Lemon Garlic Herb Grilled Salmon

06.11.2018

This Lemon Garlic Herb Grilled Salmon has such a bright, fresh flavor and its absolutely perfect for summer! Because hello grilling season. It’s easy to make, and only requires a brief marinating and quick grill time. With flavor like this it will likely become a go-to grilled salmon recipe!

Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Salmon

I grill a LOT of food in the summer. Most commonly it’s chicken and salmon so I’m always trying new ways to prep it with different flavors. The lemon salmon combo is one of my favorites and of course I love the addition of garlic and herbs so here we are with this blend in oh so tasty recipe!

If you aren’t familiar with grilling salmon here’s some tips to get you started.

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How to Grill Salmon

  • First of all pick the right salmon. The thinner fillets won’t work well for grilling. Look for a side of salmon or fillets that are at least 1 to 1 1/2-inches thick.
  • You can grill skin-on or skinless salmon but when I’m marinating I like to skin them so the flavor will soak into both sides. If you grill skin-on it will actually peel away easily after being cooked so keep that in mind for a different recipe.
  • If you don’t know how to skin a salmon fillet you can ask your butcher and often they’ll do it for you, if not there are plenty of Youtube videos that show how.
  • Don’t marinade salmon longer than 30 minutes if it contains an acid ingredient (i.e. lemon juice, vinegar, wine, mustard, etc). After that it will start to alter the texture of the salmon.
  • Always preheat the grill, don’t start out with a cold grill. I like to use a medium-high heat. Preheating usually takes about 5 – 10 minutes, or more on cold days.
  • Clean grates with a grill cleaning brush, then brush grates lightly with oil (vegetable oil or olive oil) so salmon doesn’t stick.
  • Add salmon, giving space between fillets then close grill lid and grill salmon carefully turning once halfway through, until cooked through, about 3 – 5 minutes per side.
  • Note that cook time will vary based on thickness of fillets and how you like them cooked, a bit of darker pink in the center is fine.

ingredients for grilled salmon lemons mustard olive oil honey salt pepper fresh herbs garlic salmon

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • Salmon fillets
  • Fresh herbs: thyme, rosemary and parsley
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Lemons
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper

marinade for lemon garlic herb grilled salmon

How to Make this Lemon Garlic Herb Grilled Salmon

First you’ll whisk together the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish just large enough to fit the salmon then pour marinade over. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes carefully turning once halfway through.

salmon marinating before grilling

Preheat a grill during the last 5 – 10 minutes of salmon marinating. Clean grates and brush with oil then place salmon on grill and cook about 3 – 5 minutes per side. A little bit of the pink in the center is fine if, that’s how you prefer it cooked.

Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Salmon

Serve warm garnished with parsley and decorate with mini lemon slices if you’re into that kind of thing.

Are you hungry now?? I know I am and now I need to add them to the menu again next week!

Grilled Lemon Garlic Herb Salmon

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Lemon Garlic Herb Grilled Salmon

5 from 2 votes

This salmon is marinated in a bright, fresh lemon garlic herb marinade then grilled to perfection. It's such a delicious and refreshing salmon recipe and it's perfect for summer!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 - 7 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
  • 2 TBSP finely minced fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 4 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp finely minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place salmon in an 11 by 7-inch dish.

  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemon zest, dijon mustard, honey, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper until well combined.

  3. Pour mixture over salmon (lift fillets to help marinade run under) then cover and let marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.

  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat during last 10 minutes of salmon marinating.

  5. Brush grill grates with oil, spoon some of the herbs onto salmon (or just use your hands to spread them over), remove salmon from marinade and place on grill.

  6. Grill about 3 - 5 minutes per side to cook through.

  7. Serve warm garnished with more parsley if desired.

  8. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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6 comments

  • Nancy: Can you use a charcoal grill? If so direct or indirect and for how long on each side? Thanks
    Nancy June 12, 2018 at 8:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: According to BHG here’s the how to (I don’t own a charcoal grill so I’m not the most knowledgable there):
      To grill salmon on a charcoal grill, place the fish on the grill rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork. Turn the fish once halfway through grilling. If you like, brush the salmon with olive oil or melted butter after turning to add flavor and keep it moist. (and that last part you shouldn’t need to do because of the marinade in this recipe) June 20, 2018 at 10:27pm Reply

  • Edwina: I really needed your tips on grilling salmon. I love salmon but I wasn’t so good at grilling it. I think the main problem was not having he fillets thick enough to begin with (and marinating for too long). Anyway, it worked much better this time. Thanks for the recipe. So delicious. I will make it again. June 12, 2018 at 5:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Edwina and found the tips helpful! Thanks for your review! June 12, 2018 at 5:00pm Reply

  • simonacallas: I love this recipe. I will definitely try it asap. Thank you for sharing ❤️❤️ Love the photos too ❤️❤️ June 12, 2018 at 5:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! June 12, 2018 at 4:59pm Reply

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