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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.

Grilled salmon on platter with lime and dill

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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!

Flaked grilled salmon on a plate with lime

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)

Salmon recipe ingredients with skin-on-salmon filet, lime, butter, garlic, and dill

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.

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.

Step by step how to make garlic lime butter

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.

Brushing salmon filets to grill

2. Preheat grill to medium/high (350˚F-400˚F) 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.

Brushing salmon with flavored butter on the grill

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

Perfectly Grilled salmon filets drizzled with garlic lime butter and served with lime wedges

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Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter

4.89 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 22 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Break out the BBQ for this Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter and eat like you're on vacation! Go-To Grilled Salmon recipe - it excites your taste buds!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: Varies by Season and Price of Salmon
Keyword: grilled salmon
Calories: 355 kcal
Servings: 6 (6 oz each) salmon filets

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (8 Tbsp)
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed (NOT PRESSED)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (from 1 lime)plus lime wedges to serve
  • 2 Tbsp dill chopped, plus more to garnish
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lbs salmon filet skin-on, cut into 6 (6-oz each) portions

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. Preheat grill to medium/high (350˚F to 400˚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.

  4. 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).
  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

***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

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 457mg20%
Potassium 749mg21%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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!!

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  • Ricardo
    September 9, 2019

    I believe your temp. Setting is not good. I tried and it didn’t worked. Maybe you should specified distance from the burners or coal to the salmon. I end up using 500 degrees in the second rack. The upper rack for about three minutes each side. Reply

    • Natasha
      September 9, 2019

      Hi Ricardo, 500 degrees is too hot for salmon. As a general rule of thumb, medium heat = 350, medium/high = 400, and high heat = 450-500. At 500, you would definitely want them on the upper rack or they would burn. I had the temperature in the recipe card, but will update that in the post to specify and thank you for pointing that out. Reply

  • Jessica Williams
    August 7, 2019

    As always, this recipe is so delicious!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2019

      Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Libby
    August 6, 2019

    Question: Do you think it would still be tasty to substitute EVOO in place of butter for someone on the Mediterranean diet following heart surgery? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2019

      Hi Libby, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Susan M
    July 31, 2019

    My husband is not a very good cook but he made this Salmon recipe and we were all shocked it turned out so well. Luckily he grilled it on a piece of foil since it did kind of fall apart but it was still delicious. I had the leftovers in a salad for lunch today. He followed the recipe but we didn’t have dill. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 31, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Susan! Reply

  • Emely Tejada
    July 23, 2019

    Hi Natasha my name is Emely and I’m sure I’m just a kid but I love all your recipes can you please tell me which one is the easiest . Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2019

      Hi Emely, thank you for taking the time to write in! If you follow this link here about halfway down the post you will find some of our popular and easier recipes. I hope this helps! Reply

  • Jen Busciglio
    July 21, 2019

    Question how do you “smash” garlic ? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 21, 2019

      Hi Jen, I smash it with the blunt end of a knife, just crush it so it can release flavor and so you can fish it out of the butter easily later. Reply

  • Ashley F
    July 1, 2019

    This was incredibly good and so easy to make! Love it! Reply

    • Natasha
      July 1, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear you loved grilled salmon recipe! Thank you for the awesome review and have a great 4th of July week! Reply

  • Echo
    July 1, 2019

    This salmon looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make it soon! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2019

      I hope you love it! We look forward to your feedback. Reply

  • Melissa
    July 1, 2019

    Easy to make and so delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Melissa! Reply

  • Jen
    July 1, 2019

    So excited that I have everything to make this! Loving this all summer long. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2019

      That’s the best! Thank you for that awesome review, Jen! Reply

    • Michelle
      July 1, 2019

      Can I make this in the oven? I don’t have a grill 🙁 Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        July 2, 2019

        Hi Michelle, yes you could bake this in the oven instead following these baking instructionsReply

        • Linda
          July 3, 2019

          Thanks for the tip about the oven. Love you and your recipes. Reply

          • Natashas Kitchen
            July 3, 2019

            You’re welcome!

