The Best Grilled Salmon

This BEST Grilled Salmon recipe has a slightly sweet and smoky flavor and is grilled to perfection in just around 15 minutes! During cooking, the marinade creates a nice glaze and the salmon filets end up with a slightly crisp outside and light flakiness inside.

This simple grilled salmon is not only delicious, but it is extremely easy to prepare. The marinade is mixed up right in a ziplock bag and the fish is grilled in little aluminum boats making clean up equally as easy! My family agrees that this is the best grilled salmon recipe ever, and I think yours will, too!


  • 2 - 4 salmon fillets


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic


  1. Place all marinade ingredients into a gallon size zip lock bag and seal. Squeeze gently to combine ingredients, then add salmon fillets. Seal and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours to allow flavors to penetrate the fish.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high heat. For each salmon fillet, take a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and fold into a "dish" with sides. Place a salmon fillet into each dish skin side down. Add a little of the marinade on top and place the entire dish on the grill.
  3. Grill for 15-18 minutes with the lid closed. Flip the salmon onto the grill to sear the top, about 1-2 minutes. Carefully scrape off the skin (it should lift right off) and serve.