The Best Grilled Salmon Recipe Ever!

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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.  It’s so super easy to make and SO yummy!

4.9 from 15 reviews
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. 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!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      I cooked it about 400 degrees.

  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!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      I’m not sure but it probably would still be yummy!

    2. I do this recipe baked all the time it’s still really good

      1. If you use the oven, what temperature do you use and how long?

    3. I usually cook mine in a skillet, skin side down and use EVOO in the pan to add flavor and prevent sticking. Keep your temperatures in a lower mid range and watch closely while cooking. The skin will easily come right off when cooked this way and I remove it during the cooking process.

  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. 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!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Awesome! I love receiving comments like this. Thanks!

    2. 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. 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.

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Awesome, thanks for coming back and commenting!

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

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Awesome! Thanks!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Great, thanks!

  18. 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.

  19. 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 ;))

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Awesome, great to hear!

  20. 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.


  21. 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!! 😉

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

  22. Wow this salmon looks incredible! It makes a really nice meal but going to have to give this recipe a ago. The pictures look incredible

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thank you!

  23. Josephine Stecyk says:

    I was not a big fan of salmon until I found this recipe. I had attempted salmon several times before, with dill and mustard (mehhh) and on a soaked cedar plank (too much wood flavor) and just thought that maybe salmon is an acquired taste that I will never find appealing. Along comes this recipe. Tonight was my third time making it this way and it is awesome. Just the best. I did not tweak anything. I DID however, make some common mistakes on my first two tries that I would like to share. The first time that I made this I used a Chinese soy sauce, which is very black and the porosity is thick. It does not absorb well. I switched that up for a Japanese soy sauce which is thinner. I also made the mistake of marinating the salmon overnight, thinking that the longer it sits in the marinade, the better. Because of that it had an unappealing color…very grey. One hour of marinating, as the recipe calls for, is perfect. As well, because fresh salmon is very expensive where I live, I used frozen pink salmon fillets and thawed them a day ahead. And I will definitely use this recipe for fresh salmon if it ever goes on sale:) Thank you for sharing. It’s going to be a staple in our home.

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Awesome! Glad that you liked it. And glad you figured out your mistakes so it’s better next time!

    1. I made this tonight for my family. We are every bite and my husband was wanting more. I did change the grilling time because of the size of fillets. Was absolutely the best salmon we have ever had! Thank you for this fabulous recipe!

  24. Excited to try this tonight but do you make your foil dish with the shiney side out or in???

  25. When you say flip the salmon over do you mean flip it still on to the aluminum foil or flip it directly on the grill? Thanks

  26. OH NO! I just put this all together to marinade overnight!!!! It hope it won’t be ruined!

  27. This was utterly delicious. Whole family loved it!

  28. Kim Erickson says:

    Very yummy and super easy! (which is a must for us we’re busy people!) Lol My husband loved it too! No left overs tonight! I did squash and zucchini with olive oil and Montreal spicy seasoning (best seasoning for everything! Promise!) in a foil wrap for the same time.

  29. This recipe is soooo good! Im no cook and this was easy peasy!

    Also, I did not flip over my salmon and grill it, just took it out of the foil and ate it. When I went to try and flip it, it fell apart and I was afraid it would fall apart and in my grill.

  30. This is my go-to recipe for Salmon. Love it!!!

  31. Sherry Wisener says:

    Im looking forward to trying this dish tomorow April 22….looks wonderful! What temperature should the grill be. We’ve not grilled fish much so uncertain as to what the temperature should be. Would appreciate a reply asap. Thank you very much!

  32. Awesome recipe. We eat a lot of grilled salmon and this was a great flavor change of pace. I do a lot of salmon smoking for the holidays and I will be trying this marinade for my traeger marinade.

  33. Can I make this without using aluminum foil?

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Probably but I can’t promise the same result!

  34. Jennifer O says:

    So good! We tasted it coming straight off the grill. Next thing we noticed was that half of it was gone and we weren’t even missing the rest of our dinner. Definitely will make this again. Deserves its name for sure! Best Grilled Salmon Recipe EVER!

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