Grilled Salmon Recipe

Oven-Roasted Salmon

Real Restaurant Salmon Recipe

This easy Grilled Salmon Recipe uses a delicious lemon herb butter to enhance the flavor of the salmon. It's the lemon herb butter that makes this restaurant recipe a favorite restaurant recipe. :-)

You can use the same ingredients and oven-roast your salmon fillets or salmon steaks if you prefer.

I love the fish prepared either way, especially when topped with this lemon herb butter.

I also buy only wild, natural salmon. Read the article for my reasons for doing so.

Grilled Salmon Recipe 

Lemon Herb Butter Salmon

Restaurant Salmon Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Serves 4.



  • 1 two pound (approximately) wild King or Sockeye salmon fillet (skin-on or not) or 4 salmon steaks
  • Vegetable oil for brushing
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon Herb Butter (recipe below)


Instructions for restaurant Grilled Salmon Recipe:

  • Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to medium heat
  • Place the salmon fillet, skin-side down if using skin-on, on heavy foil that is a little larger than the salmon fillet (or the 4 salmon steaks) that you have brushed with vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, if desired
  • Using the foil as a cradle, place the salmon on the foil directly over the fire (the heat)
  • Cover the grill and cook on one side for 6-8 minutes
  • While the salmon is cooking, prepare a second sheet of foil, cut a little larger than the fillet (or steaks), and again brush the foil with vegetable oil so the salmon will not stick to the foil
  • When the fish is ready on the first side, cover it with the second sheet of foil, oiled side down, and pinch ends of foil together to seal
  • Flip the fish over using the foil "pouch" you have created
  • Remove the foil that was on the skin side of the fish (the first piece used)
  • Continue grilling, covered, until the fish is opaque throughout and the salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork or sharp knife (about 4 minutes)
  • Using wide spatulas, lift the salmon fillet (or steaks) from the grill and slide onto a warmed serving platter (skin-side down if using a skin-on fillet)
  • Top fillet or steaks with a generous amount of lemon herb butter (butter should melt over the fish)
  • Portion and plate to serve (you can add more lemon herb butter to each, if desired)

Checking for Doneness:

Salmon continues to cook after being removed from the grill (or heat). Cook salmon just until it begins to change color and becomes flaky. To check for flakiness, insert the tip of a sharp knife near the bone or at the thickest part of the salmon and pull slightly.

Instructions for Oven Roasted Salmon:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Place foil on a sheet pan and oil slightly
  • Place salmon on foil and place pan on the middle oven rack
  • Salt and pepper, if desired
  • Roast in oven for 10 minutes per inch thickness of salmon or until it just begins to flake when tested with a sharp knife
  • Using wide spatulas, lift the salmon from the foil onto a warmed serving platter
  • Top generously with lemon herb butter (butter should melt over the fish)
  • Portion and plate to serve (you can add more lemon herb butter to each, if desired)

Lemon Herb Butter:


  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 1/2 lemons (zest and juice but no seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs (your choice but I like basil, thyme and sometimes a bit of cilantro)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley


  • Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
  • Shape into a long roll (a log) in plastic wrap
  • Twist ends and chill

    Remaining butter will keep several weeks in the freezer!

  • Add some grilled seasonal vegetables or some oven roasted potatoes and vegetables to accompany your delicious restaurant grilled salmon recipe or oven roasted salmon for a fabulous meal!

    Oh ... you should have a tasty and nutritious salad recipes, as well.

    Enjoy your grilled salmon recipe and all the restaurant recipes on the website and the company of those you share with!


    "Your meal will be out shortly. The wild salmon was wilder than anticipated."

    Unnamed restaurant server to guest.

    Check out the Alaskan salmon pictures!