4 Easy and Delicious Traeger Salmon Recipes

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Salmon is incredible but can easily be overcooked, making it dry and uninteresting.

Surprisingly, this is the main problem with nearly all salmon recipes.

One of my favorite things about Traeger salmon recipes is that the flavor and texture lend themselves to many styles of cuisines and preparation.

Salmon is a delicious fish that’s versatile and easy to find.

You can poach, grill, blacken, serve as sashimi, and plate hot or cold.

You can do quite a lot with salmon.

The trick is finding the right cut, balancing your flavors to complement and not overpower each other.

I came across these four amazing recipes that will get you hooked, and you’ll be glad to add them to your meal plan.

These are my favorite and go-to recipes when I need to quench my salmon craving.

Salmon fillets are the most effortless cuts to prepare and cook.

These recipes are quick and healthy for busy people.

You also don’t need fancy ingredients to enjoy your salmon. It’s delicious all on its own.

This article will look at the Garlic salmon, Citrus, Smoked salmon with overnight marinade, and Grilled, blackened Saskatchewan salmon. .

Why these Traeger salmon recipes are the best

You’re going to love these recipes because:

They require few ingredients
They’re quick and easy dishes to prepare
You can make them any day or time of the week
They need minimal time to cook and clean up

Grilled garlic salmon

If you have no time to fire up a grill, you can make this tasty dish by brushing garlic, parsley, and olive oil mixture on your salmon, sticking it into the oven, and enjoying it after a long day..

Ingredients

5 (2-3 pounds) salmon fillet, skin-on
Traeger Fin & Feather rub
One ¼ cup olive oil
Ten tablespoons of minced garlic
2 ½ tablespoons fresh minced parsley
Three large lemons sliced
Lemon wedges, for serving

Method

1.Set the Traeger temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat the lid closed for 15 minutes.
2.Line the baking sheet with parchment or butcher paper. Place lemon slices on the bottom of your baking sheet. Place salmon on top of the lemons skin-side down on your baking sheet—season with the Traeger Fin & Feather Rub.
3.In a small bowl, mix the olive, parsley, and garlic. Brush the garlic mixture over your salmon fillet. Reserve any of the remaining garlic oil.
4.Insert the probe into the thickest part of your salmon fillet. Set baking sheet on the grill grates, close lid, and cook until the internal temperature gets to 135 degrees F and your salmon flakes easily, 30 minutes.
5.Remove your salmon from the grill and brush with the remaining garlic oil. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

You can bake some asparagus on your oven’s top rack for the same amount of time and serve it with your salmon. You can also squeeze some sriracha on top, which is optional.

Grilled garlic salmon

Grilled garlic salmon

This garlic salmon recipe is so easy it never fails to impress!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 348 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Ib salmon fillet
  • 1 Traeger Fin and Feather rub
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 10 tablespoons garlic
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 3 lemon
  • Lemon wedges

Instructions
 

  • Set the Traeger temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat the lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment or butcher paper. Place lemon slices on the bottom of your baking sheet. Place salmon on top of the lemons skin-side down on your baking sheet—season with the Traeger Fin & Feather Rub.
  • In a small bowl, mix the olive, parsley, and garlic. Brush the garlic mixture over your salmon fillet. Reserve any of the remaining garlic oil.
  • Insert the probe into the thickest part of your salmon fillet. Set baking sheet on the grill grates, close lid, and cook until the internal temperature gets to 135 degrees F and your salmon flakes easily, 30 minutes.
  • Remove your salmon from the grill and brush with the remaining garlic oil. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 403mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 208IUVitamin C: 101mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 2mg
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Citrus salmon

Give your palate a pleasant treat by slathering your salmon in butter, lemon, and dill. Salmon and dill work great together..

Ingredients

Two tablespoons of unsalted butter softened
½ teaspoon lemon zest
One teaspoon of lemon juice
Two teaspoons of freshly chopped dill
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
Black pepper
Four (8 ounces) salmon fillets, skin-on
Four slices lemon
Freshly chopped dill

Method

1.Set Traeger temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
2.Mix the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, dill, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
3.Generously slather the top of each salmon fillet with lemon-dill butter. Place a lemon slice on top of each fillet.
4.Insert a probe horizontally into the center of your salmon fillet. Place salmon, skin-side down, directly on the grill grates. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F for medium-rare, 15-20 minutes, or your desired temperature.
5.Remove your salmon from the grill, garnish with more dill, serve and enjoy.

You can serve your salmon with sour cream or horseradish aioli.

Citrus salmon

Citrus salmon

This Citrus salmon recipe is so easy it never fails to impress!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 994 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Set Traeger temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, dill, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Generously slather the top of each salmon fillet with lemon-dill butter. Place a lemon slice on top of each fillet.
  • Insert a probe horizontally into the center of your salmon fillet. Place salmon, skin-side down, directly on the grill grates. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F for medium-rare, 15-20 minutes, or your desired temperature.
  • Remove your salmon from the grill, garnish with more dill, serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 994kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 136gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 377mgSodium: 1494mgPotassium: 3420mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 344IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 6mg
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Traeger smoked salmon with an overnight marinade

This recipe makes a light and savory dinner. It’s a flaky, tender, and flavorful quick fix for those busy weeknights..

