Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon With Cucumber Salad

Recipe by Scoutie
READY IN: 32mins




  • Zest lemons to yield 2 tablespoons zest.
  • Sprinkle salmon fillets with 1 1/2 tablespoons zest (set remaining zest and whole lemons aside) and 1 1/2 tablespoons dill, dividing evenly among fillets and patting to adhere.
  • Wrap fillets in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  • Slice cucumber paper-thin on a mandoline or other handheld slicer.
  • Cut onions in half.
  • In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoons salt. Add cucumber, onions, remaining lemon zest and dill, and toss gently to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  • Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for indirect heat.
  • If using a gas grill, turn all burners to high and close lid. When the temperature inside the grill reaches 400°, lift lid and turn off one of the burners, creating the indirect-heat area.
  • If using a charcoal grill, light 50 to 60 briquets and let burn until just covered with ash, 20 to 30 minutes. Mound them to one side, leaving a cleared area for indirect cooking.
  • Fold two 12- by 18-in. pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil in half widthwise to form rectangles. Using the tip of a small knife, make holes in rectangles about 2 inches apart and widen each hole to the size of a dime. Grease foil with olive oil; set over direct heat for 2 minutes.
  • Brush salmon skins with oil. Set 2 fillets, skin side down, on each foil rectangle.
  • Cover grill (if using charcoal, open vents on lid) and cook fish until skin is light brown and really sizzling, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Using tongs, slide foil to indirect heat, cover, and cook until all but top 1/4 inches is cooked, 3 to 8 minutes.
  • Slide fish back over direct heat, cover, and cook until fish is cooked through (cut to test) and skin is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer foil with salmon to a rimless baking sheet and, sliding an offset cake spatula or other thin spatula between salmon skin and foil, very gently free fish from foil.
  • Season each fillet with salt and a few drops of juice from a remaining lemon.
  • Serve with cucumber salad.