Grilled Lemon Dill Salmon

Simple and easy, grilled lemon dill salmon is a quick weekday meal. It's low carb and paleo, too.

Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter
Elise Bauer

Do you have your grill on? Here's a quick and easy way to grill salmon.

No marinade required. The trick to grilled salmon, so that your fillets stay whole and don't fall through the grill grates, is to use skin-on pieces.

Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter on Simply Recipes
Elise Bauer

Grill the salmon flesh side down first. Once you have some grill marks, turn over the salmon so that now the skin side is on the grill. As the salmon cooks, the flesh tends to flake, but if the salmon does most of its cooking skin-side down, the skin will help keep the salmon together so it doesn't flake apart into the grill.

A little butter with dill is all you need to serve, with a few slices of lemon. Perfect!

Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter
Elise Bauer

Grilled Lemon Dill Salmon

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings

Skin-on salmon is helpful when grilling, as the skin helps hold the fish together on the grill grates.


  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets or steaks, preferably skin-on

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more to wipe down the grill

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1 thinly sliced lemon, for garnish


  1. Prep the salmon and the grill:

    Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and sprinkle a little salt over it. Let it sit at room temperature while you preheat your grill for high, direct heat.

  2. Make the dill butter:

    While the grill is heating, mix the fresh dill with the butter in a small bowl.

  3. Grill the salmon:

    When the grill is hot, scrape down the grates with a grill brush. Pour a little olive oil onto a paper towel and use tongs to wipe down the grill grates.

    Coat the salmon in the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and place it, skin side up, onto the grill grates. Grill over high heat for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on how thick your salmon pieces are) undisturbed.

    Carefully turn the salmon with a spatula. If using a gas grill, reduce the heat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, move the salmon to the cooler side of the grill.

    Cover and grill it for another 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how well done you prefer your salmon. The salmon should be just cooked through when done.

  4. Serve:

    To serve, place a few thin slices of lemon on each plate. Remove the salmon pieces from the grill (it's okay if the skin sticks to the grill grates) and place on the lemon slices. Top each piece of salmon with about a tablespoon of the dill butter and serve at once.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
560 Calories
40g Fat
16g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 560
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 95mg 477%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 889mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.