The Best Grilled Salmon Recipe Ever!

Some of you may love fish, some of you may hate it.  But let me tell you fish-haters, you HAVE to try this grilled salmon recipe!  It’s seriously amazing.  And there is no fishy flavor at all.  I can’t eat fish all the time but when I do make it, it has to be amazingly good so I want to make it again.  And this, my friends, was amazingly good!  And very easy to make.  If you’ve never made salmon before and are curious to try it, do this recipe first.  You can thank me later.

The best grilled salmon ever

It’s slightly sweet due to the brown sugar rub but it’s very tender from being grilled in foil. And it’s nice that it’s not messy on the grill–don’t worry about losing fish down the grill when flipping it. There are some folks who are die-hard wild-caught salmon fans, but that’s not me. I find the fishiness too strong for my suburban tastebuds. But then again, I’m not a fan of mutton or venison, or anything gamey either. I like poultry, beef, pork, and most kinds of fish (as long as it doesn’t taste fishy.) The wild-caught is supposed to be much healthier though.

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The Best Grilled Salmon Recipe Ever!
Recipe type: Entree

  • 1-3 salmon fillets, depending on size
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅛ cup water
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic

  1. Purchase your salmon as fresh as you can. I prefer the taste of farm-raised to wild caught because I think it tastes less fishy. But don’t buy the frozen fillets if you can avoid it. Put the fish in a plastic bag with all the other ingredients and seal it with as much air pushed out as possible. Marinate for at least an hour, up to three.
  2. When you are ready to cook, heat up your grill. Then make a little dish out of aluminum foil with sides. Slide the fish on your ‘dish’ and add a little of the marinade on top. Put the fish skin side down. Then push the whole dish onto the grill. Close the lid and grill for about 20 minutes. After that is done, flip the salmon over onto the grill to sear the top, then you can scrape off the skin (it should lift right off.) Grill for 1-2 minutes and then serve.

best grilled salmon recipe

I love serving salmon with wild rice and broccoli, with a little lemon wedge and butter on the rice. I didn’t have rice this time so it was just broccoli for me. But that’s okay, just extra carbs right? I love making meals that taste so yummy you don’t even remember that they are healthy!

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  1. Hi this recipe sounds great I’m going to try it tonight! My only question is how hot do you have your grill? Ill be using a gas BBQ
    Thanks again!

  2. I substituted water with pineapple juice…..AWESOME!


  4. I don’t have a grill. Would it taste as good baked? What temp in oven and would you cook it the same as the grill?
    Thanks….looks yummy!

  5. This was awesome. My kids loved it, my husband loved it and I loved it! I don’t even like fish. 🙂 So Thank You.

  6. I am NOT a cook, but this receipe is quick AND easy.
    I have made this many times now, and it ALWAYS turns out delicious!!
    In LOVE with it

  7. While I am sure that the recipe is great and I plan on trying it, the comment about the “fishy” smell of salmon and that somehow farm raised is better than wild salmon couldn’t be more wrong. The “fishy” smell from salmon or any other fish for that matter happens when the fish you are preparing isn’t fresh. The taste of wild salmon is far superior to any farmed salmon and doesn’t smell or taste fishy providing that it is fresh.

    • I agree with you that if the fish smells “fishy” then it will not taste as good as it would if it was very fresh. Same thing goes for buying fish from a fish market. If the place stinks don’t buy it from them. That means they probably skipped a few steps when cleaning the place or they use old ice or didn’t clean the bins properly.

  8. Christie Joseph says:

    I was looking for a salmon recipe through Google and the title caught my eye. So I looked at the recipe and found that I had all the ingredients and I gave it a try. My daughter, who hates fish dishes, gobbled her entire serving in next to no time and that tells the whole story of how great it tastes. My wife, who returned after work for dinner ,was surprised too and wanted to know what ingredients I used. I just told her this is “the best grilled salmon recipe ever” I have made and then told her from where I got it!

    • Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Awesome! I love receiving comments like this. Thanks!

    • Soooooooooo…….. Am dying to know where’d ya get this recipe from??? Sounds deeeee-lish!!!!! And me is goin to make it this week for My Big O’l Fussy Eater… I’ll be sure to report back ASAP… And thank You for this wonderful public service, thinking of others and taking time out of you day to do this… 😇😇😁😁😃😃😃👀😁😁😁😁😁😁😜😜😜😜😜😜Kristy & Georgie 😃😜😇😁

  9. Gonna try it tonight….

  10. Made this recipe on my hunt for the best salmon recipe…I found four that sounded great and picked this one. Was so glad that I did because it was delicious. A perfect sweetness to mask the taste of what most consider fishy…it was beyond excellent and I am giving it to all my friends that don’t like salmon 🙂 as well as the ones that do!

