Grilled Herbed Whole Salmon

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is for the true salmon lovers who actually like the taste of the salmon and want the freshness to shine through. The ingredients in this recipe perfectly complement the salmon without overpowering it. This meat just melts in your mouth!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs whole salmon, Alaskan (can be fresh, thawed or frozen)
  • 4 sheets aluminum foil (6 inches larger than length of salmon)
  • 1 large onion, sliced (can use 2 leeks separated into leaves)
  • 1 lemon (can use lime too!)
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning (can use any favorite, Mexican, Cajun, etc.)
  • 1 12 cups coarsely chopped fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, oregano, dill, etc.)


  1. Rinse any ice glaze from frozen salmon under cold water and pat dry.
  2. Lay out 2 sheets of aluminum foil, double thickness, on a large tray. Coat top layer with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Lay half of onions lengthwise across foil. Place salmon over onions.
  4. Squeeze lemon on both sides of fish. Sprinkle dry seasoning onto salmon.
  5. Place fresh herbs over, under and into belly cavity (if fish is not frozen).
  6. Lay out remaining two sheets of foil, double thickness and coat top layer with nonstick spray and place coated side face down onto herbs and salmon.
  7. Roll up, crimp, and seal all sides to form packet.
  8. Cook frozen salmon over medium-hot grill (450 F), 5-6 inches from heat for 50-60 minutes, turning packet every 15 minutes.
  9. Cook until fish is opaque throughout.
  10. Cook fresh or thawed salmon over medium grill (400 F) 5-6 inches from heat for 45-55 minutes, turning packet over every 15 minutes. Cook until opaque throughout.


Most Helpful

A great way to highlite the flavor of salmon. I baked in the oven for 1 hr and the fish was unsliceably tender with just a hint of herbage :) I hope our Costco carries wild whole salmon more often!

Lighty July 17, 2011

Made this for dinner last night and it came out perfect, if I do say so myself. I used cilantro and limes as that is what I had in the fridge. I put the packet on the grill for 1hr, turning it every 20min or so. I served the salmon with broccoli and a green salad, the meat just fell off the bones. Had the leftovers for breakfast this morning with fried eggs, red chile salsa and corn tortillas, can't wait to make this salmon dinner again.

eziejoe71 August 22, 2013

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