Ingredients

Two to four fillets of salmon, fresh or thawed
½ cup soy sauce
One tablespoon of brown sugar
One teaspoon honey
One teaspoon of garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
One teaspoon of Country Dijon Mustard
¼ teaspoon siracha optional

Method

For the marinade

1.In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard, and sriracha (optional).
2.Place the salmon in a Ziploc bag, pour the marinade, release air, and seal.
3.Allow the marinade to sit for three hours or overnight if time allows.

Smoking the salmon

1.Preheat the pellet grill to 200 degrees.
2.Cook the marinated salmon for about one hour or until it reaches desired doneness.
3.Brush the excess marinade on the salmon during cook time to prevent drying and intensify the flavor.
4.Remove from grill, serve and enjoy.

You can serve on a bed of couscous, peas, and a glass of crisp Rose..

Traeger smoked salmon with an overnight marinade

Traeger smoked salmon with an overnight marinade

This recipe makes a light and savory dinner
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 869 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 salmon fresh or thawed
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon onion
  • 1 teaspoon Country Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon siracha

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard, and sriracha (optional).
  • Place the salmon in a Ziploc bag, pour the marinade, release air, and seal.
  • Allow the marinade to sit for three hours or overnight if time allows.
  • Preheat the pellet grill to 200 degrees.
  • Cook the marinated salmon for about one hour or until it reaches desired doneness.
  • Brush the excess marinade on the salmon during cook time to prevent drying and intensify the flavor.
  • Remove from grill, serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 869kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 114gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 281mgSodium: 6790mgPotassium: 2787mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 209IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 7mg
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Grilled blackened Saskatchewan salmon

The seasoning mix adds depth to your salmon, making it a party in your mouth plate of deliciousness.

Ingredients

One salmon fillet
Zesty Italian dressing
Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan Rub
Lemon wedges, for serving

Method

1.Set the Traeger temperature to 325 degrees F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
2.Brush the salmon fillet with Italian dressing and season using Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan Rub.
3.Insert a probe horizontally into the thickest part of your salmon fillet. Place salmon skin-side down directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F and the fish flakes easily, 20-30 minutes.
4.Remove salmon from the grill. Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy.

You can serve it over pasta or French bread and homemade tartar sauce..

Here are some tips to look out for when preparing salmon:

Let the salmon fillet sit in dressing and seasoning for about eight hours or overnight, then put on the grill. The results will be a tender, delicious, and moist dish
You can smoke the salmon at 180 degrees for one hour with its internal temperature at 90 degrees. Turn the heat up to 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes more. Take it off at 135 degrees, then serve
Go easy on Saskatchewan rub as the top ingredient is salt which may end up being too salty
Try to find salmon that still has the skin on. The skin helps keep your fish nice and moist during baking
Salmon is an oily fish that makes baking in the oven easy without drying it out. The trick is not to overbake it.
Grilled blackened Saskatchewan salmon

Grilled blackened Saskatchewan salmon

The seasoning mix adds depth to your salmon, making it a party in your mouth plate of deliciousness.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 121 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 salmon fillet
  • Zesty Italian dressing
  • Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan Rub
  • Lemon

Instructions
 

  • Set the Traeger temperature to 325 degrees F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • Brush the salmon fillet with Italian dressing and season using Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan Rub.
  • Insert a probe horizontally into the thickest part of your salmon fillet. Place salmon skin-side down directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F and the fish flakes easily, 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove salmon from the grill. Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcalProtein: 17gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 417mgVitamin A: 34IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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FAQs

Q: How do you smoke salmon on a Traeger grill?

A: Pat dry with a paper towel and allow to air dry for about 10 minutes. Preheat your smoker at 225 degrees F and place salmon skin-side down directly on the grate—Cook for 40 minutes or until your desired doneness.

Q: How long will I cook my salmon on a Traeger smoker?

A: Set your Traeger temperature and start the grill using the smoke setting. Smoke the salmon for 3-4 hours at 225 degrees F or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Q: Should I wrap my salmon in foil when cooking?

A: Yes, you can. The foil acts as a flavor incubator. It also locks in moisture, ensuring that your salmon turns out moist, tender, and flakey every time you cook.

Q: How do I know my salmon is done?

A: Gently press down on top of the fillet with your finger or a fork. If the flesh of salmon flakes, it’s done cooking..

Health Benefits

Salmon has a lot of great health benefits, which include:

1.Supporting heart health – According to the American Heart Association, eating fish, including salmon, at least twice a week is recommended for heart health. The Omega 3 fats help prevent stroke and blood clots while reducing inflammation.
2.Reducing the risk of Osteoporosis – Salmon is an excellent source of Vitamin D and Calcium. These nutrients are essential for bone-building, while the high protein content helps support muscle strength.
3.Acting as a mood booster – The Omega-3 fats in salmon are beneficial for the brain and have been suggested in several studies to improve mood.
4.Helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease – While more research is needed to confirm whether Omega 3s have the potential to protect against cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease. Wild salmon is rich in antioxidants, specifically astaxanthin, a carotenoid with neuroprotective properties that work well with Omega-3s to slow aging of the brain.
5.Supporting a healthy pregnancy – Salmon is rich in Omega-3s, specifically, DHA, strongly associated with fetal brain and nervous system development. The low mercury levels in salmon, unlike other fish, make it an excellent choice for pregnant women.

Salmon is a dish that requires different variations on the theme to make it unique. Use your imagination to develop and create different or bold flavors on your Traeger salmon recipes. You can adjust your seasonings to fit your taste while experimenting..


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