Orange Grilled Salmon

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Fresh oranges give this Orange Grilled Salmon a citrusy taste and tender texture. The salmon is wrapped in foil and then grilled to hold in the juices.

A foil packet with salmon and orange slices over the top

Orange Grilled Salmon

Now that the weather is getting warmer all I want to do is cook out on the grill, this is a sweet tangy dish that even your kids will love. It is my favorite grilled salmon recipe by far. Plus, it is SO easy. No fancy salmon marinade, no salmon sticking to the grill grates or falling apart when flipping, just add the ingredients and wrap it all in foil to grill. It really couldn’t be easier! 

Tip for Buying Salmon (or ANY Fish)

I worked with a seafood chef in Utah who taught me to never re-freeze fish when you buy it fresh. This is because when you buy it “fresh” at the store, it has most likely already been frozen and then thawed to sell. The thawed fish is meant to be cooked and eaten quickly. If you don’t plan on cooking your salmon within a day, ask the meat counter butchers to give you a filet that is still frozen. That way when you thaw it at home, it is being thawed for the FIRST time and will have maximum flavor and freshness. 

Healthy Benefits of Eating Salmon

Most of us know we should be getting more fish in our diets. The health benefits are pretty amazing. And when it tastes as good as this Orange Grilled Salmon, its surprising we don’t cook fish more often. In case you’re wondering, a few of the health benefits of fish — salmon in particular — include:

  • High in B vitamins
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Great source of lean protein
  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Filled with selenium

Some of the benefits may sound confusing, but in essence, salmon is great for brain development and function, it can improve cholesterol levels, which is good for overall heart health. Your body also requires protein in order to heal and prevent muscle loss. Salmon offers 22-25 grams of protein for every 3.5-ounce serving.

A piece of cooked grilled salmon on a fork

Flavor Variations

You can switch up the ingredients in your grilled salmon and still use the same grilling method. Not a fan of an organ flavor profile? No problem! Try using some of these flavor combinations on your salmon filets:

  • olive oil + salt + black pepper
  • butter + garlic + lemon
  • miso + a splash of low sodium soy sauce
  • fresh herbs + lemon
  • cream cheese + dill
  • cajun seasoning

Gas Grill or Charcoal Grill?

For this recipe you can either use a charcoal grill or a gas grill. You can even put the foil packet in a campfire over a grill grate. It is always helpful to use heavy duty foil when cooking over an open flame. No grill or fire pit? You can also cook the salmon in the oven at 450-degrees F for the same amount of time. 

How Long To Cook Grilled Salmon

If you are cooking a salmon fillet in a foil packet on the grill, it can take between 10-15 minutes to cook through. The exact cooking time really depends on the size and thickness of your salmon filets. The best way to know for sure is to use a meat thermometer. You want the salmon to have an internal temperature of 120 degrees F in the thickest part of the filet. After cooking, remember to allow the salmon to rest for 3-4 minutes before serving. 

A fork pulling apart a piece of grilled salmon

Add Some Grilled Vegetables

In a separate foil pack, add some asparagus, zucchini, broccoli, sliced onions, peppers, and/or pieces of corn on the cob. Drizzle a little olive oil over your veggies, season with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh parsley. Cook the vegetables alongside the salmon for the same amount of time the salmon cooks. This is an easy way to make it a full dinner by just using your grill! 

Serving Grilled Salmon

Serve grilled salmon with cooked vegetables, grilled potatoes, with salad, over rice, or with any BBQ style side dish. Here are some side dishes we have hand-picked to go along perfectly with this recipe:

Storing Leftover Salmon

Store your leftover salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven (or air fryer) until heated through or just serve cold, flaked over a salad. 

Orange grilled salmon with thyme and orange slices

More Delicious Salmon Recipes

If we’ve convinced you to up your fish intake, you’ll be looking for more fish and salmon recipes. And of course, we have you covered. Here are a few tasty ones to try.

How To Make Orange Grilled Salmon

Grilled salmon in a foil packet with oranges and thyme on top

Orange Grilled Salmon

5 from 4 votes
Fresh oranges give this Orange Grilled Salmon a citrusy taste and tender texture. The salmon is wrapped in foil and then grilled to hold in the juices.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Grill/BBQ
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place salmon skin side down (flesh side up) on a large piece of aluminum foil. Squeeze one orange over the top (if your oranges aren't very sweet, substitute this for ¾ cup "Simply Orange" orange juice and brush it over the top).
    Orange juice being poured over a large cut of salmon
  • Sprinkle generously with the brown sugar and salt. Cut the second orange into slices and layer over the top.
    A large cut of salmon topped with orange juice, brown sugar, and orange slices
  • Completely cover with the aluminum foil, fold and seal, then grill on medium heat with the grill lid closed until cooked through (120-degrees F) and flakes easily.
    A fork pulling apart a piece of grilled salmon

Nutrition Information

Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 6gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 18mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg

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Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Such a perfectly sweet, tender and juicy meal! Definitely a great way to enjoy salmon; this was delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    We just tried this recipe tonight and it’s amazing! Best salmon we’ve had. Thank you for sharing!

    1. When you buy it fresh, then freeze it yourself, then thaw it, it has a much stronger odor and “fishy” taste.

      1. I disagree. I buy salmon from Costco, cut and vacuum seal immediately. It’s 12 or so meals for me and never tastes fishy. Keeps well this way in the freezer for months.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this salmon for Christmas Eve/Husband's birthday dinner. It was so good we had to make it again for our New Year's Seafood Extravaganza. Thanks for the recipe (and many others)!!