Thanks to the grilling recipes submitted recently, I have been in heaven trying to decide what recipes to grill first.

This salmon recipe came at the perfect moment – right about the time my husband was scratching his head wondering how to fix the salmon he had bought for Mother’s Day.

I handed over this recipe that Nicole submitted (incidentally, two others submitted the same recipe, Marisa and Jodee, so you know it has to be a keeper!) and I am so glad her comment popped up when it did because honestly, this is some of the most delicious, tender, flavorful salmon we have ever prepared and eaten – AND it was extremely simple to prepare and grill.

Oh, it was so fabulous, I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind and I completely stuffed myself on Mother’s Day because I couldn’t stop eating this. Yum! Thanks Nicole, Maris and Jodee!

What To ServeSteamed Broccoli
Summer Couscous Salad
Caprese Skewers

Tender Grilled Salmon

Tender Grilled Salmon


  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
  • lemon pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Recipe Source: from Nicole (and Marisa and Jodee)

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34 Responses to Tender Grilled Salmon

  1. sydney davie says:

    Mel, I am new to your sight and I’m loving it. I was in a cooking funk and needed a little motivation. This recipe was AWESOME!! My husband grilled the salmon and I made the suggested summer couscous salad and we were blown away at how delicious it was.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I made this tonight and it was delish. My 8 year old son asked for thirds and usually he doesn’t like fish when I serve it! It was pouring rain so I broiled it like some others commented but I will definitely try on the barbecue too. Thanks for another yummy recipe!

  3. Sheila H. says:

    I made this as part of my “eat more fish” resolution and we all loved it. My picky child was begging for more but there was not any. The next time, I think I will add a few tablespoons of frozen orange concentrate to the mix. YUM!

  4. Sheila says:

    Delicious and so easy to prepare! I made with your recently posted spinach salad with apple, feta (used goat cheese with honey), bacon, and spicy nuts. We loved this nutrient power packed meal. I loved the ease of preparing it. Thank you so much, my talented friend, for sharing with us.

  5. Tonya says:

    This was awesome! I didn’t grill the salmon, but I broiled it. This was awesome! This recipe is on my ‘repeat’ list.

  6. Lindsay says:

    Grilled the salmon using a cedar plank and it was soooo wonderful! It was so easy as well. I wonder if my family will get sick of it if I make it every night this week 🙂 Thanks for posting this recipe.

  7. Tami says:

    Hi Mel – Had this salmon last night and it was sooo delicious. My teenager also made your Tex Mex Enchilda casserole as a project for his Spanish class. This was a hit! Will definately make both recipes again! Thanks!

  8. Lauren J. says:

    We loved this! I have a hard time cooking salmon and enjoying what I cooked but this was so simple and so good! We grilled ours and followed the recipe exactly. So moist with a perfect flavor. My husband says we have to have this again. Thanks!

  9. Joy says:

    Any ideas of what to do with the leftovers? I like to reuse the main dish in a different way but I hardly ever make fish so I need some help.

    Btw this was very very yummy. Well definitely make it again.

  10. Trina Fuller says:

    We had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Even my 2 and 4 year old were eating this up. Thanks for sharing!
    Love your website!
    Trina 🙂

  11. Erin says:

    Hey Mel! Do you have a recipe for grilled salmon that has a real lemon flavor? I can not find one. like really lemony!

  12. Wild Salmon Man says:


  13. Fairlight says:

    This is a wonderful recipe! I came to your blog to find an alternative to our usual (yummy) salmon recipe. To my surprise I found this and it’s my recipe! I got it in our AK electric bill flier.

  14. Nathalie says:

    I made this recipe last night and it was SO good! I’ve made salmon in the past and it was good, but I never found a recipe that I actually LOVED- I was really impressed with this recipe and it was so simple to make, who would think it could taste so wonderful? Because I made it after I was home from work I was only able to let it marinate for 45 minutes, but it still was really tasty, I can only imagine if it was marinated longer- I served mine with jasmine rice and spaghetti squash! This recipe is a defenite keeper!

  15. Bethany says:

    I’m looking forward to making this! What do you serve with it? 🙂

  16. Ashlee says:

    Mel, you are my favorite person lately! On Sunday, my MIL announced she’d be making salmon again…It hasn’t turned out the last 3 times, and it’s been almost gross. My hubby and I hurried to your website to see how you’ve made it in the past, and we nicely suggested this recipe. Oh, it was so good!!! You saved dinner! This time everyone actually ate it and there were no leftovers! She actually just cooked it in the oven since it’s below 0 outside and no one volunteered to go out and grill, but it was delicious! Thanks for another great one!

  17. Jillian McGregor says:

    I made this tonight and everyone loved it. I even ate it (I’m not a fish lover). My kids were saying their “eww”‘s and “yucks”, but in the end they loved it. My husband even thought it was great. I marinated it 3 1/2 hrs and I would cut the time back some next time. Did I mention it was their first experience with fish? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Mel says:

      Jillian – wow, I’m happy the first experience with fish was so good, despite the initial reactions (which I get ALL the time at my house, by the way). Thanks for letting me know!

  18. Kara says:

    I picked up some fresh salmon and wasn’t sure what to do with it, we tried this tonight and we were both in LOVE! Even my kids liked it, which is a big thing! This is on our must make again list for sure.


  19. Melanie says:

    Kara – oh, that is nice when everyone agrees dinner was a hit. I’m impressed your kids liked the salmon. Way to go!

  20. Anonymous says:

    My kids, husband, and I really enjoyed the salmon. It is always nice that everyone LOVES a certain dish! Thanks!


  21. Marisa says:

    I’m so glad you tried it! It was one that sounded good, but we hadn’t tried it yet. So I will definitely add this to our menu for the next week.

  22. Steph says:

    Sounds delicious Melanie! Grilling is one of my favorite things to do, especially when the weather gets nice…not like today. But soon. Great recipe!

  23. Deborah says:

    Oooh, I’ll be saving this – I have some salmon in the freezer right now!

  24. Melanie says:

    Woodbury Family – thanks for commenting and letting me know you liked this! Just seeing your comment makes me want to make it again – it has been a while!

  25. Kevin says:

    That grilled salmon looks good!

  26. Melanie says:

    KA – Oh, I am SO glad you made it and liked it. I don’t think anyone would ever comment and tell me they thought something was terrible (I wish they would it if really happened)…but it’s still good to hear you made something and it turned out great!

  27. Woodbury Family says:

    I made this salmon for dinner today and loved it. I cooked it under the broiler for 5 minutes on each side because I’m too much of a baby to go outside and grill in the cold. This recipe’s a keeper! Very yummy.

  28. KA says:

    I made this last night…delicious!!!

  29. Jodee says:

    This must be a popular one, I too posted it in your comments and then after reading through them all, noticed 2 other people posted the same recipe! Funny! It’s a keeper for sure!

  30. grace says:

    if it’s recommended by three food bloggers, it must be good! and if the list of ingredients is any indication, i’m sure it was sweet and satisfying!

  31. Melanie says:

    Jodee, great observation! I have looked at all the recipes submitted but obviously not close enough to realize several submitted the same salmon recipe. You are right, it must be a keeper! Thanks for giving me a heads up and thank to everyone else who submitted it as well.

  32. Angie says:

    I loved this one, too!! Rick and I made the salmon this past weekend for our “Anniversary Dinner”. We both loved it! It had AMAZING taste and tenderness AND no fishy taste to it! We’ll definitely be making it again sometime soon.Thanks, Nicole, for listing it in the grilling recipes!

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