This BBQ Salmon is super easy to throw together in the morning and toss on the grill just before dinner time. Healthy and delicious, you’ll make this easy salmon recipe again and again.

Marinated Salmon has an additional layer of flavor that infuses into the fish and creates a delicious entree.

Marinated salmon for two on a white plate with a fork and green beans.

Why You Must Make

  • This is a small-batch recipe for when you’re not having a big family meal.
  • Using an easy marinade is a simple way to add flavor deep into the salmon and keep it moist when grilling.
  • If the weather is keeping you from grilling, this salmon can easily be roasted in the oven.
Marinated Salmon for Two Ingredients o a sheet pan with text labels.

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Olive Oil, Garlic Cloves
  • Soy Sauce – Adds saltiness, plus provides umami, the savory sense of taste. You may use low sodium if you’re watching your salt intake.
  • Lemon Juice – Use fresh lemon juice for the tastiest results. Avoid bottled lemon juice that’s on the shelves at your supermarket.
  • Honey – Adds sweetness to balance the lemon juice
  • Salmon Fillets – Use the best quality, skin on fillets you can afford. Farmed is fine, but splurge on wild salmon for special occasions.

Recipe Notes

  • Marinate for at least an hour, but longer allows more flavor to be absorbed into the fish. I recommend 6 or more hours, even overnight.
  • Marinating too long will cause the fish to get mushy if there is a lot of acid, like lemon juice, in the marinade.
  • Grill or roast to desired doneness. About 10 minutes per inch is standard.
  • Use a meat thermometer for the most accurate way to access the internal temperature. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145°.
  • If you prefer less well-done salmon, you may want to consider sushi-grade salmon.

How to Make

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can You Marinate Salmon?

Marinate for at least 30-60 minutes to allow time for the marinade to penetrate into the salmon, but a few hours to overnight will add more flavor. You can marinate up to overnight as long as there’s not a lot of acid in the marinade. Acids like citrus juice or vinegar can break down the fish, making it mushy.

What are the Internal Temperatures for Rare, Medium, and Well Done Salmon?

Note that the FDA recommends salmon be cooked to 145° F.
Rare Salmon should be 110-115° F. It will have soft and translucent flesh.
Medium Salmon should be 120-125° F. It will be opaque, slightly firm, and pink.
Well Done Salmon should be 140-150° F. It will be firm with no pink and safe according to the USDA.

How Long Should You Grill Salmon?

A grill can put out a lot of heat so the timing can vary. Use 10 minutes per inch as a starting point, but check the internal temperature at 5 minutes, and depending on the results, add 3-5 more minutes and recheck until the temperature reaches your desired doneness.

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Marinated salmon for two on a white plate with a fork and green beans.

Marinated BBQ Salmon Recipe for Two Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Yield 2

A simple, flavorful marinade that's perfect for enhancing salmon.


  • 2 salmon fillets, skin on
  • 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced


  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, and garlic.
  2. Place the salmon in a gallon Ziploc bag or a shallow dish, skin side up.
  3. Add the marinade to the bag or dish.
  4. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  5. Prepare the grill and cook for about 8 minutes or until your desired doneness.
  6. If desired, cook the remaining marinade until thick and syrupy. This can be used to baste the salmon while it's cooking.


Adapted from Recipe Tin Eats.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 salmon fillet

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 590Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1234mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 52g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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