Paul is a barbecue enthusiast. He is currently grilling and smoking on a Komodo Kamado Ultimate 23.
The Secret to Great Grilled Salmon is Keeping the Meat Moist
If you have ever overcooked fish, you are not alone. Overcooking is probably the single worst thing a griller can do, but getting perfectly grilled fish is hard to do whether you are grilling a whole salmon or a side of salmon. With practice, however, grilling perfectly moist fish can be mastered. I've deemed this summer the "Summer of Seafood", during which I will master several great recipes and share them online. I'm kicking it off with this salmon recipe that keeps the fish moist by bacon wrap: The bacon wrap bastes the fish with the rendered fat as the fish is grilled.
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Serves four people 8 ounces of salmon
Salmon Wrapped in Bacon With Maple Mustard Sauce
- 2 lbs Salmon, fresh, skinned fillets
- 6 - 8 strips Applewood Bacon
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons Dijon Whole Grain Mustard
- 4 tablespoons Maple Syrup, Grade B
- A two-pound salmon fillet is a large chunk of fish. Using a sharp knife, trim off the skin and then slice it into pieces about two inches wide. The fillet needs to be the diameter that a piece of bacon can wrap around it.
- Season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste.
- Starting at one end of the salmon fillet, spiral wrap the bacon around the fish. Insert a toothpick through the bacon and through the salmon. Make sure the toothpick pierces the bacon on the other side. Do this on each end of the bacon. Each fillet should take 1.5 to 2 pieces of bacon.
- As the salmon rests, combine the whole grain dijon mustard with the maple syrup. Using a fork, mix the ingredients together.
- Since the salmon is wrapped in bacon, the fat from the bacon will baste the fish as it cooks, but the fat drippings will also flare-up. I grill the salmon on the high rack in my grill about three minutes each side and rotate it a quarter turn after each interval. After each three minute period, baste the salmon with the maple syrup and mustard sauce.
- After about 12 minutes of grill time, I crank the heat on my grill to high and move the salmon to the lower part. There I sear the bacon for about 30 seconds on each side to add a little crisp.
- Let the salmon rest five minutes and serve. Using an instant-read thermometer the salmon should have an internal temperature of 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grilled Salmon Wrapped in Bacon
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on June 28, 2019:
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 06, 2015:
I just saw this hub again. I pinned it over a year ago and forgot about it. I've got to try this soon! Looks heavenly!
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on November 05, 2015:
Looking forward to trying this dish, fish is my husband's favorite food, the bacon will add a special taste to it. Nearly summer in New Zealand, barbecue weather, this recipe will be on the menu. Yum!
Sam Shepards from Europe on October 19, 2015:
Looks delicious. Should have done more BBQ this summer, but no worries we'll get out the grill. Hmm wrapped in Bacon.
Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on August 20, 2015:
Hello, Paul. Salmon is my second favorite fish (next to tilapia)! How much more when it's wrapped in bacon!
Just looking at the photos makes my mouth water!
I've got to try this yummy recipe sometime.
BristolBoy from Bristol on April 11, 2015:
Very interesting - I often have chicken wrapped in bacon but never salmon. I will definitely have to try this some time!
Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on February 14, 2015:
Voted high, it is really useful for me, I am a compulsive salmon eater :)
peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 30, 2015:
Yum yum morelike salmon kebab for party
Ryan from Louisiana, USA on August 01, 2014:
Man I love bacon and salmon. I have never thought about putting those together. I love using a honey balsamic vinegar glaze on my salmon but I am definitely going to try the honey mustard and syrup together. Thanks for sharing this.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 01, 2014:
This makes my mouth water. Salmon is awesome, and adding bacon and Dijon? What's not to love? Pinning this one!
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on June 05, 2014:
You're killing me here, Paul! Trying to get some work done and you have beautiful pictures of food. Now I have to go eat!:)
Very well done recipe.
Claudia Mitchell on May 21, 2014:
This looks good, and not too hard to make. Now if I could just get my husband to eat salmon I'd be set. Nice recipe.
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2014:
Yum. The bacon would give a really interesting taste to regular grilled salmon. It does sound delicious and quick to cook. Thanks for the excellent recipe and instructions.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on May 13, 2014:
I've made the same mistake overcooking Salman till it comes out dry. Fish cooks so quick that we really have to watch it. The idea of wrapping the bacon around it sounds like a great solution as the oils from the bacon keep the salmon moist. I look forward to trying this sometime soon.
Thomas Dowling from Florida on May 13, 2014:
This does look delicious, Paul. My bar-b-que grill is busted. Think we can try this using a cast iron grill you put over the burners of a stove?
Rated up & Useful. -TD
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2014:
Usually we prepare salmon inside whether cooking stove top or in the oven but this sounds really good. Pinning this to my fish board. As they say...everything is better with bacon! Ha!
Chad Bunch from Florissant, MO on May 12, 2014:
Wow. That looks and sounds amazing. I think I know what I will be trying this weekend.
Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on May 12, 2014:
Paul, this looks delicious. I love salmon and will try this recipe of yours. Thank you for sharing it.
Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 12, 2014:
A summer of seafood sounds great to me! As a Scottish fisherman, it may surprise you to learn that I've never fished for salmon in my life - I only do saltwater/sea fishing. I do, however, appreciate very much the value of the King of Fish and love your idea. I do have salmon fisherman contacts so will need to add this to my summer fish cooking agenda :)
swilliams on May 12, 2014:
That looks really good! I don't believe I've ever had Salmon prepared this way, and the cook time is fast. I'll have to try this. Looks Yummy!