My Dad’s Barbequed Salmon

Happy father’s day to all of the wonderful dads out there!  Today was a little rough for me.  I can’t believe it has already been five months since my dad passed away.  I miss him so much everyday – sometimes it seems like he was making Jav and I margaritas and ribs just yesterday.  He was the best dad in the whole wide world and I still feel so lucky to have had him as a dad even our time together was cut short. 


I thought I would pay tribute to my dad today by posting his favorite barbequed salmon recipe.  For the longest time, this is the ONLY way I would eat any seafood.  I would always ask for extra sauce and loved it because it tastes just like candy.  My dad always said that he got the recipe from an old Native American friend who cooked it on the reservation :) – I am not sure how true that is, but the recipe is fantastic. The ingredients might seem a little strange, but I promise it is great! 

Salmon Buying Tip (my humble opinion):

For this recipe I used Atlantic salmon from Costco, only because it was convenient.  However, I would have preferred to use Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon – Skin-on.  Why skin-on you might be asking?  Because it is much better for the grill and I think it has better flavor.  You will notice I don’t have grill marks in the photos.  It is because I used a skinless fillet and that makes it not conducive to turning skin side down on the grill.  The skin will hold the meat together.  Also, please do not fall into the trap of buying $25-30/lb Copper River Salmon.  The Copper River just has great marketing, not necessarily the best fish.  My favorite brand of frozen fish is Orca Bay – I am a little biased because I did used to work for them, but they process great fish!  I personally prefer to buy frozen salmon unless I know it just came off the boat.  The freezing process is incredible now and locks in freshness that is hard to beat.  Plus a lot of the fish labeled fresh at the seafood counter in the grocery store is actually just thawed out.  You never know how long it has been sitting there.  Sorry for the rant.  More questions? Just ask.

Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do! Love you dad!!


My Dad’s Barbequed Salmon

Printable recipe here


1 Large Fillet of Salmon

½ Cup Brown Sugar

Juice of two lemons

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

2 Cloves Garlic minced

Couple of good shakes of Lawry’s seasoning salt

¼ Cup Olive Oil

Whisk all ingredients together until well blended. 

Pour ¾ of mixture over salmon in a large dish.

 Reserve the rest of the sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes.  Preheat grill.  If you aren’t using skin-on salmon then lay your fish on a sheet of double-thick aluminum foil. 

Cook salmon for 3-5 minutes per side (if you can’t flip it then 6-10 minutes total). If you use skin-on then cook directly on the grill without the foil. Baste fish with remaining sauce. 

 Don’t overcook the salmon.  It should be flakey and juicy. 





  1. crissie’s avatar

    Maybe I shouldn’t have read this at work? Love the story about where the recipe came from. That man was a rockstar!
    Even though this is “sea-fare” the sauce looks delish!

  2. Dawn Hutchins’s avatar

    Hmm…your salmon looks so good I wish I liked salmon! Gorgeous photos!

  3. Lindzee’s avatar

    Thanks Cris and Dawn! Too bad neither of you will eat it :) .

  4. Maki’s avatar

    Making this tomorrow for dinner . . . my mouth is already watering.

  5. vivian turner’s avatar

    I am so sorry for your loss… Your father was so loved by you,,, He must have known what a great daughter he had <3 I am so excited to try this fantastic sounding and beautiful looking dish!!! The daughter of a friend sent it to me and posted it on my facebook and several friends have posted it as well…. :) ) I will let you know how it turns out when I perpare it this weekend! Thank you! Vivian

  6. Lauren’s avatar

    I used to hate salmon.. until I found your recipe. It completely changed my way of thinking about it. It comes out so delicious, moist, and wonderful- thank you so much for posting this. I am also so sorry about your father, but what a wonderful tribute to a great man.