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My salmon gets mangled

ChrisChris Posts: 117
edited 4:52PM in EggHead Forum
I have been doing salmon filets (skin on). I brush with EVOO salt/pepper, etc and grill flesh down, flip and grill the skin side. Always tastes good, but I continue to mangle the salmon a bit trying to flip it (sticks to the grid).

What am I doing wrong here? I would like to have a little better presentation. Maybe I should grill a little longer so it releases from the grid?

Thanks for the help.


  • Egg And IEgg And I Posts: 110
    Grid must be very clean, hot, and well oiled just before putting on the fish. When you turn it, put it on a fresh area of the grid, also oiled just before turning. Cook most of the way on the presentation side (as you note, it will have a better chance of releasing.) Try not to have it too cold when it goes on.

    With S&P & evoo, you won't have this problem, but rubs with sugar (like Raging River, one of my favorites) exacerbate the sticking.
  • two things to try. .

    1. make sure your grid is nice and clean and hot and then take a paper towel and wipe some oil on it before putting the fish on . ..

    2. what i like to do is take two or three lemons, slice them thin. . .. lay the lemon slices all over the grid and then put the fish on top of the lemon slices. . . .you won't get pretty grill marks on your fish, but you will end up with very nice moist fish that is perfectly done and it won't break up or get stuck to the grid. ...leave the lemon slice to stick and burn on the grid and just scrape em off later .. . .
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    1) Make sure your grid is clean.
    2) Once it is hot and just before putting you salmon flesh side down, take tongs with a wadded up, EVOO or oil-soaked paper towel and swab the grill thoroughly right where you will put the fish. This will almost always prevent sticking.
    3) Only leave it flesh down long enough to get a sear, then turn it skin down until the whitish fat oozes up on the surface.
    4) Pull it off the off the grill - onto a plate and cover with foil.

    ENJOY !

    We do this at least once a week.

    BTW - try it with a liberal dosing of Shaking the Tree or Raging River rubs from Dizzy Pig - they are da bomb! :woohoo:
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    Try starting with the skin down first. That should let the meat heat up a bit and may not stick so bad.

    I typically don't flip, with the exception to one recipe. With that one i take the skin off and it is in a marinade so it goes on pretty wet and never sticks. (knockin on wood) Planking them is fun, but my favorite is smoking it. The Egg does such a nice job smoking.
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    I like that one max. Gonna give that a go for sure.
  • ChrisChris Posts: 117
    Thanks everyone. Sounds like I need to oil the grid. That should take care of it. I do clean the grid off, but haven't been oiling it.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    skin down don't flip....
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,494

    I do fish quite often on oiled parchment. Everybody else is right about oiling the grid and skin down.



    Caledon, ON


  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    That's how I do it too. -RP
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