Grilled Sockeye Salmon

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Sockeye salmon is a delicious and healthy seafood recipe that can be made by many methods. Make this grilled sockeye salmon in less than 20 minutes, from start to finish and it is sure to become one of your new favorite grill recipes!

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This grilled sockeye salmon recipe features a savory ginger and fennel sauce.

What is Sockeye Salmon?

Sockeye salmon is a North Pacific salmon that sports red-orange meat with a succulent taste.

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Bounding with nutritional value, this variety of Pacific salmon is also considered by many to be the best for eating.

It is often distinguished from other varieties of salmon due to its rich red, almost fluorescent color.

Lower in fat than the other salmon, its flavor is more pronounced and thus, its highly popular among salmon lovers.

A plate of food, with Sockeye salmon
Sockeye salmon is loaded with nutrients and is fast and easy to prepare.

How to Make this Grilled Salmon Recipe

This grilled salmon seasoning features a combination of savory fennel and fresh ginger. Although we’re using a grill fo this recipe, you can also make Salmon on the Blackstone as well.

We’ve used the savory fennel along with it pretty fronds a few times in the past, and furthermore, with today’s recipe, we’re adding a new use to the list.  Sockeye Salmon with Ginger Fennel Sauce.

It’s hard to say which has more flavor, health, or convenience; thus, we will let you decide for yourself.

Whatever the case, you will want to try this one yourself because that’s always the best way to decide!


How to Pick Out Fresh Salmon
  • Look for vibrant, pink flesh.
  • Avoid any fish the smells fishy.
  • If you see a brown spot on the salmon or the flesh looks dry and curled up, walk away.
  • Sometimes frozen salmon is better than the fresh stuff since often the salmon goes directly on ice on the boat, to preserve freshness.
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Sockeye Salmon with Ginger Fennel Sauce

5 from 2 votes
This grilled sockeye salmon recipe features a grilled salmon seasoning made from fresh ginger and fennel.
Prep: 7 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Yield: 1 servings


  • 8 oz salmon fillet
  • 1 cube ginger, 1″ x 2″
  • 1/2 cup fennel, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • A splash of low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cob sweet corn, grilled or roasted (optional)


  • Heat grill to medium-high setting
  • Place ginger, fennel, garlic, sugar, soy sauce and olive oil in food processor and process until thick,l liquid consistency.
  • Place salmon on grill, skin side down and spread 1/2 sauce on salmon.
  • Grill for 6-8 minutes, until salmon is tender and flaky.
  • Remove from grill and finally spread remaining sauce. Garnish with fennel fronds and roasted corn and serve immediately.


Add small amounts of water or olive oil for thinner sauce.


Calories: 556kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 136mg, Potassium: 1534mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 315IU, Vitamin C: 12.3mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 2.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Seafood
Cuisine: Seafood, Summer
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Updated from the original Platter Talk recipe from June 28, 1015
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  1. 5 stars
    What a lovely salmon recipe, I love fennel and wish more people placed it in various recipes, the flavor is to die for.

    1. Heidy, I agree completely. The more that I incorporate fennel into my recipes, the more I want to use it with other dishes. Thanks so much for dropping by!

  2. Thanks so much Beeta. It’s easy to forget how much flavor and good pairing can be done with ordinary and seasonal produce and herbs. Sometimes, it’s all about thinking (or in this case, tasting) outside of the box. We love hearing from you and certainly appreciate you stopping by; thanks so much!

  3. What a great recipe, Dan! Simple but flavorful. Ginger and fennel, paired with the salmon…wow! I’m always trying to eat more fish in my diet, and it can get easy to stick to the recipes I know. I love that you changed it up with this one without it being complicated or too fussy. Gorgeous, gorgeous salmon!