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Lemon Chipotle BBQ Salmon Recipe

Grilled Lemon Salmon Recipe

This grilled lemon salmon recipe is a summer time staple around here.  We love the light combination of flavours and perfectly cooked fish on the grill.

Do you enjoy trying out seafood recipes? One of my top seafood favourites is salmon. There are so many types of salmon readily available these days and so many great recipes.

We have been making all kinds of delicious grilled recipes this spring like these grilled zucchini bites and cheesy campfire dip.  And did you see the garbage can turkey recipe from last week?!  Mind blown!!

I have to say that this grilled salmon is probably my favorite recent recipe though.  And that is saying a lot because prior to being introduced to this dish, I didn’t even like fish! 

The combination of delicious flavour and the way that this is cooked is seriously to die for.  It’s so delicious that I keep asking for more.

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No matter what variety I am using, sockeye, chinook, or even Atlantic salmon, I find wild salmon yields the most delicious results. Today’s easy recipe for grilled lemon chipotle salmon is one of my favourite ways of preparing salmon.

It has so much flavour! It’s a delicious dish to serve for special occasions and simple enough for a healthy dinner on a busy weeknight.

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How to make lemon salmon:

lemon bbq salmon


  • 3 pounds salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon, zested and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle mango seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried parsley


1. Place the salmon on a cutting board, skin side down.

2. Use needle nose pliers to pull out large bones (optional).

3. Sprinkle the fillet with sugar, seasoning and garlic.

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4. Top with lemon zest.
5. Slice lemon thinly and place lemon slices on the salmon.
6. Sprinkle with parsley.

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7. Heat the bar-b-que grill to medium-high heat of 400 degrees F.
8. Place salmon fillets skin side down on the grill for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees F.

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How to test for doneness:

The trick to achieving moist salmon is to not overcook it. It’s done when the flesh is opaque and springy to the touch.

Tip: don’t worry about the sides or bottom of the salmon burning as the skin acts as a protective barrier.  It’s absolutely delicious!

lemon bbq salmon

We love this paired with grilled vegetables like fresh green beans or asparagus topped with cheese sauce.  I am a salmon loving convert after tasting this yummy recipe for the first time. 

Tips and Tricks:

  • Bake times will vary, depending on the size and thickness of your salmon. Keep a close eye on it to prevent dry salmon.
  • Always use the thickest part of the fillet when checking for doneness.
  • If you are more comfortable using the oven method of cooking, try an easy baked salmon. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a large piece of foil, brushed with olive oil. Then continue with the recipe as written.
  • This great main dish can also easily be made as a foil packet meal.
  • For even more lemon flavour, line a large sheet of aluminium foil or baking dish with extra lemon slices before adding the cut fillets.
lemon bbq salmon

We’ve experimented with a few variations, one of which I will be sharing as soon as I can take photos of it.  It’s an orange ginger take on this recipe that I think you guys will love as much as I do. Update: try this orange ginger salmon recipe!

Alternative ingredients to try:

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What to serve with salmon:

  • Green beans or a simple salad would make perfect side dishes.
  • A small bowl of fresh lemon wedges is a must for the dinner table.
  • Add a sprinkling of fresh herbs to the top of the salmon before serving.
  • Cook up a quick lemon garlic butter sauce using melted butter, sliced garlic cloves, and fresh lemon juice. Season with some kosher salt and black pepper.
  • We love a side of skillet asparagus or grilled corn on the cob.
  • Try making our favorite dill pickle pasta salad or this yummy grilled corn salad!
  • This mango salsa recipe is also perfect for serving with fish!
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Be sure to check out these 20+ Best Smoker Recipes on a Pellet Grill too!

On your next trip to the grocery store, check out their seafood section. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a fishing trip and stock your freezer. You’re going to be making this grilled salmon a lot!

If you loved this BBQ Lemon Salmon Recipe, please give it a five star review and share it on Facebook or Pinterest so that others can enjoy it too!

lemon bbq salmon

Lemon Chipotle BBQ Salmon Recipe

This lemon chipotle BBQ salmon recipe is a summer time staple around here.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 5 servings


  • 3 lbs salmon fillet
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle mango seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried parsley


  • Place the salmon on a board skin side town.
  • Sprinkle with sugar, seasoning and garlic.
  • Top with zest of one lemon.
  • Slice lemon thinly and place on salmon.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.
  • Heat the bar-b-que grill to 400.
  • Cook skin side down for 25 minutes.
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