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Olive Garden Herb Grilled Salmon

This copycat Olive Garden herb grilled salmon recipe is even better than the original, and it's so easy to make. It's the perfect healthy dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword grilled salmon
Servings 3


  • barbecue


  • 3 - 8 oz salmon fillets with skin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Garlic Butter, if desired

  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic minced or ¾ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Get out and measure your ingredients.
    Overhead photo of all the ingredients.
  • Preheat barbecue for 10 minutes on high. Clean and oil grates well so your salmon doesn't stick to the grill.

Garlic Butter

  • Blend butter with garlic (or buy garlic butter) and divide into three portions. You'll need the butter to top each salmon filet as soon as it is ready to serve, if desired.
  • Coat a skillet with olive oil.
  • Place salmon fillets skin side down inside the skillet.
    Salmon placed skin down in a skillet.
  • Season evenly with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
    Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper sprinkled on top of the salmon.
  • Squeeze the lemon over top of the salmon and cover loosely with foil.
    Squeezing a lemon over the salmon.
  • Reduce barbecue heat to medium. Cook salmon for 10 -13 minutes and starting to become flaky. Then remove foil, turn barbecue up to high and close barbecue cover or lid for two more minutes.
    Salmon almost cooked in the skillet.
  • Salmon will be cooked through and flake easily. Remove from grill, add butter to top, if desired, and get ready to serve. I don't usually add butter or add grill marks but my husband always does and boy oh boy does it taste great..
    Cooked salmon in a skillet.

Adding Grill Marks

  • Lift barbecue lid and instead of removing salmon, well oil the grates again where you will be placing the salmon. The area must be very hot, clean and greasy so the top of your salmon filet does not stick to the grate. My husband also gently brushes some oil across the top of the filet too just to ensure the salmon looks beautiful! The little bit of extra oil burns off and protects the surface of the salmon just a little bit more.
  • Using a spatula, gently flip salmon over, on top of the clean, well oiled grate. Shut lid for 1 minute. Then open lid and remove salmon in the order you placed it on the grill. Add butter to top of each filet, if desired.
  • Serve.
    Closeup photo of a small salmon steak on a white plate.
  • Enjoy every bite.
    Closeup photo of a salmon steak. A bite is missing from the steak.