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Hawaiian Grilled Salmon

This Hawaiian Grilled Salmon is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Flaky fish marinated in sweet, salty, spicy, and acidic flavors transforms this recipe and brings the salmon to life. This salmon is a nice summer seafood recipes and pairs perfectly with grilled pineapple.

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon on blue platter.

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HAWAIIAN GRILLED SALMON 

Hawaiian Salmon is the perfect way to eat Wild Alaskan Salmon in the warmer months.

Salmon pairs perfectly with a sweet, savory marinade. 

In this recipe the salmon is marinaded in a Hawaiian style sauce and then grilled to perfection creating a tender, juicy and flavorful piece of salmon.

The grilled pineapple rings are a beautiful addition to the salmon and add that sweet fruity flavor with each bite of salmon.

The marinade is simple to make but full of flavor. It marinade mixes together ketchup, soy sauce, minced garlic, brown sugar, pineapple juice, sesame oil, oregano, ginger and crushed red pepper. 

As a time saving shortcut use pre-cored pineapple.

Serve the Hawaiian Salmon with the pineapple, freshly chopped green onions alongside a vegetable and side salad.  Your guests will love this delicious salmon dish! 

I love pairing this salmon recipe with Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, No Mayo Potato Salad or this Summer Orzo Pasta Salad.

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon on a white plate.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Easy to add lots of flavors – The marinade works so well to enhance the salmon filets and add incredible flavor. The sweet pineapple juice with the savory soy sauce and ginger mixes so well together. 
  • Not a hard recipe to follow – This is a super simple recipe that although easy to make it certainly has a wow factor. You can grill the salmon but you can also easily bake it or make it in the air fryer
  • Great for families – This is a lovely recipe to introduce salmon to your kids. The sweeter flavors from the pineapple will make it appealing to your little ones. 
  • Perfect for summer – We love to make this salmon in the summer months because it is so light and fresh. It really is a great way to get healthy omega-3s and protein into your meals. 

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon ingredients.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR THIS SALMON:

WILD ALASKAN SALMON FILETS

PRE-CORED PINEAPPLE

LOW-SODIUM SOY SAUCE

GARLIC CLOVES

BROWN SUGAR

KETCHUP

GINGER

OREGANO

CRUSHED RED PEPPER

PINEAPPLE JUICE 

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon on a white plate.

HOW TO MAKE THIS HAWAIIAN GRILLED SALMON

Now that you have all your ingredients to hand it is time to make the simple and tasty Hawaiian Grilled Salmon. 

MARINADE THE SALMON: It is time to marinate the salmon.

To do this you need a large mixing bowl or ziplock bag. Add the soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ketchup, ginger, oregano, crushed red pepper, and pineapple juice. Mix everything well.

Add the salmon and coat in the flavors. Refrigerate for 20 minutes minimum.

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon marinade in a bowl.

PREPARE THE SALMON FOR COOKING: Once the salmon has had sufficient time in the refrigerator, take it out and let them come down to room temperature.

Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray or brush with olive oil and heat it to medium-high.

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon marinade in a bowl with salmon.

COOK THE SALMON: Place the salmon and the pineapple rings on the grill and use a brush to coat more of the marinade on the salmon.

Close the grill and grill for about 6-7 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 145 Degrees Fahrenheit.

SERVE THE GRILLED SALMON: Remove the salmon and pineapple from the grill. Place the salmon on a platter and garnish with fresh green onion, cilantro, or parsley. Serve the pineapple alongside the salmon.  

RECIPE NOTES AND TIPS 

While I provide step-by-step instructions with the method, often there are recipe notes and tips that help you make the most out of the recipe. Here are some of the essential tips and tricks to help you make this tasty grilled salmon dish. 

  • If you want to grill each side you can but it isn’t essential. If you choose not to flip them then you will want to grill the salmon on the skin side down for about 13-15 minutes.
  • Keep some marinade to one side so that you can brush the salmon and pineapple while cooking. This is a great method if you choose to use the BBQ grill and cook outside. 
  • You can either use ground ginger or fresh ginger if you have it. Fresh ginger is such a nice addition and adds a ton of flavor. 

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon with green beans.

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS GRILLED SALMON RECIPE

Many recipes have substitutions and variations that help you customize your salad:

Things you can add or little changes to make it more suitable. So here are some of the best variations you might want to consider:

  • If you can’t get your hands on any pineapple juice then orange juice is a great alternative. 
  • Fresh pineapple is great to use, but you can also use canned pineapple if you prefer. You could also use the pineapple juice that you get in the can. 
  • If you like a hint of spice you can add crushed red pepper, cayenne red pepper or sriracha sauce. 
  • Add grilled vegetables alongside your salmon. I like to throw them on while my salmon is grilling for the perfect pairing. 

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon with pineapple.

HOW SHOULD I SERVE THIS SALMON DISH?

This salmon dish has so many different options that you can serve with it. Coconut rice, pasta, fried potatoes, and roasted vegetables are just some of the suggestions. 

The marinated flavors can also act as a sauce as you can warm them up on the stove and drizzle on top when the salmon and pineapple are cooked. 

HOW DO I STORE THE HAWAIIN SALMON?

If you have any leftovers then let them cool completely and add them to an airtight container. You can then store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. This is perfect to make ahead for lunches. 

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon with logo.

OTHER SALMON RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

AIR FRYER SALMON BITES 

MEDITERRANEAN SALMON

MEDITERRANEAN SALMON BOWL

PAN SEARED GREEK SALMON 

HONEY POMEGRANATE SALMON

TERIYAKI SALMON

Hawaiian Grilled Salmon with pineapple.

Hawaiian Salmon

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinade Time1: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Hawaiian Grilled Salmon is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Flaky fish marinated in sweet, salty, spicy, and acidic flavors transforms this recipe and brings the salmon to life. This salmon is a nice summer seafood recipes and pairs perfectly with grilled pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 4 - Wild Alaskan Salmon Filets
  • 1 container of pre-cored pineapple, sliced into rings {save the juice for the marinade}
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsps. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3 tbsps. pineapple juice {you could use orange juice in its place}
  • Fresh green onion, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl or ziplock bag add the soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ketchup, ginger, oregano, crushed red pepper, pineapple juice and mix well.
  2. Add the salmon filets into the bowl or ziplock bag and gently coat the salmon. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the salmon from the fridge and let set out to bring them to room temperature.
  4. Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray or brush with olive oil and heat it to medium-high.
  5. Place the salmon and the pineapple rings on the grill and use a brush to coat more of the marinade on the salmon.
  6. Close the grill and grill for about 6-7 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. If you want to grill each side you can but you don't have to. If you choose not to flip them then you will want to grill the salmon on the skin side down for about 13-15 minutes or until the salmon reaches 145 degrees F.
  7. Remove the salmon and pineapple from the grill.
  8. Place the salmon on a platter and garnish with fresh green onion, cilantro or parsley. Serve the pineapple alongside the salmon so your guests can add a pineapple ring to their salmon.
Today’s recipe is sponsored by Heinen’s. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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