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Fork flaking a grilled cilantro lime salmon fillet.
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Cilantro Lime Grilled Salmon

Tangy lime combines with cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, and olive oil for a marinade that pairs perfectly with the mild flavors of fresh salmon. Save yourself some trouble this week and add this recipe for grilled cilantro lime salmon to your meal plan. It's a family favorite that is a breeze to make.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Marinade Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue, Diet Food, Party Food
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Salmon
Servings: 4 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 4 salmon fillets skin on
  • 1 lime quartered, for garnish

Cilantro Lime Marinade

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ cup olive oil more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Make the cilantro lime marinade. 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 needed until you reach a smooth consistency.
  • Marinate. Place the salmon portions in a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Add the marinade to the bag, press out any excess air, and seal. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours (not any longer.)
  • Preheat. When ready to cook the salmon, prepare your grill for indirect cooking at medium heat. Your target temperature in your grill should be around 375 to 400 degrees F.
  • Grill. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place it 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 internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. The flesh will appear opaque and flake easily with a fork.
  • Enjoy. Serve immediately with freshly sliced lime wedges and additional cilantro, if desired.


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1245mg | Potassium: 886mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg