Elevate your grilled salmon experience with our exquisite recipe for Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Seasoning. This refreshing and vibrant seasoning will infuse your salmon with a delightful blend of flavors, creating a culinary masterpiece. With just a few simple ingredients and a hot grill, you can savor the best salmon you’ve ever tasted!
Grilled Salmon: A Delectable Choice
Salmon is renowned for its mild taste and abundant flavorful fats, making it a perfect candidate for grilling. To complement its natural appeal, we have created a lemon dill seasoning that enhances the salmon’s essence without overpowering it. Grilling the seasoned salmon adds juiciness and a charred touch, resulting in a quick, delicious, and tender dish.
Perfecting the Lemon Dill Seasoning
The secret to our lemon dill seasoning lies in using olive oil as the base for combining the spices. This method ensures even distribution of flavors across the salmon, enhancing every bite. For an extra boost of taste, you can marinate the salmon in the seasoning for 2-4 hours in a zip-top bag before grilling. Plus, this seasoning is grill-friendly, as it contains no sugars that might stick to the grates during cooking.
How to Grill Salmon: A Simple Process
Grilling salmon to perfection is an easy task that requires well-seasoned salmon, a seasoned grill, and just a few minutes of your time. Follow these steps for a flawless grilled salmon experience:
Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill to High heat (around 400 degrees F) for two-zone grilling.
Prepare the Lemon Dill Seasoning: Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and spread it evenly on the salmon (excluding the skin).
Grill the Salmon: Place the salmon fillets on the indirect heat side of the grill (away from direct flames) and close the lid. Cook for approximately 8 minutes.
Add Grill Marks: Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the salmon. For grill marks and an extra charred touch, flip the salmon over and cook it on the direct heat side of the grill for an additional 2 minutes. Alternatively, if you prefer no additional char, cook on the indirect side of the grill for 2-4 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
Rest and Serve: Remove the salmon from the grill and let it rest for 4-5 minutes. Serve with additional lemon slices and add salt to taste.
Tips for Grilling Salmon: The Key to Success
Keep these essential tips in mind to ensure your grilled salmon stays juicy and packed with flavor:
Choose Skin-On Salmon: Opt for skin-on salmon to enhance flavor and achieve a more even cook while preventing sticking.
Oil the Grates: Lightly oil the grill grates with vegetable oil before grilling, especially if they aren’t well seasoned, to prevent sticking.
Preheat for Two-Zone Cooking: Preheat your grill for two-zone cooking, with direct heat on one side and low/no heat on the other. This allows roasting the salmon without the risk of burning. Move the salmon to direct heat for grill marks, if desired.
Use a Meat Thermometer: Use a digital instant-read thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the salmon. Cook until it reaches 145 degrees F. For medium to medium-rare, remove at 125-130 degrees F.
Grilling Time: Don’t Overcook!
With your grill preheated to around 400 degrees F, it takes about 10-12 minutes to grill a 1-inch thick, skin-on salmon fillet. Cook the salmon on indirect heat for the best results, and if you desire grill marks, flip it to the direct heat side for the last 1-2 minutes of grilling. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Remember, cook to temperature, not time.
- 4 skin-on salmon fillets
Lemon Dill Seasoning:
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons dried dill weed
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Zest of 1 lemon
Preheat your grill for two-zone heat, with one side at high heat (around 400 degrees F) and the other at low/no heat.
In a bowl, combine all the lemon dill seasoning ingredients. Spread the seasoning evenly on all sides of the salmon fillets, except for the skin.
Place the seasoned salmon fillets on the indirect heat side of the grill (no flames underneath) and close the lid. Cook for 8 minutes.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the salmon. For grill marks, flip the salmon over and cook on the direct heat side of the grill for 2 minutes more, or until the internal temperature reads 145 degrees F. Alternatively, cook on the indirect side of the grill for 2-4 more minutes until the desired temperature is reached.
Remove the salmon from the grill and let it rest for 4-5 minutes. Serve with additional lemon slices, if desired. Add additional salt to taste.
Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill Seasoning brings a burst of fresh flavors to your plate, making it a delightful dining experience. The lemon and dill perfectly complement the mildness of the salmon, creating a harmonious blend of tastes. With simple preparation and careful grilling, you can achieve succulent, flavorful salmon that will delight your taste buds. Enjoy this dish for a delectable meal that will leave you wanting more.