Grilled salmon with lemon and garlic sauce

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My husband and I first discovered wild sockeye salmon during a trip we made to Seattle years ago when we were leaving. Our vacation took place in May, just as the sockeye salmon season was in full swing.

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The difference between wild and farmed salmon:

On the color side, wild salmon has a darker red color than farmed salmon. When you taste wild salmon it tastes deeper than farmed salmon and farmed salmon nutritionally has similar nutritional benefits, but is generally more fatty.

To our delight, we dined on the tastiest, richest, and most tender salmon of our lives. The recipe I share with you today brings back so many fond memories of Seattle.

Isn't sockeye available? Don't worry: this recipe works well with any type of salmon or fish. Whenever possible, always buy wild salmon, but don't skip fatty fish if it's not available. In fact, studies show that the health benefits of wild salmon outweigh the potential risks of buying farm-raised salmon.

Recipe pairings:

  • Salmon with Lemon and Oregano
  • Grilled salmon easy
  • Glazed Salmon with Mustard and Honey

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📖 Recipe

Grilled salmon with lemon and garlic sauce

Loaded with Omega 3s and ready in under 30 minutes, this grilled salmon with lemon and garlic sauce is sure to please any palette.

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time 15 minutes Total time 25 minutes

Servings4 Calories 302kcal


  • 20 oz salmon (cut into 3-4 oz fillets)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (grated)
  • 1 zest and lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper


  • Preheat a grill (or skillet) over high heat.
  • Season the salmon meat with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • When grill is hot, spray with nonstick spray.
  • Place the salmon on the grill and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side until the desired level of cooking is reached. (I like mine a little pink, especially when it comes to high-quality sockeye.)
  • While the fish is cooking, mix olive oil, garlic, lemon / zest juice, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Drizzle sauce over fish before serving.

Chef's Notes:

Can you use halibut with this sauce too?



Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.2g | Protein: 30.4 g | Fat: 18.9 g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 634mg

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