Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon

June 22, 2015

Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon heygrillhey.comGlory Hallelujah, it is salmon season! I mean real, honest to goodness, wild caught Alaskan salmon. Salmon that is free of artificial pink dyes and life in a cage. I know that sounds uppity and pretentious, but I’m kind of a fish snob. Fish that is sub-par tastes…well….fishy. And nobody really loves super fishy fish. If I’m shelling out the extra cash for some salmon, I want it to totally rock. I want to give it the royal treatment and dress it up pretty before serving it for dinner. I want to make a dish that I will remember until the next time I save up enough pennies to be able to afford more! Which is why I created this beautiful Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon.Cilnatro Lime Grilled Salmon-

My husband and kids ate this salmon like it was the best meal they’d ever had. My 6 year old asked for seconds. My 1 year old didn’t say anything that we could comprehend, but his face looked happy. My 3 year old sat at the table long after everybody was finished (he eats slowly) and savored every single last bite on his plate. It was a dinner miracle. This recipe is a serious keeper. Any food that warrants a reaction this good is worth paying for (bonus: it is healthy, fresh, low-cal, and soooooo easy.) Even your non-fish eaters will like this. Maybe. That camp is a hard one to crack. I bet you could at least get them to try a bite or two!! The marinade is the secret to taking this salmon from hum-drum to hum-dinger!cilantro lime salmon on grillCilantro and lime is an amazing flavor combo and it’s application carries from bright summer beverages to savory salsas and, in this case, to a delicious marinade for tasty salmon! Tangy lime is married with cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil to create a marinade that perfectly pairs with the mild flavors of fresh salmon. In just a few minutes, the marinade comes together and within an hour or two the whole dish is ready for a short stint on the grill. Serve the Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon on a bed of rice with a salad (or maybe this bacon wrapped asparagus) you’ve got a simple summer meal that brings the wow factor!Cilantro Lime Grilled
This time I am harnessing this tasty marinade on salmon, but it easily translates to chicken, steak, or shrimp (yum!). When marinating anything in a citrus based sauce, be sure to keep the waiting time fairly short (1-2 hours.) Any longer than that and the acids from the citrus can actually start to cook your meat and really mess with the texture. These flavors are so bright and strong, you don’t need much more time than that anyways.

Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon

cilantro lime grilled chicken on a plate

Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon

Tangy lime is married with cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil that perfectly pairs with the mild flavors of fresh salmon.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 10 mins
Total Time : 1 hr 20 mins
Servings : 4 people


  • 4 salmon filet portions (skin on)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp lime juice (about 1 whole lime)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (more as necessary)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lime, quartered (for garnish)


  • In a small food processor, pulse together the cilantro, lime zest and juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add additional olive oil as necessary until you reach a smooth sauce consistency.
    Close up shot of a small food processor, pulsing together cilantro, lime zest and juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • Place the salmon portions in a gallon sized zip top bag. Add the marinade to the bag, press out any excess air and seal. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours (not any longer.)
    Uncooked Salmon in a large ziploc bag, topped with green cilantro lime marinade
  • When ready to cook, prepare your grill for indirect cooking at medium heat. Your target temperature in your grill should be around 375 to 400 degrees F.
  • Remove the salmon from the marinade and place on your grill, skin side down. Use a spoon to spread any additional marinade on top of the salmon. Grill for 8-10 minutes (without flipping) or until the salmon is done. Your salmon is finished when the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
    uncooked salmon topped with the cilantro lime marinade, placed directly on the grill grate inside the grill
  • Serve immediately with freshly sliced lime wedges and additional cilantro, if desired.
    aerial view of grilled salmon prepared and served atop cooked rice
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9 thoughts on “Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon

  1. Great tasting and great texture too. I’ll definitely using this again and looking for other uses. Thanks. BTW, tried to rate it (5*) but wouldn’t work

  2. We made this for a couple of my friends. One of them is a real picky eater and had never tried salmon before. I was worried that she may not like it but she finished it all!! It was a great meal and we are making more today!

  3. This marinade was simply decadent. I’ve always loved the taste of cilantro. This is my go to recipe now. Thank you so much.

  4. This was absolutely delicious! It’s so fresh and bright tasting. I served it with coconut rice and mango salsa. I’m so glad I have some leftover for lunch tomorrow!

  5. Made it tonight. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great! It’s the first time I did salmon on the grill. Great recipe

  6. Wonderful taste combination! I have made it several times, and just feel like “where has cilantro and line been all my life?”

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