Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter
Grilled Salmon with garlic lime butter is the BEST grilled salmon recipe you’ll ever try! The crisp and flaky texture mixed with the garlic lime butter is simply irresistible. The garlic lime butter is so good, we even used it on Grilled Corn on the Cob! Just wait until you see why we are so obsessed with this salmon recipe.
In just 30 minutes or less, you’ll have dinner on the table for a simple weeknight meal everyone will enjoy. Serve it with a few sides like Grilled Vegetables, and Creamy Mashed Potatoes to complete the meal.
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Grilled Salmon Recipe:
Break out the BBQ for this Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter and eat like you’re on vacation! Cooking salmon on the grill adds incredible smoky tones to salmon and the flavored butter takes it over the top with fresh summer flavor.
Your dinner guests will be humming over this salmon recipe. It will become your go-to for grilling season and you’ll make it again and again!
This grilled salmon recipe is easy-easy-easy with just 15 minutes of marinating time. It’s quick and incredibly flavorful since you’ll use more of that sauce while it is sizzling on the grill, and then drizzle the reserved sauce just before serving which gives it unbelievable flavor!
Ingredients for Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter:
No need to go to a million different stores on a wild goose chase for any oddball ingredients for this recipe! Simple yet flavorful is the motto here! Just grab a few basic ingredients and you’ll be ready to get grilling your salmon.
- Unsalted butter
- Garlic smashed (NOT PRESSED)
- Lime juice plus lime wedges to serve
- Fresh dill
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Salmon filet (skin-on)
Tools for Grilled Salmon:
This recipe is simple and does not require any fancy equipment. Here are the tools we use to make it easier and safer to grill salmon.
- A long pair of Tongs to flip salmon
- A grilling spatula (or heat proof spatula)
- An oven mitt (for safety!)
- Saucepan and silicone brush to apply butter
- How to Make Garlic Lime Butter:
1. In a small saucepan, melt butter and add smashed garlic, salt and black pepper. Simmer until fragrant then add dill and lime juice and remove from heat. Transfer half the sauce to a bowl and set aside remaining sauce in saucepan to brush the finished salmon.
How to Grill Salmon:
1. Brush tops of salmon filets with 1/2 of the sauce from the bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator while preheating the grill.
2. Preheat grill to medium/high and oil the grates. Place salmon onto grill, skin-side-down. Cover and grill over medium/high for 3 minutes.
3. Loosen salmon with a spatula if needed, then carefully flip over, cover and cook another 2 minutes. Flip again and brush tops with the remaining sauce in the bowl. Cover and continue grilling just until salmon is flaky and cooked through (another minute, or according to grilling chart below).
4. Transfer to a platter and drizzle with sauce reserved in the saucepan (if butter has hardened, heat just until melted). Garnish with fresh dill and serve with lime wedges.
Salmon Grilling Tips:
- When grilling salmon, be sure to buy skin-on salmon fillets. Salmon is very tender and flaky and the skin helps keep it together on the grill without falling through the grates.
- The butter in this recipe makes the salmon juicy and rich in flavor – don’t worry about the amount as some of it is lost on the grill.
- When flipping salmon, wear an oven mitt and start with the filets at the back in case of flare ups.
How Long Do You Grill Salmon?
So you know how long to cook salmon on the grill, we created this salmon grilling chart. Follow these salmon grilling guidelines for med/high heat (350˚F):
- 1″ thick fillets = 3 minutes per side
- 3/4″ thick fillets = 2-3 minutes per side
- 1/2″ thick fillets = 2 minutes per side
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Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter
In a small sauce pan, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Smash 4 garlic cloves with the flat of a large knife and to saucepan with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Simmer 2 mins or until fragrant. Add chopped dill and 2 Tbsp lime juice then remove from heat. Transfer half of sauce to a small bowl. Reserve and set aside remaining sauce in the pan to use for serving.
Arrange salmon fillets on a platter skin-side-down and brush tops with 1/4 of the sauce from the bowl. Let salmon marinate in refrigerator 15 mins while grill preheats.
Preheat grill to medium/high (350˚F). Brush the hot grill clean and oil the grates**. Place salmon onto preheated grill, skin-side-down. Cover and grill over medium/high (350˚F) heat undisturbed, about 2 minutes on the first side.
Carefully flip salmon over (it helps to have a spatula to loosen it and tongs to flip it over), cover and cook another 2 minutes. Flip again and (while wearing the oven mitt and starting with the filets at the back), brush tops with 1/4 of remaining sauce from the bowl. Cover and continue grilling just until salmon is flaky and cooked through (another minute, or according to grilling chart below depending on salmon thickness).
Remove salmon from grill and drizzle with sauce reserved in saucepan (if butter has hardened, heat just until melted). Garnish with fresh dill and serve with lime wedges to squeeze over salmon if desired.
***Salmon Grilling Chart for med/high heat (350˚F):
1″ thick fillets = 3 minutes per side
3/4″ thick fillets = 2-3 minutes per side
1/2″ thick fillets = 2 minutes per side
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My entire family really enjoyed this salmon. My 2-year old was surprised by the taste at first (must have been the fresh lime that excited her taste buds) but she enjoyed it also! That is just the best feeling when your kids happily eat something you make and especially when salmon is full of brain and heart boosting Omega 3 fatty acids. YES!!