Perfect Grilled Salmon

How to Grill Salmon Like a Pro

Get ready to conquer your culinary fears with this foolproof Grilled Salmon recipe. Whether you’re a grilling newbie or a seasoned pro, this guide will help you create a tender, flaky, and flavorful salmon every time.


  • 1.5 pounds of salmon (skin on or off)
  • 1 small bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the Salmon: Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for 10 minutes. Preheat your grill to medium heat (375-400°F).
  2. Prepare the Foil Packet: Line a baking sheet with a large sheet of aluminum foil. If desired, lay a sheet of parchment paper on top to prevent the salmon from sticking to the foil.

  3. Season the Salmon: Place a few sprigs of dill and half of the lemon slices in the center of the foil. Place the salmon on top, skin side down. Drizzle with melted butter or olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Top with the remaining dill and lemon slices.
  4. Create the Foil Packet: Fold the sides of the foil up and over the salmon, sealing it completely. Leave a little room inside for air circulation.
  5. Grill the Salmon:
    Carefully slide the foil packet onto the grill and close the lid. Grill for 14-18 minutes, or until the salmon is almost cooked through at the thickest part.
  6. Check for Doneness: Open the grill and carefully open the foil packet. Close the grill and continue grilling for 3 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through.
  7. Serve: Remove the salmon from the grill and serve immediately. Sprinkle with chopped dill and an extra squeeze of lemon, if desired.

Tips for Perfect Grilled Salmon

  • Use the foil packet method: This ensures the salmon stays moist and tender, preventing it from sticking or falling apart.
  • Don’t overcook: Salmon is a delicate fish that can quickly become dry. Check for doneness by inserting a fork into the thickest part. It should flake easily but still have a little translucency in the center.
  • Season generously: Don’t be shy with the salt and pepper. They enhance the natural flavor of the salmon.
  • Try different seasonings: In addition to dill and lemon, you can experiment with other herbs, citrus fruits, or marinades.


  • Grilled Salmon with Capers: Add 1-2 tablespoons of drained capers to the foil packet for a bright and tangy flavor.
  • Grilled Salmon with Lime: Use lime instead of lemon and cilantro instead of dill for a refreshing twist.
  • Grilled BBQ Salmon: Brush the salmon with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce before grilling.
  • Grilled Salmon with Soy Sauce: Swap the melted butter for 1/4 cup of soy sauce for an Asian-inspired flavor.
  • Grilled Salmon with Brown Sugar: Stir 1/4 cup of brown sugar into the melted butter for a sweet and savory glaze.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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