Asian and Whiskey Grilled Salmon

Ok folks, this is the last installment of my “salmon series,” which features 4 different salmon recipes cooked on four different grills.  This recipe for Asian and Whiskey Grilled Salmon is one of my all time favorites, I even serve a version of this at my restaurants, Memphis Barbecue Company!  For the other recipes in the series, check out Miso Glazed Cedar Planked Salmon, Easy Smoked Salmon, or Sesame Seared Salmon.

Grill it!

This recipe is made for grilling using the consistent searing heat of a gas grill.  Don’t worry, if you want to cook this on a charcoal grill, go ahead!  The marinade and instruction times are roughly the same.  The biggest thing when cooking salmon is to pull it off when it reaches 145 degrees internal temperature.  (if you like medium rare or another temp, you can pull it off earlier than that.)

About that marinade-

My Asian and Whiskey Grilled Salmon recipe needs to spend some time in a marinade bath, but not too much time.  Marinade for at least 2 hours, and up to 12 hours.  After that, the marinade will begin to affect the texture of the salmon.  And whiskey, don’t use a super cheap whiskey.  If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t make your salmon bathe in it!

Anyway, check out the recipe.  It’s super nice to mix the marinade and put the fish into it in the morning, then get home and have ready-to-grill salmon.  Thanks, and get out there and grill!

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Asian and Whiskey Grilled Salmon

  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


  • 4 6-8 oz salmon filets
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1” knob Fresh Ginger Root (cut into thin strips)
  • 1/4 cup good whiskey


  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together. Place salmon filets in a resealable bag and pour marinade over them. Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal. Place in fridge and allow to marinate for 2 hours up to 12 hours.
  2. Heat your grill up to medium-high, and lightly oil grates. Grill salmon for two minutes, then give a quarter turn to develop diamond grill marks. Cook additional 2 minutes then turn filets over. Cook for approximately 3-4 more minutes, or until the desired internal temperature is reached.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Cuisine: Asian, Seafood