Grilled Honey Lemon Butter Salmon

Grilled Honey Lemon Butter Salmon – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Wonderfully tender, so juicy, just melts in your mouth, and has FABULOUS flavor!!

If you’re looking for a fast, foolproof, and flavorful way to cook salmon, save this grilled salmon foil pack recipe.

It’s so easy and the salmon is wonderfully tender, perfectly moist, and cooked in just 7 minutes on the grill.

I use my outdoor grill but you can bake the foil packets in your oven if you don’t have a grill.

How To Make The Salmon

Simply add a salmon fillet to a sheet of foil, nestle lemon slices under it, and drizzle it with a mixture of melted butter, honey, and lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, seal up the foil, throw it on the grill, and you’re all set.

I’ve used this basic honey-lemon butter sauce many times before and love it so much.

It’s impossible to ever have a dry piece of salmon when it’s cooking in that luxurious buttery elixir.

To Broil Or Not

The salmon cooks in about 7 minutes on an outdoor grill and if you want to be done right there, go for it.

However, because I love it when the top and edges are slightly browned, I pop it under my oven broiler for 5 minutes. This is totally optional and is more for the texture and visual aspects.

A little color on the edges helps the photographs look nicer and I am a texture junkie with all food.

I don’t risk ‘adding color’ from the grill because I am scared to flip the salmon over at this point in the cooking process. First, there is way too much precious buttery juice that would leak. Secondly, the salmon is fall-apart-tender and it could quite literally just fall apart on the grill grates. The broiler feels much safer.

Broiler Tips

If you choose to finish the salmon under the broiler, you don’t have to broil on the top rack. You can use the second rack, and while it will take longer, there’s less chance of it burning.

Keep a close eye on it because all broilers are different and you don’t want the salmon to burn. Open up your kitchen windows because the honey in the butter mixture is prone to burning and smoking.

Exact broiling time will depend on the size and thickness of the salmon, climate and oven variances, and personal preference. Check after 2 minutes and go from there.

More of my favorite salmon recipes include:

  • Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon – Make salmon at home in 30 minutes that tastes better than from a restaurant! Easy, tender, and packed with flavor from the honey and lemon butter!
  • Foil Pack Lime Cilantro Salmon – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Tender, juicy, and bursting with Mexican-inspired flavors that everyone loves!
  • Honey Dijon Salmon – Easy, ready in 20 minutes, juicy, tender, and so flavorful from the honey, Dijon, and lemon juice! If you’re trying to incorporate more fish in your diet, this is the recipe to make!
  • Sheet Pan Garlic Lemon Butter Salmon – Juicy salmon at home in 30 minutes that’s easy and tastes better than from a restaurant! The butter is infused with lemon and garlic and adds so much flavor!

Grilled Honey Lemon Butter Salmon

Grilled Honey Lemon Butter Salmon – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Wonderfully tender, so juicy, just melts in your mouth, and has FABULOUS flavor!!

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Ingredients:

  • about 1.25 pounds skin-on salmon fillet
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley, optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Alternatively, preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Place salmon on a sheet of foil (with the longer side parallel with the longer side of the sheet pan) with the skin-side down. Raise the edges of the foil up about 2 inches (or enough so that when you pour the buttery mixture over the top it will be contained in the foil).
  3. Nestle lemon slices underneath the salmon, spaced evenly around the fillet; set aside.
  4. To a microwave-safe glass measuring cup or bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the honey and lemon juice. Pour or spoon about three-quarters of the mixture over the salmon; reserve remainder.
  6. Evenly season salmon with salt and pepper.
  7. Seal up the foil. Likely you will need to add another sheet of foil on top in order to seal it. Crimp or pinch the top and bottom pieces of foil together; get it as air-tight as possible but it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you have time, set aside to marinate for about 10 to 15 minutes (enhanced flavor).
  8. Place foil pack on the grill and cook for about 7 minutes, or until done.
  9. Optionally, if you want additional browning on the top of the salmon, set your oven to Hi broil.
  10. Open the foil pack or remove the top piece of foil so the salmon is exposed but keep the edges raised to contain the buttery mixture.
  11. Spoon the reserved buttery mixture over the salmon, if desired. Use your judgment and if there’s already lots of juice you don’t need to add it because you don’t want it to start leaking. If you have extra buttery mixture, it’s great served over the finished dish.
  12. Broil salmon for about 5 minutes, or until salmon is as golden as desired. Tip – You don’t have to broil on the top rack, you can use the second rack, and while it will take longer, there’s less chance of it burning. Keep a close eye on it because all broilers are different and you don’t want the salmon to burn. Exact broiling time will depend on the size and thickness of the salmon, climate and oven variances, and personal preference.
  13. Optionally garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Salmon is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Adapted from Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

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