Grilled Coho Salmon


Grilled Coho Salmon |

Grilled Coho Salmon |

For as long as I remember, I have always been a sleep talker. I don’t do it often, but when I do, it’s kind of funny. Typically, I won’t really remember when I do it but sometimes, I’ll wake myself up from the talking or the yelling/screaming. Yes, I’ve been known to yell/scream in my sleep. It’s funny (to me) but can be really scary for others. My mom said she’d used to hear me from all the way in their bedroom yelling, “nine feet! Nine feet!” haha – maybe I was playing football? Or, let’s talk about the first time Rachel and I ever roomed together. Of course that’d be another time I talked in my sleep. Haha, so embarrassing! She was a good sport about it though and tried to keep a conversation going ;)

This past Saturday night, I had a really freaky dream. I dreamt that we were on a plane and we crash landed in the middle of NYC. I always dream of plane crashes – which is partly why I’m terrified of flying. The dreams just feel so real. Anyway, so in my dream on Saturday, the plane took off but then just lost air or something and we started falling and then we skidded to a stop. No one was hurt and the plane was still intact and we all were hurrying off the plane. Apparently the people we were with wanted to stick around for medical assistance but instead, I yelled “NOOOOO!” and made us run because I was afraid the plane would blow up from the fire. Yeah, so I actually yelled “NOOOOO!” outloud and woke Jason up. He said it was like a blood-curdling “no.” Haha, I remember myself waking up but I went right back to sleep and the dream started again. It was really weird.

Do you have any quirky sleeping habits?

Grilled Coho Salmon |

Grilled Coho Salmon |

Summer is winding down. We got a bunch of coho salmon and we just had to throw it on the grill with some slammin’ salmon rub before the summer went away. The rub consisted of sugar, chili powder, salt, paprika, black pepper, cumin, chipotle powder, dutch cocoa powder, mustard, and cinnamon. Seriously, it elevates this coho to a whole ‘nother level. I think the char from the grill brought out the flavors of the salmon and rub even more, too. Grilling salmon keeps your salmon moist, delicious, and gives a killer crust on the outside. We served our salmon with a side of sweet corn (slathered in butter, of course!) and a leafy green salad. We were absolutely stuffed and had happy bellies full of coho salmon :)

It’s super simple to put together a grilled salmon dish together like this one! Just grab some of your favorite seafood/fish rub, turn on the grill, and you’ve got yourself an easy weeknight meal!

Grilled Coho Salmon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This buttery grilled coho salmon is a light and simple weeknight meal that can be put together in 20 minutes.

Servings: 2
  • 2 tbsp any seafood/fish/salmon rub, this is the one I used
  • 2 10-12 ounce fresh coho salmon (cleaned, pin-bones removed)
  1. Preheat grill on high heat.
  2. Sprinkle seafood rub all over the pink flesh side of the salmon and gently massage it into the skin.
  3. Place the two pieces of salmon, seasoned side down, onto the grill and let it cook for 5 minutes without moving it.
  4. Using a large grilling spatula, flip the salmon after 5 minutes then cook for another 3-5 minutes until salmon is cooked through, but not overcooked and tough. Keep an eye on it and make sure it's not getting overcooked.
  5. Serve salmon with a side salad and favorite vegetable, if desired.
Disclaimer: I was sent Coho salmon from Copper River Wild but in no way compensated for this post or for my opinions. They’re 100% my own.

Posted on September 23, 2013

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 09/23/2013 at 7:33 am

    Vivid dreams can be scary. I dream of tornados (thanks Wizard of Oz!) and near airplane crashes/landings. I once sleep walked when I was 5 years old on vacation with my grandparents in Traverse City, MI. It was my first trip far away from home for a long length of time. My grandmother said I was trying to go home, LOL. Gorgeous grilled salmon and photography, Julie! Pinning!

  2. 09/23/2013 at 7:49 am

    I’m sorry… but I’m not. I’m laughing so hard – literally. Cuz that’s something I’ve done, just not with that dream. I wonder why some people talk in their sleep and others don’t?

  3. 09/23/2013 at 8:11 am

    This is gorgeous! I mean so pretty and in my opinion nothing beats grilling salmon!

  4. 09/23/2013 at 8:27 am

    Salmon is my favorite ~ love this recipe :)

  5. 09/23/2013 at 8:29 am

    What a perfect dinner! Loving the perfect color Julie!

  6. 09/23/2013 at 8:58 am

    So simple and yet so good!

  7. 09/23/2013 at 9:04 am

    Great dinner idea!

  8. 09/23/2013 at 9:19 am

    LOVE salmon, can’t wait to try this out – I’m going to miss the grill and fresh corn…. sigh.

    • 09/23/2013 at 10:55 am

      I hear ya – I’m going to miss all the fresh produce of summer!

