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Brined Grilled
Salmon Recipe
from OXO Chef in
Residence Tim

Take your salmon to the next level by brining it and searing it before cooking it on the grill with this simple and delicious recipe from Tim Hollingsworth.

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salmon cooking in pan
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Need a new go-to for grilling season? OXO Chef in Residence Tim Hollingsworth shares his signature salmon recipe, which features a savory brine to kick the flavor up a notch. This simple, yet impressive, salmon preparation is sure to be a summertime hit. Now fire up the grill!

searing salmon in pan
searing salmon in pan

Tips from Chef Tim:

  • The top loin of the salmon has less fat, which makes it ideal for this recipe.
  • Make sure to pat the skin very dry or else you won’t be able to get a good sear.
  • In order to get the skin crispy all the way around be sure to put enough oil in the pan so that when you put the fish in, the oil comes up the sides of the fish a little bit.
  • Fish is very delicate so having the right tool for the right job makes a difference. A Grilling Precision Turner is flexible enough to get right under the fish without it flaking apart.

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Brined Grilled Salmon Recipe

Courtesy OXO Chef in Residence Tim Hollingsworth

Brine for Grilled Salmon

Chef’s note: This makes more than enough brine for the grilled salmon. Store the remainder in the refrigerator to use for brining other fish or white meats.


  • 1 salmon fillet, skin-on, in approx. 8 ounces of brine
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt, for seasoning


  1. Preheat grill to 325 degrees.
  2. Remove salmon from brine and pat dry.
  3. Heat sauté pan on medium-high heat.
  4. Season salmon with salt on all sides. Add olive oil to pan.
  5. Place salmon skin side down and cook for about 5 minutes or until skin is crispy.
  6. Once the skin is crispy, transfer the pan with salmon onto the grill and continue to cook until an internal temperature of 125 degrees—giving you a perfect medium-rare finish.
salmon dinner
salmon dinner

Grilled Salmon Recipe



  • 4 liters water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 3 sprigs parsley


  1. Bring one liter of water to a boil with salt. Stir until salt is dissolved.
  2. Pour water into a container. Add remaining three liters of water plus lemon, peppercorn and parsley. Place brine in the refrigerator until chilled.
  3. In a separate large container, place in salmon and add enough brine to fully submerge the fillet.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour for every inch of fillet thickness.

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