Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Dill is a fresh and bright way to boost the flavor of this tasty fish. Just a few ingredients and a hot grill are all you need for the best salmon you’ll ever have!
Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Dill
Salmon is a mild fish with a great amount of flavorful fats, so I love creating recipes to complement what is already working in this fish’s favor. Lemon dill is the perfect salmon pairing because it is light and acidic, which means the flavor of your salmon will be enhanced, not covered up.
My favorite way to make this seasoning includes using olive oil as a base to combine the spices because it seems to spread the flavor more evenly across the salmon. If you have the time, you can spread on the seasoning and marinate the salmon in a zip top bag for 2-4 hours before grilling. The lemon dill seasoning is ideal for the grill because there are no sugars to burn and stick to the grates during the cooking process.
How to Grill Salmon
You’re on an grilling website, so I’m here to help you perfect your grilled salmon. So you can achieve the best results, I’ve got a few tips to teach you how to grill salmon:
-Start with skin on salmon. This is crucial to achieving the best flavor and most even cook on your salmon while preventing sticking.
-Lightly oil your grates with vegetable oil prior to grilling if they aren’t already well seasoned. I do this with a paper towel saturated with oil, swiped lightly on the grates.
-Preheat your grill for two zone cooking. This means you have direct heat (burners or charcoal running) on one side of the grill, and no heat, or very low heat on the other side. This allows you to roast your salmon without risk of burning on direct heat. You can also move the salmon to direct heat, if desired, and get nice grill marks on top without overcooking.
-Use a meat thermometer. Most recipes recommend cooking “until salmon is flaky and opaque” but that could mean very overcooked salmon and you often break your beautiful filets apart on the grill while checking for doneness. I use a digital instant read thermometer (like the Thermapen MK4) to track my temperature. FDA recommends 145 degrees F for cooked salmon. If you prefer a medium to medium rare cook, pull the salmon off at 125-130 degrees F.
How Long to Grill Salmon
With your grill preheated to around 400 degrees F, it will take about 10-12 minutes to grill a 1 inch thick, skin-on filet. Remember, you will be using indirect heat to roast the salmon skin side down. If you want grill marks, flip the salmon over onto the direct heat side of the grill for the last 1-2 minutes of grilling. Don’t forget to use that thermometer to keep an eye on your salmon temperature!
Check out these other great grilled salmon recipes:
- Sweet and Smoky Salmon Seasoning
- Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango Salsa
- Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon
- Smoked Maple Glazed Salmon
- Grilled Whole Salmon with Lemons and Shallots
- Salmon Tin Dins with Asparagus
Grilled Salmon Recipe and Video
I’ve got a quick little video showing you my method for this tasty grilled salmon. If you want to see more of my cooking recipe videos, follow along on YouTube channel, Facebook Watch episodes, or my Facebook fan page!
- 4 skin-on salmon filets
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons dried dill weed
- 1 Tablespoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 lemon zested
Preheat your grill for two-zone heat, meaning the high heat is on one half of the grill and the other half of the grill has no or very low heat. The overall temperature of the grill with the lid closed should be around 400 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients for the lemon dill seasoning in a bowl and spread on all sides of the salmon filets, except for the skin.
Place your salmon filets on the indirect heat side of the grill (no flames underneath) and close the lid. Cook for 8 minutes.
Squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the salmon filets. If you want some char and grill marks, at this point, flip the salmon over and cook on the direct heat side of the grill for 2 minutes more, or until the internal temperature reads 145 degrees F. Or leave on the indirect side of the grill, close the lid again, and cook for 2-4 more minutes or until desired temperature is reached.
Remove the salmon to a serving platter. Rest for 4-5 minutes. Serve with additional lemon slices, if desired.