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Easy Salmon Marinades

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  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


These six easy salmon marinades are quick to make and add tons of incredible flavor and character to your salmon without overpowering the delicate palate of this soft, pink fish. Pan sear, bake, grill or cook in your air fryer!



Garlic Lemon Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, about 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Chili Lime Garlic Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, about 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Honey Mustard Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce or to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Sweet and Spicy Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha ( Asian Chile sauce)
  • Salt  and pepper, to taste

Herby Italian Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes, or to taste
  • Salt and pepper, or to taste

Asian Salmon Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a zip log bag.  Add salmon , seal the bag and shake. Place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. 

Baking Salmon:

  • Preheat your oven to 400° F| 200°C. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place salmon fillet, skin side down, on the baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until is opaque and flaky when pulled apart with a fork.

Pan Searing Salmon:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the salmon fillet so that skin side is facing up. Cook, without moving, until golden, about 4 minutes. Then flip the fillet and reduce the heat to medium. Cook further for 3-5 minutes, or until your desired doneness. Transfer to a plate and serve. 
Grilling Salmon:
  • Preheat grill for medium heat. Brush grill grate with oil lightly. Place salmon, skin side up, on the preheated grill. Cook for 5 minutes, then flip. Cook further for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Air Frying:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400° F| 200°C.
  • Place the salmon in the air fryer and cook for 7-9 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillet. Check for desired doneness with a fork. It it is not done, cook for another 1-2 minutes.


If you’re using a larger salmon fillet, we highly recommend slicing it into smaller portions before adding to the marinade. You can do this pretty much as soon as you get home from the store. Simply use a couple of freezer bags to portion out your salmon, divide up the salmon, place the salmon in the bags with your marinade ingredients, and seal. You can keep these handy bags in the fridge or freezer.

❗ Marinades work best when given some time to settle into the fish. 30 minutes is enough time to marinate salmon. We don't recommend marinating salmon more than 60 minutes or overnight . Marinade will start break down salmon and it will get mushy. Be wary that, because the marinade has been in contact with raw fish, it’s a cross contamination risk. That means you can’t reuse a marinade. You can always add it to your salmon while it’s cooking, but you’ll need to discard any leftover marinade when you’re done.

The nutrition information provided is an average per serving. It will vary based on which marinade you plan to use, the fish you use, and the ingredients you use. 

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Category: Seafood recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 439kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Cholesterol: 94mg