Thursday, February 3, 2011

Grilled Salmon with Herb and Meyer Lemon Compound Butter

Don't let the recipe title fool you...this is an easy peasy recipe!  The salmon takes little effort to grill and the compound butter is a super simple thing that can even be made up a couple of days before you use it.
So, how does that sound? For those of you who are salmon lovers like we are, you will LOVE this dish!  I made some orzo pasta to set under the salmon and served a tasty-but-simple arugula salad.
We are super lucky to live down the street from our local fresh fish market, so I try to go for that any day over the store bought fish.  If you have the opportunity, try to buy wild caught's good for you and the taste is incredible!  Oh, and don't feel like you need to find a meyer lemon, a regular lemon will work just fine!  Meyer lemons just have a little darker skin, almost orangish skin, and have a slightly sweeter lemony flavor.

Grilled Salmon with Herb and Meyer Lemon Compound Butter {adapted from HERE}


  • 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 meyer lemon, zested {regular lemon will do just fine too}
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 {6 oz.} Salmon fillets with skin on
  • extra virgin olive oil
  In a small bowl, combine butter, zest, thyme, and garlic.  Mix everything well and season to taste with salt.  if using right away, keep at room temperature.  If making ahead, store in refrigerator, and bring to room temperature before serving.  
preheat grill to medium.  Let salmon come to room temperature first, then season with salt, pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.  Place salmon skin side down on preheated grill.  After 2-3 minutes, rotate the salmon 90 degrees.  Cook the salmon for another 3-4 minutes.  Turn the salmon over and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from the grill and top with the lemon compound butter.  The butter will act as a sauce and melt over and coast the grilled salmon.  I had some orzo pasta under the salmon and it made a yummy sauce for the pasta too!


  1. Yay! A salmon recipe! Thanks, Julie. Can't wait to try it this week! :)

  2. Hi Melissa! Hope you got a chance to try the Salmon recipe!



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