  11. michael bradley says:

    I have been cooking salmon for years, ( I am lucky to have two lifelong friends who are commercial salmon fishermen out of Alaska) and this recipe is very close to one that I love and often use. It is time tested and as long as the fish is in good shape it is as close to a sure thing as possible. (almost all salmon is frozen for at least a short period of time to kill a parasite common to salmon) I agree with all the comments and recommendations except one…… but It’s a big one! Farmed salmon is not nearly as flavorful as wild, is far less nutritious and has far lower levels of omega 3’s. In addition, the fish are fed a mixture of grain and fish meal that is ‘fortified’ with antibiotics and serves to turn the flesh from white to an orange – pink color. Without these special additives the salmon get sick from living in such close proximity to each other in cages and the flesh is white and not the natural red or pink color. The color of the meat is a result of the additives to the feed. In addition, the environmental degradation to the ocean floor from salmon farms is well documented as well as the real danger of contagion to wild native populations. Problems are well documented. Salmon Farms are outlawed in the United States for good reason. The entire Chilean farm salmon industry was wiped out by such a virus just a few years back. WILD Sockeye, King, Chinook, Coho, Chum and Pink are all better alternatives than farm raised salmon.

  12. Diane Wiese says:

    I am disturbed that you would rather have farmed salmon than wild caught. Farmed salmon are fed pellet food that contain 7 time the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon. They have 30 times the amount of sea lice….YUM, to combat the lice they are given antibiotics. They are fed chemicals to give them color. The feed pellets contain chicken feces, gmo corn meal, soy, gmo canola oil and other fish containing heavy concentrations toxins. They are administered antibiotics at higher levels than any livestock. They have less omega 3’s due to lack of a wild diet. They are also crowded into small areas restricting movement, causing disease, and live in their own feces. But if you like the flavor better, eat it.

  13. Sandy Satterfield says:

    Tried this tonight. Trying to eat healthy and this was delicious with brown rice and asparagus. We both loved it. You’re right, the best grilled salmon I’ve ever tasted. Perfect meal. Very satisfying and not stuffed after eating. Thank you.

  14. Missy M. says:

    I made this recipe last night for dinner and everyone loved it! Your method for grilling the salmon was so easy! Thanks so much!!

  15. Recipe might be wonderful, but your preference to farm raised is WRONG!!!!!! Please don’t encourage others to use this terrible practice.

  16. SO wanted to grill some salmon so I searched up for some recipes on pinterest and ended up here. I am glad I did. SO approved! It was very good. I didn’t have cumin though so I subbed with a few pinches of chile powder.

  17. Or just kidding. There was no cumin involved with this recipe. I did two kinds of grilled salmon. But this I liked the most. It was very moist. Used dried oregano, had no fresh on hand.

  18. Trish Johnson says:

    Hi Honeybear, This recipe looks/sounds incredible!! And BTW any fish that you cook should not smell or taste “fishy” in a yukky way. If that happens it’s not fresh enough. Where I live the only kind of salmon we get is wild caught & I love it. If you prefer the farm raised stuff but are rightly concerned about the practices they use then maybe try looking for a different type of wild salmon-I think plain ol’ pink salmon tend to have the lightest flavor along with the least fat content. Other salmon like the Chinook, Sockeye and Coho tend to have higher fat content & more of a stronger flavor. I find that I can get them frozen w/o sacrificing a lot of flavor (my guess maybe because of their high fat content?). Anytime you can find something labeled Copper River that will be good. Alaska makes sure there is a good season to offer it so it’s always sustainably caught. The Copper is a good size river & the farther the little suckers have to swim to spawn means they fatten up more to make the trip-makes the salmon especially tasty. Thanks for this scrumptious looking recipe can’t wait to try it!!

  19. Made this last night with frozen wild fillets from Aldi. It was wonderful. Big hit at family dinner. Even my 14 month old ate it all.

  20. Super delicious recipe! I added some mushrooms and cooked it using a skillet pan (medium heat). At the end I combined with some greens (lettuce). Thank you for sharing!

  21. Trying is recipe tonight!
    As far as being farm raised vs wild, make sure farmed raised fish is purchased from a reliable source. . Places such as Whole foods and Earth fare are pretty reliable as well to find farm raised fish that have low impacts on the environment as well as have been strictly regulated as to what they are feeding the fish ect.

  22. Wowza! It was incredible. Pretty new to cooking salmon here…this was by far the best. It was perfect. My husband said, “Can something so good for you really taste like this?” Served with steamed broccoli and a quinoa/mushroom/kale dish also from Pinterest (of course!) A very elegant meal. Thank you for the recipe. (I buy wild alaskan salmon frozen from either Sam’s or Trader Joe’s… And I agree with the others about the benefits of it, but that’s your business ;))

  23. Google farm raised from Canada and Iceland – contain very high levels of PCB’s. Eating this farm raised fish one will get cancer as per a 60 minutes or 48 hour show. Wild caught salmon safest…

    Have a slab of wild caught will try this non-fishy recipe today. One minus for farm raised fish. Bet 5 stars will be for recipe. Sounds delicious…

  24. I will try this recipe tonight!
    I do have a question though. How long do I grill the salmon if I use a grill pan? On the stove.


  25. Jeannie M. says:

    Oh. My. Freaking. Gawd! was this good!!!

    I am not a salmon eater, but my husband is and requested grilled salmon for Father’s Day. So, looked up this recipe, made it and decided to have a little bite, so I’d know how it turned out; what the taste was. Well! Good thing I bought two fillets! This has made a salmon eater out of me!!! This is THE BEST grilled salmon I have ever eaten! THANK YOU!!!

    I am definitely making this again!! …and again!! …and again!! 😉


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