Traeger Grills are one of the most amazing grills on the market. They are definitely one of the most advanced brands with many features that are technologically advanced.
When you own a Traeger, you are up for so much cooking experience. They can be used in almost any meat including Grilled Salmon which is always a favorite.
There are certain ways that you should do in order to properly set up a Traeger Grill as well as steps that you need to take to properly grill salmon on a Traeger Grill.
So if you are looking for the perfect recipe for a grilled salmon in your Traeger Grill, then we have it here. We also have some tips to make your use of your Traeger Grill better.
Salmon is a pretty abundant kind of fish and it packs a lot of protein. It is also flavorful so it is perfect for when you are having some barbecues to give a little bit of a different flavor.
Traeger Grills are the best-known pellet grills on the market and for good reasons. They pack a lot of power plus you can control most models through your phone.
So whether you are chilling by the pool or just having fun in the backyard, you can still control the grill and have fun at the same time. That is why it is a favorite here.
You should definitely invest in one as it will bring a lot of benefits. Pellet grills are sometimes even better than the ones with charcoal as fuel because they produce a more authentic smoke.
So follow this recipe, which is some sort of a guide itself, so you can have the best-grilled salmon while having fun with your family.
Sweet Lemon Grilled Salmon on a Traeger
1 large salmon fillet or three small fillets
1/4 cup of butter
Half cup of olive oil
Rub A Dub, Fishy Fishy seasoning, and brown sugar to taste
3 teaspoons of honey
Step 1. Get the Traeger Heated Up
Traeger has their own pellets so you can use those for the best results. Load up the pellet hopper of your Traeger grill until it’s full.
From there, turn the grill on and set the temperature to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. This low-temperature smoke will bring the salmon a special texture.
It will somehow dry out the outermost layer of the salmon to keep the moisture inside the fish so that when you are going for the next step, the salmon stays flaky.
Step 2. Prepare the Rub
While waiting for the Traeger Grill to reach the desired temperature, get the Rub A Dub, Fishy Fishy seasoning, and Brown Sugar and mix them in a bowl.
Now, we labeled these ingredients ‘to taste’ because it really depends on your choice. For this recipe, we used 3 slices of salmon so we used 3 tablespoons of the ingredients each for the rub.
Mix them all together in a bowl and make sure that you do not put lumps of hardened sugar in there or you can go ahead and crumble them up.
Step 3. Skin the Salmon
While this is our preference, we would still recommend it to lessen the fat that goes into your food. The space between the skin and the meat of a salmon contains a little bit of fat.
When this fat burns, it gives a somewhat sour flavor that might get in the meat. So we prefer to remove the skin and you can do this with a filleting knife.
Get the salmon skin-side down, cut from the corner of the meat nearest to you, and then simply pull the skin off while running the knife underneath the meat.
Step 4. Rub
One by one, rub the salmon with olive oil and then put the rub on it. Putting oil instead of butter or mustard gives you less additional flavor to the already delicious fish.
So do this to all the cuts of salmon and then let it rest. By this time, the Traeger Grill is still probably heating up so you can let the salmon rest so it gets more of the flavor from the rub.
Step 5. Smoke
Since Traeger Grills are great in creating a smoky flavor, you should take advantage of it. So do not grill right away and let the salmon soak some more flavor from the smoke.
We set the Traeger Grill to a low temperature to do this. So get a Traeger Grilling Pan and place it on the rack before placing the salmons on the grill.
While loading the salmon on the grilling pan, make sure that you leave some space between each piece of salmon. This is to allow the smoke to work its way into the meat.
Let the salmon smoke for 20 minutes.
Step 6. Grill the Salmon
After 20 minutes under low temperature, it is time for the salmon to get grilling. So turn the heat up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit by turning the dial on the Traeger Grill.
Leave the salmon in the grill so that it continues to cook. Once it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit, set the meat probe, and put it on the largest piece of salmon.
We used the Traeger Grill Ironwood 650 in this recipe which has a meat probe to help us get a more accurate read on the temperature of the salmon inside the grill without opening the lid.
The goal that you would want the salmon to achieve is to reach a temperature reading of 145 degrees Fahrenheit on the meat probe.
So once the meat probe hits 140 degrees Fahrenheit, get your honey and glaze the salmons on top. There is no need to turn them over, just one-sided glazing will be enough.
Step 7. Serve
Place the Salmon on a plate and let them rest for about 5 minutes. Slice the lemon and squeeze the juice on top of the salmon.
Serve with lettuce and you are good to go!
Tips and Notes
This is a pretty easy recipe but it can be better. You cannot expect this to go perfect on your first try but with good repetition and technique, it will be perfect soon enough.
So here are some tips that you can use to improve your grilling.
Use Meat Probes
No matter what type of meat you are cooking, it is always great to have a meat probe so that you can get a better chance of finishing with the right type of meat you want.
A meat probe is a device that accurately tells you the temperature of the meat inside the grill or an oven. This way, you will know whether the meat is rare, medium-rare, or well done.
Keep the Traeger Clean
One problem with the Traeger grill is that the auger mechanism that delivers the pellets from the hopper to the burner will get clogged.
This happens especially when the pellets are dusted and are wet. So make sure that you keep it clean so it functions properly the next time you use it.
As much as possible, do not open the lid of the pellet hopper unless you are reloading or cleaning the grill. You should also clean the interior of the grill to make it efficient.
The food remains on the grill might get some flavors in your food so remove those every time that you have finished cooking and brush the grill grates.
Keep it Fresh
Whether it is salmon, chicken, pork, or beef, make sure that you get the freshest ingredients when you are grilling so you can get the best-tasting food.
Fresh food is a must so that you can grill them however you want. This also gives you a healthier diet since there are fewer bacteria that have possibly grown in fresh meats.
When you have a Traeger Grill, you can expect so many recipes that you can cook. It allows you to smoke meat, grill, and even sear on it.
It is a perfect appliance since it can connect to your WiFi and so you can control it from afar. So long as your phone and the grill are both connected to the same WiFi source.
It has so much to offer and versatility. Grilling salmon is one example since it is a delicate fish and needs to be looked after while cooking so it does not overcook.
This way, you can keep track of the cooking process without standing beside the raging heat of the grill. So you can grill a salmon in a Traeger Grill with less hassle.
So now it is time for you to try it. Follow the recipe and get the most out of the guide to make sure that you have a delicious taste of the sea along with your barbecues!