat for 90 seconds. Turn heat down to medium, add olive oil and butter, swirl and then add steaks

  3. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes until seared and golden. Place in the oven for five minutes. Remove from oven, allow to rest for a few minutes, serve with lemon wedges if desired.

For Grill:
  1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees.

  2. Brush both sides of salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with desired amount of sea salt and pepper. Place on grill, close lid and cook for 4-5 minutes (until grill marks are established) turn and cook for 4-5 more minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle with melted butter or ghee. Serve!



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