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Grilled Salmon with Basil Butter Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


Crispy, seared grilled salmon topped with basil infused compound butter.


  • 2 6-8 ounce salmon filets, skin removed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened/room temp)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic glove
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil or spray for grill grates


  1. For the compound butter, place herbs and garlic in a food processor or blender. Pulse until finely chopped. Add butter and blend until thoroughly mixed. You may need to wipe the walls of the food processor a few times with a rubber spatula to incorporate. Season with salt to taste. Alternatively, use salted butter and omit salt. Transfer to a bowl. Can be made a day in advance.
  2. Season all sides of the salmon with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Clean the grates well and oil with a grill-safe spray or brush with oil. This prevents the salmon from sticking.
  4. Grill salmon for 4-5 minutes per side for medium.
  5. Serve each salmon filet topped with a quenelle of basil butter. This works best with a hot spoon.


Do not substitute fresh herbs for dry. The final outcome will not be right. This recipe can alternately be pan-seared for 4 minutes per side.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 412
  • Sugar: 0.4g
  • Sodium: 190mg
  • Fat: 25.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 44.8g
  • Cholesterol: 131mg

Keywords: grilled salmon, basil butter, salmon and basil