Grilled Salmon Wrapped in Bacon

Updated on August 18, 2015
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Paul is a barbecue enthusiast. He is currently grilling and smoking on a Komodo Kamado Ultimate 23.

Grilled Salmon Bacon Wrapped
Grilled Salmon Bacon Wrapped

Grilled Salmon Wrapped in Bacon

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The Secret to Great Grilled Salmon is Keeping the Meat Moist

If you have ever had the problem of overcooking 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. However, with practice it can be mastered. This summer I'm calling it the Summer of Seafood where we will master several great recipes. I'm kicking it off with this salmon recipe that is a bit easier to keep moist because the bacon wrap bastes the fish with the rendered fat as the fish is grilled.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 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
  • Peper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Whole Mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup, Grade B

Salt and Pepper Salmon to Taste

A two pound piece of salmon fillet is a pretty good sized 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.

Wrap Bacon around the salmon fillet and hold in place with toothpicks
Wrap Bacon around the salmon fillet and hold in place with toothpicks

Wrap Bacon around the Salmon Fillet

Starting at one end of the salmon fillet, begin to spiral wrap the bacon around the fish. Insert a toothpick through the bacon, through the salmon and out through 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 to wrap it.

Mustard and Maple Syrup Sauce
Mustard and Maple Syrup Sauce

Mix the Maple Syrup and Mustard Together

As the salmon rests, mix the two tablespoons of whole dijon mustard with four tablespoons of maple syrup. Using a fork, mix the ingredients together.

Grill the Salmon

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. So, I grill the salmon on the high rack in my grill about three minutes a 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 twelve 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.

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        Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        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!

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        Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

        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!

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        Sam Shepards 2 years ago from Europe

        Looks delicious. Should have done more BBQ this summer, but no worries we'll get out the grill. Hmm wrapped in Bacon.

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        Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

        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.

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        BristolBoy 2 years ago from Bristol

        Very interesting - I often have chicken wrapped in bacon but never salmon. I will definitely have to try this some time!

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        Korneliya Yonkova 3 years ago from Cork, Ireland

        Voted high, it is really useful for me, I am a compulsive salmon eater :)

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        peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        Yum yum morelike salmon kebab for party

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        Ryan Fuller 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

        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.

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        Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        This makes my mouth water. Salmon is awesome, and adding bacon and Dijon? What's not to love? Pinning this one!

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        Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

        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.

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        Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

        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.

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        Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        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.

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        Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        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.

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        Thomas Dowling 3 years ago from Florida

        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

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        Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

        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!

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        Chad Bunch 3 years ago from Florissant, MO

        Wow. That looks and sounds amazing. I think I know what I will be trying this weekend.

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        Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

        Paul, this looks delicious. I love salmon and will try this recipe of yours. Thank you for sharing it.

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        Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

        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 :)

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        Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

        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!