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Simple Grilled Salmon Recipe

simple grilled salmon recipe


All you need for this simple grilled salmon recipe is 6 common ingredients, time to marinade, and 20 minutes to prep and grill your salmon. Try it and tell us what you think at the bottom of this page.

Simple Grilled Salmon Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 4)
Time: Under 30 Minutes after Marinating

  • 1 pound salmon fillets (or steaks)


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  • 3/4 tablespoon dried dill weed


  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or more to taste)


  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (regular works too)


  • Directions
    Use a blender to emulsify the butter, lemon juice, dill weed, minced garlic, salt and pepper.

    Grilling Tip: Why not just whisk the salmon sauce or stir everything together with a fork? Because the ingredients won't combine very well and you'll miss out on better flavor.

    Place marinade and salmon in a large resealable plastic bag. Turn to coat and allow to marinate at least 30 minutes. Don't refrigerate. Your fish will grill better if it starts at room temperature.

    Clean and lightly oil grill grate. Preheat for medium heat (300-400 degrees F). If you're using charcoal, the grill is ready when you can hold the palm of your hand two inches above the grate for only 4 -5 seconds before pulling away.

    To grill salmon fillets, place them face down on the grill directly over the flames or coals (direct heat). The skin side should be up (flesh side facing the flames or hot coals). This will glaze it and seal in moisture. Brush your fish with marinade. Cover your grill for 4 - 5 minutes. Then use a spatula to flip to the skin side.

    Grill for another 4 - 5 minutes. The fatty skin of the salmon fillet will protect the meat from overdrying even though the skin itself may become charred in the process. It is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

    To remove it from the grill, slip a spatula between the skin and the meat and lift the salmon away from the skin leaving the skin stuck to the grill. If you want to serve it with the skin still on, a spatula is still the tool to remove it from the grill. Garnish with thin slices of lemon and lime and serve warm.

    To grill salmon steaks, grill each side 4 - 5 minutes directly over the flames or coals (direct heat). Total cooking time should be 8 - 10 minutes.

    Grilling Rained Out?

    Bake It:
    This is an easy poached salmon recipe. Make a foil packet. Place each fillet and some marinade inside the packet then close it leaving enough room for air to circulate. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (add time if you are making extra). This way the salmon poaches gently in its juices and comes out tender and delicious every time.


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