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Grilled Salmon Recipe with Easy Lemon & Herb Marinade

Delicious lemon grilled salmon marinated in zesty lemon & fresh herbs for a burst of flavor. Quick, healthy and perfect for any occasion!

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

Cooking salmon does not get much easier than with this easy salmon marinade.  It’s my favorite way to cook delicious, pan-seared salmon with just a handful of ingredients.

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We love salmon! Especially fresh caught salmon from one of our fishing trips. We are lucky to have an opportunity to go salmon fishing several times a year.

This leaves me with a freezer full of fish just asking for delicious ways to prepare it. I have to say that this grilled salmon is one of my favorites!

This dish has wonderful flavour and is super quick and easy to create. Be sure to add this lemon salmon marinade recipe to your meal planning!  

We also love this bourbon salmon marinade & herb crusted salmon recipe – check them out.

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

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Supplies

Lemon Salmon marinade ingredients in clear glass bowls on a white counter.

Ingredients

​Let’s start with a few simple ingredients from the grocery store. 

  • Salmon fillets, cut into 2” strips
  • Unsalted butter
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Garlic clove, minced
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt & pepper
Salmon lemon marinade ingredients mixed in a clear glass bowl with a small whisk.

Instructions

1. Prepare the fish by removing pin bones with tweezers, removing the skin and cutting into 2” strips.

2. In a small bowl combine oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic cloves and seasonings for the marinade.  Mix well.

Salmon in a freezer bag with lemon garlic marinade.

3. Place salmon in a large freezer bag and pour the marinade overtop.

Salmon filets in a freezer bag with lemon and garlic marinade.

4. Squeeze out the air and place in the fridge for 30 minutes (up to 60 mins).

5. Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat, add butter.

Three raw salmon filets in a cast iron skillet.

6. Remove fish from the marinade and pour 1/4 cup into the skillet (reserve remaining marinade), turn down to medium and allow garlic to cook for about 1 min until fragrant.

Cooked salmon filets in a cast iron skillet.

7. Add the salmon to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once half way through.

Tip: the fish is cooked when the color is opaque, fish is firm to the touch and starts to flake off with a fork.

8. Remove the salmon from the skillet and add the remaining marinade.  

9. Cook until reduced and garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes, before spooning over the fillets.

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

10. Serve with garlic rice, sauted broccoli and soy sauce.

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

Recipe Notes

  • ​Top with sliced lemons or lemon zest if desired.
  • Cook until the internal temperature reaches the desired level of doneness.
  • Change this up by replacing the lemon with orange juice, add a bit of ginger and you now have an orange ginger marinade.
  • Substitute garlic powder for garlic cloves in a pinch.
Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices with a fork in it.

Try replacing the honey with maple syrup or brown sugar.

Dried herbs will work but fresh ingredients are always best.

You can cook this fish on the grill rack of an outdoor grill, in the air fryer or on the stove top. 

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

What to Serve With Salmon?

Try one of yummy sides!

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices and a fork full of salmon.

With just a few minutes of prep you can create the best salmon marinade.  Add this delicious marinade to your recipe planning this week!

Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

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Salmon fillets in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

Grilled Salmon Recipe with Easy Lemon & Herb Marinade

Delicious lemon grilled salmon marinated in zesty lemon & fresh herbs for a burst of flavor. Quick, healthy and perfect for any occasion!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 pound salmon fillets cut into 2” strips
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/4 tsp each salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the fish by removing pin bones with tweezers, removing the skin and cutting into 2” strips.
  • In a small bowl combine oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic cloves and seasonings for the marinade.  Mix well.
  • Place salmon in a large freezer bag and pour the marinade overtop.
  • Squeeze out the air and place in the fridge for 30 minutes (up to 60 mins).
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat, add butter.
  • Remove fish from the marinade and pour 1/4 cup into the skillet (reserve remaining marinade), turn down to medium and allow garlic to cook for about 1 min until fragrant.
  • Add the salmon to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once half way through.
  • Remove the salmon from the skillet and add the remaining marinade.
  • Cook until reduced and garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes, before spooning over the fillets.

Notes

The fish is cooked when the color is opaque, fish is firm to the touch and starts to flake off with a fork.

Nutrition

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 1139mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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