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Grilled Lemon Balsamic Salmon

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time27 mins
Author: Angela Marinelli, M.S., M.Ed.


  • 1 1/2 lbs salmon cut into 6 oz fillets
  • 1/3 cup high quality aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TBS lemon zest or 1/4 tsp lemon oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper



  • Cut salmon into 6 oz fillets. Leave skin on. Pat it until it's completely dry.
  • In a 9"x11" baking dish mix the lemon zest (or oil), olive oil and vinegar with a whisk until completely homogenized.
  • Reserve 2 TBS and set aside in a small covered bowl.
  • Put the salmon into the baking dish into the marinade skin side up (so the meat of the salmon is soaking in the marinade).
  • Marinade for 20-30 minutes. You can leave the salmon out.

Prep to Grill

  • Preheat your grill 15 minutes before grilling.
  • Remove salmon from marinade and place onto a baking sheet skin side down.
  • Salt and pepper the tops and sides of the salmon fillets.


  • Place on the grill skin side down.
  • Grill for 7-8 minutes or to 135-140F for medium doneness. You can cook for less time to 130F if you like your salmon closer to medium rare, or cook longer to 155-160F if you like your salmon more done.
  • Remove from grill. Often the skin will come right off and stay on the grill. This is fine. I remove it before serving if it doesn't.
  • Baste with reserved marinade for extra flavor and moisture if desired.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Copyright: Angela Marinelli, M.S., M.Ed., Nourishment Connection 2017