Salmon Marinade For Luscious Grilled Salmon

If you're looking for a simple salmon recipe, this salmon marinade may be just what you need. The marinade goes together quickly, and after a short marinating time, the salmon is grill-smoked.

Keep the grill temperature down to low or medium low so the smoke has time to penetrate the fish.

Sesame Soy Salmon Marinade Recipe

This is good for salmon steaks for filet sections, and will marinate up to 4 pounds of fish.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil

Dissolve the brown sugar in the vinegar and soy sauce. Stir in the black pepper and garlic.

Combine the sesame oil with the vegetable oil, then pour the oil mixture into the soy sauce mixture, stirring briskly with a whisk.

Pour the salmon marinade over the fillets or steaks in a shallow baking dish. Marinate for 30 minutes, turning once. Alternatively, marinate in a plastic food storage bag.

Preheat your grill to medium low or low, 275-300 degrees Fahrenheit. Using charcoal? Position briquettes to one side of grill for indirect cooking. Toss a few soaked smoke wood chips (apple, alder or other mild wood) onto the burning coals. When the chips begin to smoke, place the salmon on the grill rack and cover.

If you're gas grill smoking, light burners on opposite ends of the grill, leaving a cool zone in the center. Place a small handful of soaked woodchips in a foil pouch and place over one of the hot burners.

Grill-smoke the salmon until it barely flakes when tested with a fork. At 275 degrees it will take from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on actual grill temperature and the thickness of the salmon.