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A plate of grilled salmon fillets garnished with lemon and herbs.

Grilled Salmon

This grilled salmon is coated in a flavorful marinade then grilled until golden brown. A super easy dinner option that will earn you rave reviews! This salmon can also be baked, broiled or pan seared.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 361kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 6 salmon fillets 4-6 ounces each
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves chopped
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic


  • Place the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Reserve 1 tablespoon of the marinade in the refrigerator for later use. Add the garlic to the bowl.
  • Add the salmon to the bowl of marinade. Spoon the marinade over the salmon and cover the bowl.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.
  • Remove the salmon from the marinade and scrape off any excess bits of herbs or garlic (otherwise they could burn on the grill!).
  • Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium high heat.  If you're using an outdoor grill, be sure to thoroughly coat your grill grates with vegetable oil.
  • Add the salmon fillets and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until salmon is opaque throughout.
  • Brush the reserved marinade over the salmon fillets, then serve.


  1. This marinade can be made up to 3 days before you plan to use it. Simply store the marinade in the fridge until you’re ready to add your salmon.
  2. You can use the marinade to flavor small salmon fillets, or try marinating a larger side of salmon. If you're planning to cook a large piece of salmon, I'd recommend cooking it in foil since it will be difficult to flip on the grill.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 842mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.7mg