Easy Grilled Salmon


In our opinion, salmon is one of the most underrated weeknight proteins. Not only is it light and nutritious, but it can it be prepared in myriad ways, most of which call for a very short cook time (hint: this entire dish comes together in just 15 minutes). You can bake it with honey mustard or pan-sear it with lemony greens and grains, but if you're in the mood to fire up the grill, this Easy Grilled Salmon is our top pick. Once you've made this dish once, it will quickly become a family favorite, just as it became quite popular in our Test Kitchen. When asked about the virtues of this recipe, Southern Living's Test Kitchen professionals wrote, "Salmon is perfect for a hot grill, as it chars up perfectly and the rich fatty flesh flakes super easy. The lemony-herby vinaigrette is perfect for balancing the richness of the fish." Plus, the recipe results in enough vinaigrette for some to spare as a side salad dressing. It doesn't get much easier than that. To ensure you achieve maximum flavor, our Test Kitchen professionals advise to always buy the freshest fish you can find. Use plenty of oil to keep your fish from sticking to the grill and cook for a couple minutes longer if you prefer your salmon well done. Serve with white wine or cold beer and you're on your way to an all-star, warm-weather dinner.

Easy Grilled Salmon
Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 salmon fillet)


  • 4 (6-oz.) skin-on salmon fillets

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (from 1 small shallot)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Brush salmon fillets evenly with 1 tablespoon of the oil; sprinkle with pepper and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Place salmon on oiled grates; grill, covered, until slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter.

  2. Whisk together lemon juice, parsley, shallot, mustard, and remaining 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; drizzle 3 to 4 tablespoons vinaigrette over salmon. Serve salmon alongside remaining vinaigrette.

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