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Grilled Fish with Citrus


A layer of citrus slices between the fish and the grill means there's no chance of sticking, and the fish gets infused with flavor.

Photography: JOHNNY MILER

Source: Everyday Food, June 2012


  • Oil
  • Fish
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sliced citrus
  • Fresh herbs (such as cilantro, basil, or mint)
  • Flavored butter (below)


  1. Set up grill for indirect cooking and heat to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Season fish with salt and pepper. Arrange sliced citrus on cooler side of grill and top with some fresh herbs and fish; dab flavored butter on fish. Cover and cook until fish is opaque in center (no need to turn), 20 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Orange-Herb Butter
Mash together 1 stick unsalted butter; 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest; 2 teaspoons fresh orange juice; 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper; 1 clove garlic, minced; 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro; and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt.

Squeeze of Flavor
Grill salmon over citrus, then serve the charred slices and more fresh wedges with the fish.

Reviews Add a comment

  • knorrett
    14 AUG, 2015
    An amazing recipe, had it tonight at the beach for a party of five.....huge hit! It's a keeper! Thanks!
  • MirToni
    1 SEP, 2014
    A unique way to grill salmon and very easy to prepare. Used cilantro in the Orange-Herb butter and basil as the herb on the orange slices. Turned out delicious! The orange favor is very delicate and not overpowering. Will definitely make again!
  • sarahm622
    19 AUG, 2012
    This was incredible. We are plank people as far as salmon goes and this was an awesome change. So moist. I was a little afraid of using too much zest, but zest away. I will use more next time. I also opted for cilantro as the herb and was very satisfied.
  • 3boysin20136
    23 JUN, 2012
    wow! this was possibly the best salmon i've ever had . . . and so easy to do! looks beautiful on the grill, and the citrus flavor really comes through. I know this is a recipe we'll make again and again!