The Best Garlic Cilantro Salmon

close up of garlic cilantro salmon topped with herbs and lemon slices on a white plate.

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Garlic Cilantro Salmon is a delicious and easy salmon recipe that makes a great healthy weeknight dinner with only 5 simple ingredients. (gluten-free, dairy-free option)


  • 1 large salmon filet
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)*


  1. Preheat oven or grill to 400° F. Place salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet, skin side down (this will make cleanup easier). Do not grease the foil.
  2. Squeeze lemon over salmon filet. Sprinkle garlic and cilantro evenly over the top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If using, thinly slice butter and place pieces evenly over the top of the salmon.
  3. Place foil with salmon on the preheated grill, or bake salmon in preheated oven about 7 minutes, depending on thickness. (If you are grilling, skip the next step and continue to grill for a total of about 15 minutes.)
  4. Turn oven up to broil and continue to cook an additional 5-7 minutes, until the top is crispy.
  5. Remove salmon from oven or grill and slide a flat spatula in between the salmon and the skin. The skin should stick to the foil, making separation of the fish from the skin easy. Serve immediately.


*Omit butter for dairy-free.

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