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The Best Grilled Salmon

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You, too, can make the absolute BEST Grilled Salmon in foil on the grill. This salmon has a slightly sweet and smoky flavor and is grilled to perfection in just around 15 minutes!

During cooking, the marinade creates a nice glaze so that the salmon filets end up with a slightly crisp outside and light flakiness inside. This simple grilled salmon is not only delicious, but it is extremely easy to prepare.

The marinade is mixed up right in a ziplock bag and the fish is grilled in little aluminum boats placed right on top of the grill grates making clean up easy!

My family agrees this is the best salmon recipe ever, and I think yours will, too!

Best Grilled Salmon in foil recipe

Why you’ll love this grilled salmon recipe

  • SIMPLE ingredients
  • FUN to make
  • EASY clean up
  • PERFECT every time!

Behind the recipe

Grilling is practically a year-round thing at our house. Early Spring until late Fall, you’ll find John flipping burgers, chops, steaks—well, just about anything, really—at least two or three times a week.  

Lately, we’ve been adding this salmon recipe to our regular grilling rotation. What’s surprising about that is for the longest time John believed he didn’t even like salmon.

Until we tried this delicious grilled salmon recipe!

That’s a big win for me because I love salmon. Now my hubby’s the one who suggests we pick up salmon for the grill. You know what they say, “happy wife, happy life”!

We first made this recipe over two years ago and my family whole-heartedly agrees that this truly is the BEST salmon they’ve ever eaten.

This salmon recipe is by far the best I’ve had! 5 stars for sure!

— Lynn

How to make the best grilled salmon

Place grilled salmon marinade in ziplock bag for at least one hour
Best Grilled Salmon marinates in ziplock bag for easy clean-up!

STEP 1 | Marinade the salmon

Combine the grilled salmon marinade ingredients in a single gallon-size zip lock bag (no need to dirty up a bowl). Add the salmon, and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to penetrate the fish.

Cooking salmon filets on the grill in aluminum foil boats with marinade

STEP 2 | Make aluminum foil boats

After soaking up all that flavorful marinade, the salmon fillets are grilled in little aluminum foil “boats”. I use heavy duty non-stick aluminum foil and just fold up the sides a couple of times to make a lip.

STEP 3 | Grill the fish

Place the filets on the foil skin side down, then pour some of the marinade over the top. The best part is that after grilling, you just toss the foil!

Grilled salmon on a white plate with baked sweet potato

The salmon is perfectly cooked after just 15-18 minutes on the grill with the lid down. Be careful that you avoid overcooking or the salmon will become too dry. The salmon should lift away from the skin easily with a flat spatula.

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How do you know when fish is done?

Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork in the thickest part of the filet. The color should change from red to pink, but may still look a little translucent.

Which side do you cook first?

Always start cooking with the skin side down (for any recipe) as the fish will be easier to flip. Otherwise, the fish may stick to the grill grates and flake away.

Can you eat the skin?

Yes, you absolutely can eat the skin. With this recipe, however, I usually serve the salmon without the skin because it does not get crispy with this particular cooking method and I eating the skin if it has been pan-fried.

Should you wash fish before cooking?

It’s always a good idea to rinse any meat under cool running water and dry with paper towels before cooking. Always remember to sanitize your sink and counter tops after this process, though, to avoid any splattered bacteria.

What do you serve with grilled salmon?

I like to serve this healthy grilled salmon with a baked sweet potato and my 20-minute oven roasted Brussels sprouts. Other options include:

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Cooking dinner on the grill gets everyone involved in preparing the meal at our house. We love being outdoors and grill as often as the weather cooperates — sometimes even three or four times a week.

Here are a few of our favorite grilling recipes:

Best Grilled Salmon on a white plate with baked sweet potato

I seriously can’t even count how many times we’ve used this recipe to grill salmon. The marinade is so flavorful, the salmon is tender and flaky, and clean up is a breeze.

This recipe is always a winner with our crowd and has become one of our go-to options because it is SO easy and SO tasty!

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Sheila @ Life, Love & Good Food

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Home Cook, Wife, Mom, Nana

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I've used this recipe several times and it's absolutely delicious and favorite. We grill it and never fails! Thanks for sharing.


Friday 9th of April 2021 too am a salmon hater. My husband loves it and was stuck with only getting to have it when we ate out. I loved this recipe and him even more so. Thank you so much for sharing.

Bill Stafford

Monday 5th of April 2021

Salmon is just fabulous. Recipe easy to follow. Thanks. Made lots of times.

Sandra Ylisto

Sunday 4th of April 2021

We loved this!! I added a little honey. My company said it was the best they had ever had!


Sunday 28th of February 2021

Can you cook this in a skillet on the stove?

Sheila Thigpen

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Pam, I wouldn't recommend cooking this in a skillet on the stove. Instead, you may enjoy this salmon recipe for Honey Soy Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner that can be prepared indoors.

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