Salmon is easy, healthy, and delicious prepared in a simple marinade.

In this grilled salmon recipe, filets are marinated in a simple sesame-soy mixture and then grilled to tender flaky perfection.

This dish makes a great meal served with fresh asparagus and rice pilaf or as a hearty salmon bowl.

piece of Easy Grilled Salmon on a plate with rice and vegetables

Sweet & Savory Grilled Salmon

  • Salmon filets are easy to grill because the flesh has a dense, steak-like texture and fatty skin that keeps the fish moist while it cooks.
  • Salmon cooks quickly on the grill making it perfect for a weeknight meal or an easy summer dinner.
  • Super healthy, salmon is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and has more Vitamin D than tuna.
  • A quick and easy marinade ensures great flavor while adding a nice glaze to the fish.
  • Marinated fillets in foil packets in advance for an outing and cook them on a campfire (or in the oven)!
Ingredients for grilled salmon on a marble board

Ingredients for Grilled Salmon

Salmon – For the best results, use fresh or flash-frozen salmon filets that smell and look clean. Frozen fillets can be thawed while they are marinating.

Marinade – Soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, sesame oil, and fresh lemon juice are all you need for a flavorful marinade that gently tenderizes the meat.

Lime juice can be switched out for the lemon juice and a little freshly grated ginger and red pepper flakes will give the sauce a little zip!

Variations – Try ginger garlic salmon marinade that’s perfect for any cooking method, too. Keep it simple and rub salmon seasoning and a bit of salt on right before it hits the grill!

How to Grill Salmon

  1. Marinate salmon filets in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Grill salmon flesh side down according to the recipe below.
  3. Flip over & cook until the fillets reach an internal temperature of 145°F at the thickest part of the filet.
  4. Let salmon rest before serving. Serve with lemon slices or wedges.
Grilled salmon on the BBQ

Grill Tips

Preheat the grill and place a bit of oil on a piece of paper towel. Rub the paper towel on the grill grates until they are black and shiny. This will help keep the salmon from sticking.

If the salmon sticks when you try to flip it, it isn’t ready to flip yet. The salmon filets should release easily from the grill.

Be sure not to overcook the salmon. It should be cooked to 145°F, I usually remove it from the grill a few degrees early as it will continue to cook as it rests.

Grilled salmon on a plate garnish with parsley with vegetables on the side

Serving Grilled Salmon

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Easy Grilled Salmon

Salmon filets are marinated in a flavorful sesame-soy marinade and grilled until tender and flaky.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ pounds salmon fillets

Marinade

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil toasted
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions 

  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour over salmon and allow to marinate at least 1 hour (or up to 8 hours).
  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Place salmon, skin side down, onto the grill and cook for 6-8 minutes. Turn over and cook and an additional 5-7 minutes or until salmon reaches 145°F. Do not overcook.

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Notes

This can be baked at 450°F for 10 minutes and then broiled for 5 minutes.
Keep salmon refrigerated while it’s marinating since fish is especially prone to bacterial growth. And always discard leftover marinade.
Preheat the grill and place a bit of oil on a piece of paper towel. Rub the paper towel on the grill grates until they are black and shiny. This will help keep the salmon from sticking.
If the salmon sticks when you try to flip it, it isn’t ready to flip yet. The salmon filets should release easily from the grill.
Be sure not to overcook the salmon. It should be cooked to 145°F, I usually remove it from the grill a few degrees early as it will continue to cook as it rests.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 413 | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 876mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Fish, Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine American

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  1. Am trying this tonight. So when you grill do you grill skin side up first? Thank you love your recipes

    1. Hi Despina, yes! We place the salmon flesh side down then flip and cook skin side down.

  2. I cook skin side down first to get crisp
    I never marinade anything with lemon or lime (acidic) in metal.
    I made this and it was good4 stars

  3. How do you think this marinade will work with chicken.I love salmon, my wife hates fish espcially salmon. So I could cook chicken as well with the marinade. Thoughts?

    1. I think it would work James. I’d suggest adding it during the last 15 minutes of grilling. That’s a great idea to both enjoy what you love! Enjoy!

  4. Grilled Salmon is one of my all time favourite recipes and this looks delicious! It is so healthy and good to have during the week as well I think. Thanks for a great, healthy recipe.5 stars