  9. 09/23/2013 at 9:47 am

    That looks utterly delicious. I’m so in the mood for salmon now. Beautiful photos!

    • 09/23/2013 at 10:55 am

      Thank you so much Melanie!

  10. 09/23/2013 at 9:56 am

    Salmon is ABSOLUTELY my favorite type of fish. Grilling is the way to go!

  11. 09/23/2013 at 10:35 am

    My kids love salmon! Thanks for the reminder to grill some before the summer ends.

  12. Gina
    09/23/2013 at 10:44 am

    My kids are sleep talkers all of them (3), I did a little when I was pregnant with one of them but I sure do have nightmares, don’t like those, I’m sensitive and always end up worrying to much about what is the meaning of my dreams……love your recipe ;0)

  13. 09/23/2013 at 11:01 am

    This looks delicious! Talking in your sleep is scary for others. I once was yelling for my dad out loud and he came running to my room in the middle of the night. I’m sure I scared him to death.

  14. 09/23/2013 at 11:20 am

    What a horrible reoccuring dream Julie!! yikes! I talk in my sleep too- but not so much since I sleep so lightly after having children. My kids talk MAJORLY in their sleep though- it is so crazy! The salmon is beautiful.

  15. 09/23/2013 at 12:00 pm

    Perfect!! Such an awesome fish to cook and the bonus is that my kids can eat tons of it :)

  16. 09/23/2013 at 12:09 pm

    I talk in my sleep too! The hubs says I have lengthy conversations sometimes, which is kind of scary should I ever agree to anything!! In love with this salmon recipe! Let’s grill into winter:)

  17. 09/23/2013 at 12:57 pm

    haha. My husband talks in his sleep too. I don’t talk in my sleep but I do have crazy dreams and not only are they crazy I have the same dream over and over a lot. (Like same events, same areas etc) So weird.
    However, back to the recipe! The Salmon looks beautiful! One of our favorite fishes to eat! Will have to make this recipe for hubby!

  18. Carey F
    09/23/2013 at 1:27 pm

    I too talk in my sleep kind of like what you describe. I’m always fighting off something at yelling out at that “something”. I do sometimes scare my husband. I usually don’t remember it but have been known to wake myself up. My son too talks in his sleep but his talking is more the conversation version. Occassionally you can talk to him and he’ll answer you. He never admits to remembering it.

    This salmon recipe sounds good. I’m not a big salmon eater (prefer Tilapia), but my husband and daughter both like it. So I’m always looking for some other way to fix it hoping that I’ll start liking it.

    • 09/23/2013 at 5:31 pm

      Haha, those are some funny stories about your family and sleep talking! I always find it interesting when you can have a conversation with someone sleeping! I do hope you give salmon another try :) it’s so good! If it’s the fishy taste that turns you off, try buying Copper River salmon – it’s so fresh and pure that the fishy taste is almost non-existent. I also have another salmon recipe coming Wednesday if you want to give that one a try too :) it’s got sauce all over the salmon!

  19. 09/23/2013 at 1:35 pm

    Gorgeous salmon!

  20. Candice
    09/23/2013 at 2:19 pm

    Beautiful photo of the salmon! If I grill it on the stove, is oil needed in the pan?

  21. 09/23/2013 at 3:06 pm

    Oh my God, Julie, you know I share your fear of flying… AND I had a plane crash dream last week :( HATE them.

    Changing subjects! I LOVE this salmon! Perfect for weeknight meals :)

  22. 09/23/2013 at 7:33 pm

    simple but I bet it’s crazy delish!

  23. 09/23/2013 at 10:36 pm

    So pretty! I could seriously eat salmon every night for dinner!

  24. 09/23/2013 at 11:01 pm

    This looks so great, and your pictures are equally beautiful!

  25. 09/24/2013 at 10:17 am

    I love that salmon rub from Copper River, this is grilling perfection. And plane dreams are THE WORST!!

  26. 09/24/2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thats one gorgeous salmon!

  27. 09/24/2013 at 12:28 pm

    I could have salmon which looks this good everyday. perfect.

  28. 09/24/2013 at 4:06 pm

    I am making this tonight! Thank you for always sharing such awesome dishes!

  29. 09/25/2013 at 5:53 pm

    Apparently I started this talking in my sleep habit during wedding planning and now it happens whenever I’m stressed. The husband gets really confused because he says I sit up and have what seems like real conversations except that if he answers he realizes I’m not talking to him. And usually I’m giving out baking instructions. Lol.

    • 09/26/2013 at 9:27 am

      Hahaha, that’s awesome. Baking instructions!

  30. 09/28/2013 at 9:16 pm

    Looks so fresh and amazing!

  31. 10/04/2013 at 1:53 am

    Ahah, my sister sleep talks! I just snore…which sucks for others if they`re sleeping in the same room as me. LOL.

    I love finding new ways to season salmon since it`s my favorite fish.

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