  • Kara
    July 1, 2019

    Such a great idea to use skin on salmon for grilling. It was always frustrating for me when pieces of the salmon would break off and fall through the grate. This is my new favorite way to grill salmon! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Kara! Reply

  • norton.com/setup
    November 24, 2018

    nice food i loved it Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2018

      I’m so happy you are enjoying that! Thank yoU! Reply

  • Miriam
    August 6, 2018

    Just made this salmon tonight and everyone absolutely LOVED it!!! Thank you for the amazing recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2018

      That’s so great Miriam! I’m happy you all enjoyed that! Reply

  • NatashaM
    May 6, 2018

    This looks amazing!!! Can I use lemon instead of lime? If so same amount? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 7, 2018

      Hi Natasha, yes lemon would still work well here 🙂 Reply

  • August 30, 2017

    I love it so much. Mouthwatering food. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2017

      I totally agree Ellie! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • August 29, 2017

    I love it so much. Mouthwatering food. Its the bright color of salmon. Cant wait to try it…. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 29, 2017

      It is so easy to make and so delicious too! Please let me know what you think! Reply

  • Mark Woerner
    August 16, 2017

    Why unsalted butter. Just healthier or does it affect taste? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 16, 2017

      Hi Mark, I always purchase unsalted butter for cooking and baking so I can control how much salt goes into the recipe. You can absolutely use salted butter but you probably want to cut back on the salt in the recipe if you do that. Reply

  • August 8, 2017

    just love the recipe… awesome Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2017

      I’m glad you like it Lena! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Ema
    August 3, 2017

    I made this today and it was to die for! So so flavorful and fresh tasting with the lime. I baked it because it didn’t have the time to grill, and it was amazing. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 4, 2017

      You’re welcome Ema! I’m glad to hear you love this recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Jessica
    July 2, 2017

    My husband and I recently changed our diet to mostly seafood, and sometimes baked or grilled chicken. I really appreciate this recipe. It looks like it will be divine!!! Can’t wait to get the grill going tomorrow! What sides do you suggest? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 2, 2017

      Hi Jessica, my favorite thing to serve with salmon is asparagus and here is our go-to recipe. Rice or potatoes would also be very good. It’s really hard to narrow it down wit this one because it pairs well with so many different dishes. Reply

  • June 28, 2017

    Awesome recipe. I tired it and it was really so great. I have even suggested it to my cook. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Sharon
    June 27, 2017

    No grill here, any chance this can be baked in the oven, with a similar outcome? Reply

  • Greg Pavich
    June 24, 2017

    Can’t wait to try it out! Your other oven baked salmon recipe is my go to recipe when cooking salmon. But will try this out for sure! Actually all I ever do is look at your site for recipe ideas. Never been disappointed! Love them all. Thank you very much for making me a better chef 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 25, 2017

      Thank YOU Greg for following! Please let me know what you think of this recipe when you decide to try it! Reply

  • June 23, 2017

    Great! i must commend this meal. would love to add this to my rice in the evening. great recipe natasha. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 23, 2017

      I hope you love it! Reply

      • June 24, 2017

        It was classy! You are a good Chef. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          June 24, 2017

          Thank you so much! Reply

  • Olga
    June 22, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    Just from looking at the pictures i imagine how it smells right from grill, and that is exactly how i prefer to eat salmon.
    Trying this recipe tomorrow!
    Great pictures, as always! What camera do you use and what lens? Is that same that you use for photographing your children? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 23, 2017

      Hi Olga! I do love how salmon smells on the grill. It’s tantalizing!! I use a canon 6d and for food I use a 100mm lens. For kids I use a 50mm lens more. 🙂 I have more info on these in the resources section of my blog. Reply

  • Vicki
    June 22, 2017

    Another great recipe. I wish I could hire you to be my chef. I love your recipes Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 22, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you love them! Thanks for following Vicki and sharing your great review! Reply

  • June 22, 2017

    OMG, I’m going to eat my laptop, it looks soo delicious!! How did you take that picture with fire without actually burning the salmon? 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 22, 2017

      Ha ha!! That happens to me all the time late at night when I’m hungrily looking at pictures of food. It was a good catch with the photo – right as the flame shot up between the salmon filets. The flame died down quickly 🙂 Reply

  • This looks so delicious!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 21, 2017

      Thank you Sara! 🙂 Reply

  • Your garlic lime butter sounds fantastic! In the past, my fish tastes, how do I say this…?!? Hmmm. Fishy. You know. Not very good! But if you’re 2-year-old eats it, that’s good enough for me because I’m as picky as a 2-year-old. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 21, 2017

      Yes!! I completely agree! Reply

  • Natalie
    June 21, 2017

    My mouth is watering for a this – especially that juicy second photo!! I love the combo of lime and dill. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 21, 2017

      Oh it is so delicious. The flavors work really well together, especially on salmon! Thanks Natalie! Reply

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