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Grilled Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade

grilled salmon with honey-soy marinade Entree
Grilled Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 8

This is your go-to grilled salmon recipe. With just 5 minutes of prep and a marinade made of equal parts honey, soy sauce, olive oil, brown sugar and butter, you’ll never use another recipe to make your grilled salmon. MORE+ LESS-

June 15, 2018


tablespoon packed brown sugar
tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
tablespoon honey
tablespoon soy sauce
clove garlic, finely chopped
large salmon fillet (about 2 lb), cut into 8 pieces


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  • 1
    In small bowl, mix all ingredients except salmon.
  • 2
    In shallow glass or plastic dish, place salmon. Pour marinade over salmon. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 1 hour.
  • 3
    Heat coals or gas grill. Remove salmon from marinade; reserve marinade. Place salmon, skin side down, on grill. Cover and grill over medium heat 10 to 20 minutes, brushing 2 or 3 times with marinade, until salmon flakes easily with fork. Discard any remaining marinade.

Expert Tips

  • To remove skin from cooked fish, grab skin from tail end with tongs or fingers and gently peel off.
  • Buying Fish: • Flesh should be shiny, firm and spring back when touched. Avoid fish with dark edges or brown and yellowish discoloration. • The contents should smell fresh and mild, not fishy or like ammonia.
  • Salmon has a medium-firm texture and a full flavor.
  • If the coals are too hot, spread them out or close the air vents halfway. For a gas or electric grill, use a lower burner setting.
  • If the coals are too cool, move them closer together and knock off the ashes by tapping them with long-handled tongs, or open the air vents. For a gas or electric grill, use a higher setting.
  • Setting up grill for direct heat: For a charcoal grill, evenly spread hot, white coals over firebox of grill. For gas grill, heat all burners on high for 10-15 minutes; then reduce heat as needed.
  • Marinate fish no longer than 30 minutes. Fish will become mushy if it is in an acid marinade longer than that.
  • The salmon can also be marinated and broiled instead of grilled.
  • Fish generally takes about 10 minutes to grill for each inch of thickness. Add more time if the fillet is thicker; if you are grilling two thinner pieces, grill the fish for slightly less time.
  • Here's a timetable for organizing a progressive dinner. Start with appetizers at the first house at 6 p.m., salad and main course at the second house at 8 p.m. and dessert at the third house about 10 p.m.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Trans Fat
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Once you’ve tried this grilled salmon recipe, you’ll quickly add it to your weeknight meal rotation. Between the practically non-existent prep time, the flavor-packed marinade and the healthy protein, it’s an absolute must-have for busy nights. The secret to this fast, great tasting dish starts with the protein. Salmon doesn’t require much time to marinate, which means it’s your secret weapon for nights when you just want to collapse on the couch. But if cooking fish feels a little daunting, you’re not alone — it can be tricky to reach the perfect color and texture. That’s why Betty has this lovely guide to help you reach the perfect end result! Once you’ve  mastered this grilled salmon, move on to the rest of Betty’s salmon recipes.

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