The firm, meaty flesh of a fresh salmon fillet is tasty all by itself, and you need to add only a few simple ingredients to create a delicious dish. Soy sauce, honey, garlic, lemon or lime juice, white wine, ginger and Dijon mustard are some additional ingredients to consider for your grilled salmon recipe. Create a salmon marinade, or for a quick BBQ salmon, brush the mixture on the fish as it cooks. For the freshest salmon fillets, choose fish that's firm and shiny and has a mild, fresh scent, not a fishy smell.


If your piece of salmon tapers from thick to thin, cut the thinnest pieces wider than the thick pieces, and place the thick pieces on your grill a minute or two before you add the thin pieces.

Total Time: 25 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 4


  • 2 pounds salmon fillet, skin on
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, plus a little more for brushing the grill
  • 2 or 3 sprigs of parsley, small bunch of cilantro or 2 scallions for garnish


  1. Cut the salmon fillet into four pieces and place them in a shallow dish.

  2. Peel and mince the clove of garlic.

  3. Put the minced garlic in a bowl and add the soy sauce, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and olive oil. 

  4. Whisk the marinade ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

  5. Remove 2 tablespoons of the marinade to put in a separate bowl and keep for later.

  6. Spoon the remainder of the marinade over the salmon pieces.

  7. Clean the grates of your grill and brush them with oil, then heat the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  8. When the salmon fillets have been marinading for 10 minutes, lift them out of the dish with tongs and place them skin-side down on the grill.

  9. While the salmon pieces are cooking, finely chop the parsley, cilantro or scallions. Put the chopped garnish to one side.

  10. After about four minutes, slip a metal spatula under the salmon fillets and turn them over. Don't use tongs to move the fish when it's cooking or it may fall apart. 

  11. Grill the salmon fillets flesh-side down for about another four minutes, until cooked through. The salmon should flake easily.

  12. Peel the skins from the salmon pieces by grabbing a corner with tongs and lifting the skin away from the flesh.

  13. Remove the salmon pieces from the grill with the spatula and place on plates, flesh-side up.

  14. Brush the fish fillets with the remainder of the marinade to create a shiny coating and a luscious sauce.

  15. Sprinkle the chopped parsley, cilantro or scallions over the fillets as a garnish and serve the salmon with stir-fried vegetables, steamed vegetables, baked potatoes or a salad. 

Honey and Soy Sauce Salmon Marinade

A honey and soy sauce marinade is another easy option for grilled salmon. Combine soy sauce and honey with minced garlic and melted butter. Marinade the salmon pieces for about half an hour in the refrigerator, but don't leave them for longer than one hour. The result is a sweet, caramalized coating on the grilled fish that's also savory due to the soy sauce and butter. Toasted sesame seeds make a delicious, crunchy garnish for grilled salmon.

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