Grilled Salmon

$9.27 recipe / $3.09 serving
by Jess - Budget Bytes
5 from 1 vote
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Salmon is a real treat, but with a little bit of planning, I have found it can be enjoyed any time of year! Nice cuts of salmon are available fresh and/or frozen pretty much everywhere these days, making this Grilled Salmon recipe one that is great to have in your back pocket, especially during Summer.

cutting a piece of grilled salmon on a black plate with a fork.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, the only thing I craved that wasn’t sour fruits or crunchy veggies was salmon! My body must have been onto something because this recipe for Grilled Salmon goes perfectly with a squeeze of sour grilled lemon and vegetables of any kind! I found a great deal on skin-on wild-caught salmon at Walmart for this recipe, making it cost effective as well as delicious.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make grilled salmon:

  • Salmon: I found fresh Atlantic salmon on a good sale, so that’s what I used. I often find frozen salmon to be cheaper– just thaw before using.
  • Lemon: Adds freshness and a little bit of sourness.
  • Vegetable Oil: Helps the salmon grill without sticking.
  • Salt and Pepper: Enhance the natural flavor of the fish.

What Else Can I Add?

I kept things basic for this grilled salmon recipe, but it’s easy to season with your favorite spice blends, like:

Serving Suggestions

I love this grilled salmon served with rice, sauteed asparagus, wedges of fresh grilled lemon, and a dollop of our Tzaziki Sauce!

overhead view of 2 grilled salmon fillets on a black plate.
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Grilled Salmon

5 from 1 vote
Grilled salmon is so simple and delicious– perfect for summer when perhaps you’re trying to eat a little lighter.
cutting a piece of grilled salmon on a black plate with a fork.
Servings 3 (4-ounce fillets)
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 6-oz. pieces skin-on Atlantic salmon ($8.61)
  • 1 lemon, sliced in half ($0.50)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil ($0.04)
  • 1 tsp sea salt ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.10)

Instructions 

  • Preheat grill on high, 450-500°F. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1 tsp black pepper.
  • Brush lemon halves and salmon on all sides with oil and season with salt and pepper
  • Grill salmon (skin side down) and lemons (cut side down) to grill and grill for 6 minutes.
  • Flip lemons and salmon and grill for 4 minutes or until internal temp reaches about 135°F. Remove from grill and allow salmon to rest for a few minutes, where it will finish cooking and reach the perfect internal temperature of 145°F.

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Nutrition

Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 23gFat: 12gSodium: 826mgFiber: 1g
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a serving of grilled salmon and grilled vegetables on a black plate.

how to make Grilled Salmon – step by step photos

oil and spices in a glass dish.

Preheat grill on high, 450-500°F. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.

brushing oil over salmon fillets.

Brush the halves of 1 lemon and 2 6-oz. salmon fillets on all sides with oil and season with salt and pepper.

2 salmon fillets and lemon halves on a grill pan.

Grill salmon (skin side down) and lemons (cut side down) to grill and grill for 6 minutes.

partially grilled salmon fillets on a grill pan.

Flip lemons and salmon and grill for 4 minutes or until internal temp reaches about 135°F. Remove from grill and allow salmon to rest for a few minutes, where it will finish cooking and reach the perfect internal temperature of 145°F.

overhead view of a serving of grilled salmon and grilled vegetables on a black plate.

Break out the grill for this easy weeknight meal!

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  1. Please tell Jess her recipie was a hit. ♡ I have a large slab of salmon that I cut down myself to manageable pieces. I used a stovetop grill to cook salmon, red onion, and zucchini. ♡

  2. Thanks for having recipes for indoor grills. Always looking for ways to use this grill; this looks delicious!

  3. I love to grill fish. Although your photos show a stove top grill, I prefer to get all of the smell and cleanup out of the kitchen, not to mention the heat, by using my gas grill outside! Charcoal grills work, too. I even have a mini gas grill which cost about $25 and that we used while camping or tailgating, so it doesn’t have to be a big investment. Salmon is my fave, and I usually use lemon pepper as my seasoning of choice. I loved your photo of the accompanying grilled veggies, the perfect match for this easy, healthy, and inexpensive summer meal. Keep those great ideas coming, Jess!

    1. Yum! I love charcoal, too. I grew up with my mom making cod with lemon pepper seasoning all the time. We loved it! I feel like citrus really helps brighten up a fatty fish like salmon– good move! Thanks for your feedback and kind words!