5 Ingredient Marinated Grilled Salmon

May 9, 2018

Are you ready for the easiest recipe of your life? Okay maybe not as easy as a grilled cheese but it’s close! This Grilled Salmon is one of the best salmon recipes I’ve tried and it only takes FIVE ingredients (4 of which you probably always have on hand, then just grab some salmon).

Also it takes minimal prep and there’s minimal clean up. I also love that you don’t have to skin the salmon first which saves time, it peels right off after grilling.

5 Ingredient Marinated Grilled Salmon

Why I Love this Grilled Salmon Recipe

This is a recipe that comes Ina Garten. I saw it on Food Network a few years ago and finally got around to making it today.

The recipe had 752 reviews and it came it at 4.8 stars and for good reason, this salmon is unbelievably delicious! It’s amazing what 5 ingredients and 5 minutes prep can do.

It has a well rounded flavor, it had just the right amount of saltiness and depth (from the soy sauce) and it had just enough tang and spice from the vinegar and mustard seed (in the mustard).

The only thing I changed was to take the olive oil down 2 tsp to 1/3 cup because it’s easier to measure vs. 6 Tbsp. Then I upped the garlic 3 times the original amount because I love garlic.

Ingredients for this Recipe

  • Salmon
  • Soy sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic

ingredients for grilled salmon soy sauce olive oil garlic dijon mustard side of salmon

How to Make this Grilled Salmon

First you’ll cut that side of salmon into individual fillets. Then transfer to a dish.

slicing salmon for grilled salmon

Then prep the marinade by mixing together soy sauce, dijon, garlic and olive oil until it fully comes together.

marinade mixture for grilled salmon

Set aside a few tablespoons of marinade then spoon (or pour) and spread remaining marinade over salmon and spread even. Let rest 10 minute or refrigerate up to 1 hour in marinade. Preheat grill.

spooning marinade over salmon for grilled salmon

Grill salmon about 4 minutes per side or to desired doneness. Serve warm with remaining marinade over top, garnish with parsley if desired.

grilling 6 portions of salmon on grill

A Salmon Everyone Loves

Don’t do what I did and wait years to make this recipe. It’s is one of those recipes that you’ll use time and time again and it’s easy enough to memorize. Aaaaand most importantly everyone loves it!

My brother doesn’t even like salmon and he took one bite then asked for the rest of it! My kids loved it too. Win win.

Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe

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5 Ingredient Marinated Grilled Salmon

5 from 7 votes

One of the best salmon recipes I've tried and it only takes FIVE ingredients. Also it takes minimal prep and there's minimal clean up. I also love that you don't have to skin the salmon first which saves time, it peels right off after grilling.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 lb. side of salmon, skin on
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic (1 large clove)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 Tbsp minced parsley (optional, for looks)


  1. Lay salmon skin side down on a cutting board and cut salmon crosswise into 6 equal portions, transfer to a 13 by 9-inch baking dish skin side down.

  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together soy sauce, mustard, garlic and olive oil until mixture is emulsified (fully comes together).

  3. Set aside about 2 Tbsp of the marinade mixture then spoon and spread remaining mixture over salmon, let rest at room temperature 10 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile preheat grill over medium-high heat to about 400 degrees. Clean grill grates and brush with oil.

  5. Place salmon on grill skin side down and cook about 4 minutes, then carefully flip (I sort of roll it) and continue to cook another 4 minutes or to desired doneness.

  6. Remove skin from salmon then plate and brush remaining 2 Tbsp marinade mixture over salmon.

  7. Serve warm garnished with parsley if desired.

  8. Recipe source: adapted from Ina Garten

Nutrition Facts
5 Ingredient Marinated Grilled Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 659mg29%
Potassium 1137mg32%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Salmon
Author: Jaclyn


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  • Dee Yann

    I have no access to a griller right now, can I pan-fry this instead?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I would probably bake it instead. 400 for about 10 – 15 minutes.

  • Jocelyn

    This was fantastic! I added a touch of honey to cut through the salty soy. I also baked mine as it was raining out so I couldn’t grill it. I baked the skin a little longer after I peeled it off so it was crispy. My husband and I LOVE crispy salmon skin. 5 stars for me. Plan to use the marinade with steak tonight.

  • Lauren

    That was amazing! I added Mesquite Liquid Smoke seasoning to the sauce. and now I’m trying to make the sauce again and I had to look for the recipe so I can make sure I get the proportions right. A dash of smoke seasoning really gives it a kick.

  • Jocelyn

    My family loved this! I can’t believe how quick and easy it is to prepare. We don’t have a grill, so I broiled the salmon instead, and it worked great.

    Many thanks!

  • Ashley

    I bought my fiance a grill for Christmas, and it was finally nice enough this past weekend to put it out on our deck. The very first recipe we made was this salmon. It was delicious!!! Very easy prep and only 5 ingredients. I couldn’t believe it! The salmon was perfectly flavored and cooked. We had it with asparagus and rice.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the recipe Ashley, great first use for your grill :)!