How to Cook the Perfect Salmon on a Pellet Grill

There's nothing better than a fresh pellet grill smoked salmon, and the good news is that pellet grill salmon is super easy to make—and even easier to eat up! Here's what you need to know.

    1. How to prepare your pellet grill
    2. What temperature do you cook salmon on a pellet grill?
    3. How to brine or season your salmon for pellet grill smoking.
    4. How to arrange your pellet grill salmon.

    How to prepare your pellet grill

    First things first. Lightly grease the grate of your pellet smoker with oil to avoid your fish sticking to the pellet grill. You want to do this before your grill is preheated since it will be easier to see without all the smoke and not too hot to touch.

    What temperature do you cook salmon on a pellet grill?

    When you smoke salmon on a pellet grill, you should preheat the grill to low heat, around 180-225°F. You want to remove the fish as soon as the internal temperature reaches 140°F. This can take up to 2 hours at low heat.

    If you're impatient, you can smoke your salmon at 350°F for 20-25 minutes—but you'll sacrifice a lot of the great smoky flavor you're looking for when you use a pellet grill.

    How to brine or season your salmon for pellet grill smoking.

    If you're preparing pellet grill smoked salmon to chill and eat cold, soaking it in brine is a good option. For a wet brine, you can create a saltwater solution with:

    • 1 part ground black pepper (1/4 cup)
    • 2 parts salt (1/2 cup)
    • 4 parts sugar (1 cup)
    • 32 parts water (1 gallon)

    With a brine, you don't need to season your salmon before cooking it on the pellet grill. Just let it sit for a few hours (or overnight) before drying them off well and throwing them on the grill!

    If you want to eat your pellet grill smoked salmon hot, there are even more seasoning options. Simply choose your favorite one: lemon, Cajun, dill, or anything else you can think of!

    How to arrange your pellet grill salmon.

    When you lay the salmon on to cook, it's important that you leave some space between each piece. This allows the smoke to circulate through your pellet grill and smoke your salmon to perfection. Also, be sure to lay them skin-side down.

    Now all that's left is to wait 2 hours, eat, and enjoy!