Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon Fillets

Salmon fillet garnished with dill, lime and lemon slices on baking parchment
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  • 21 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins,
  • Cook: 13 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
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Salmon is a delicious, heart-healthy fish. Taking it to the grill enhances its flavors and offers a mildly sweet caramelization to the surface of the flesh. Seasoned with dill, lemon juice, and garlic, this grilled salmon recipe is a wonderful addition to summer cookouts, while fast and convenient enough for weeknight meals.

What You'll Need

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 large salmon fillets, skin on and 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus additional for garnish

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat. Combine lemon juice and grapeseed oil together in a bowl. Brush liberally onto salmon skin and then onto salmon flesh.
  2. Make a rub mixture out of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Sprinkle onto salmon and then top with chopped dill.
  3. Place salmon flesh-side down onto grill grate. Allow to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, and very carefully using a spatula, work fillets away, on all sides, from grill grate. Once free, gently turn fillets over. Close cover and allow fish to cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 F to 150 F.
  1. Remove fish from grill and garnish with lemon slices and additional chopped dill.

Tips and Variations

If the idea of turning salmon fillets sounds too cumbersome and you are worried about the fish falling apart, you can place the salmon fillets onto a presoaked cedar plank and grill it that way. The cedar plank will infuse a bit of smokiness to the fish, but you won't get the signature grill marks. The best part is that the cooked fish will be delicious and you don't have to touch it while grilling. You can also use a fish grill basket which allows you to flip the fish while it is inside a metal grate. Spray or oil the basket first, then place the fish fillets inside; close the basket and place on the grill. Cook as directed in this recipe and simply use the handles to flip over the fish when it is time.

If you would like to use fresh garlic in this recipe instead of garlic powder, mince it very finely before adding to the salt and pepper. Then using the back of a fork, press into a paste and spread on the fish. You can also add another herb, if you like, such as chopped fresh parsley. 

Similar Grilled Salmon Recipes

If you happen to have salmon steaks instead of fillets, you can easily swap out in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time since you don't have a skin-side and a flesh-side. Or change the dill to thyme and cook up grilled salmon with thyme and lemon. For a basic grilled salmon recipe, all you need is the fish, oil, salt and pepper, and lemon wedges.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 293
Total Fat 22 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Sodium 1,215 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 20 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)