Grilled BBQ Salmon

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5 from 6 votes
This Grilled BBQ Salmon is simple. It is simple to make and simply delicious to eat. It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to produce this tempting salmon dish.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Grilled BBQ Salmon with a side of lemon and broccoli.

This Grilled BBQ Salmon is simple. It is simple to make and simply delicious to eat. It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to produce this tempting salmon dish.

Grilled BBQ Salmon with a side of lemon and broccoli.

Grilled BBQ Salmon takes simple salmon fillets and elevates them into a dish that your entire family will love. Plus with the addition of some easy side dishes will allow you to get dinner on the table super easily.

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What We Love About This Grill Salmon Recipe

This recipe uses easy ingredients that you probably have on hand and makes a delicious and healthy dinner for your family. Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids that provide well documented benefits for the heart and brain. 

  • Less than 30 Minute Meal: Quick and easy meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: It takes only 4 ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: The tender fish with your families favorite barbecue sauce is always a winner.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, gluten free or low calorie.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Perfect to top a salad with the next day.
A closeup of grilled salmon.

Ingredient Notes

  • Salmon Filets: Cut into 4 to 6 ounce pieces.
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning: This seasoning brightens the fish.
  • Garlic Powder
  • BBQ Sauce: The recipe is a favorite, however you can make your favorite.

Equipment Needed for BBQ Grilled Salmon

  • Grill
  • Tongs

How to Make Grilled BBQ Salmon

These are the basic steps for making grilled bbq salmon. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional information.

Barbeque sauce to place on the grilled salmon.

STEP 1: PREP

First, spray grill grates with cooking spray, then preheat the grill.

STEP 2: SEASON

Then season both sides of salmon with lemon-pepper and garlic.  Place salmon on grill skin side down and grill for five minutes per side. 

STEP 3: BASTE

Finally, baste both sides with a brush of barbeque sauce and grill for one to two minutes more per side.

Prep and Storage Tips for Barbecue Salmon

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

The prep time is minimal, therefore you can make this salmon quickly any night of the week. You can prepare the BBQ sauce in advance as your salmon marinade.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

The Easy BBQ Grilled Salmon can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped well in aluminum foil.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The salmon can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

The salmon can be reheated on a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Wrap in parchment paper and place in indirect heat for 10 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Gluten free or sugar free barbeque sauce can be made or used.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT SEASONINGS?

Of course, you can easily use your own all purpose blend or your favorite citrus blend.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, you can grill several batches and allow it to rest covered on a baking sheet until ready to serve.

WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD YOU GRILL SALMON TO?

The salmon will be medium-rare when a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion has an internal temperature of 120 degrees F. Let it rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to return to the fish.

Top shot of the grilled salmon.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Fresh Herbs: Finish with a teaspoon or two of basil, parsley or your favorite.
  • Short cut tip: Prepare your BBQ sauce ahead or time and keep in the fridge.
  • Variation tip: Fish should flake but not dry.
  • Alternate ingredients: Chilies will add heat and brown sugar will make it sweet. Therefore you can always change up the flavors.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Cook salmon in the air fryer or in the oven if you can not get to the grill, simply make sure it reaches at least 120 degrees on the meat thermometer.
  • Zest: Lemon Zest or lime zest or lime juice add real zing or use a tropical flair by adding some grilled pineapple slices.

What to Serve with Grilled BBQ Salmon

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Grilled BBQ Salmon with a side of lemon and broccoli.
5 from 6 votes

Grilled BBQ Salmon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
This Grilled BBQ Salmon is simple. It is simple to make and simply delicious to eat. It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to produce this tempting salmon dish.
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Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray grill with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Preheat grill to medium high.
  • Season both sides of salmon with lemon-pepper and garlic.
  • Place salmon on grill and grill for five minutes per side.
  • Baste both sides with barbeque sauce and grill for one to two minutes more per side.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Fresh Herbs: Finish with a teaspoon or two of basil, parsley or your favorite.
  • Short cut tip: Prepare your BBQ sauce ahead or time and keep in the fridge.
  • Variation tip: Fish is done when it flakes but is not dried out.
  • Alternate ingredients: Chilies will add heat and brown sugar will make it sweet. Therefore you can always change up the flavors.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The salmon can be cooked in the air fryer or in the oven if you can not get to the grill, simply make sure it reaches at least 120 degrees on the meat thermometer.
  • Zest: Lemon Zest or lime zest or lime juice add real zing or use a tropical flair by adding some grilled pineapple slices.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 932mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grill, salmon, summer

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5 thoughts on “Grilled BBQ Salmon”

  1. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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