Herb Grilled Salmon is a perfect combination of tender salmon fillets seared to perfection with a blend of Italian herbs and garlic.
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This copycat Olive Garden herb grilled salmon only requires a few simple ingredients and comes together fast, served with a side of Mashed red Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Parmesan Garlic Broccoli is a great way to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal in no time like my Texas Roadhouse Grilled Shrimp. Try it tonight!"
Why this recipe works
This salmon recipe is crispy on the outside while tender and flaky on the inside. Searing it in a hot pan allows the skin to get crispy. If you prefer a grilled salmon with smoky flavor try my Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon. This easy-to-make recipe comes together in 20 minutes making it a quick and easy weeknight meal like this Broiled Tilapia.
- Salmon: Atlantic or wild-caught salmon with the skin on.
- Butter: I use unsalted, if you use salted you may want to leave out the salt in the herb butter.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves.
- Italian seasoning: I like to use dried for this.
- lemon: Fresh lemon juice and zest really brightens up the dish.
- Parsley: I recommend using fresh parsley here.
How to make herb salmon
- Step 1: In a small bowl add the herb butter ingredients and mix until combined.
- Step 2: Place the garlic herb butter on a piece of plastic wrap.
- Step 3: Roll the plastic wrap around the butter and mold it into a roll and chill.
- Step 4: Place the salmon on a cutting board and pat dry with a paper towel, rub a little olive oil over the top, and season.
- Step 5: Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and place salmon fillets skin-side up.
- Step 6: Gently flip the salmon filets and cook until done, add a slice of lemon garlic butter on top of the salmon and serve with lemon wedges.
- The best pan is a cast-iron skillet or stainless steel pan as it conducts heat evenly. A nonstick skillet will work too but it doesn't get as hot so the skin won't get as crispy.
- I recommend using a fish spatula, not only is it great for fish but you can use it on my Southern Hoe Cakes, One Pot Green Beans, and Potatoes.
- Once you place the salmon in a hot skillet don't touch it, or you won't get that crispy skin.
I highly recommend getting a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the salmon. Cooking salmon until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F for well done or 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center for medium-cooked salmon.
Store any leftovers in an air-tight container and place them in the refrigerator for 3 days.
I love to have some salmon flakes with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Or it would be delicious on top of my Open Faced Breakfast Sandwiches.
More copycat recipes
Olive Garden Herb Grilled Salmon Recipe
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the salmon
- 4-6 ounce salmon filets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2-3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- Fresh parsley chopped
- Lemon slices
- In a small bowl mix the butter, parsley, garlic, lemon zest and salt until combined.
- Place the butter mixture on a piece of plastic wrap and roll and twist the ends, chill in the freezer for 3-5 minutes.
- Pat dry the salmon filets with a paper towel and season the filets with salt and Italian seasonings evenly.
- Heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Place the salmon flesh side down into the skillet, and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Gently flip the salmon filets and place a slice of the herb butter on top of the salmon to melt cook another 2-3 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees.
- Serve with extra herb butter, fresh chopped parsley and lemon slices.