Recipe: Salmon Marinade

updated Feb 3, 2020
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I’ve long been marinating my chicken breasts and pork chops, but until recently I’d neglected to marinate salmon. Now that I’ve tried it (it takes just a few ingredients!), I realized I’ve been missing out on so much flavor — and one major aesthetic upgrade.

Here’s our favorite salmon marinade, plus our favorite way to cook the flavor-packed fillets.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

A Lemon & Garlic Marinade Everyone Will Love

This super-easy salmon marinade is heavy on the lemon, garlic, and fresh and dried herbs. It packs the fish with a ton of flavor while also keeping it from drying out (essentially, it’s a brine and marinade wrapped into one). Plus, thanks to the salt and water in this marinade, you can expect less of that white stuff that seeps out of salmon as it cooks (it’s just a protein called albumin and it’s totally safe to eat, but looks less-than-appealing).

This marinade works great for both oven-baked and grilled fillets. But don’t hesitate to try it with other types of fish, or even poultry or steak.

Salmon Marinade

Prep time 15 minutes

Makes about 2 cups

Nutritional Info


  • 1/2 cup


  • 1/4 cup

    olive oil

  • 2

    large lemons, juiced and then thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon

    dried oregano

  • 2

    (12-ounce) salmon filets

  • 3 tablespoons

    fresh thyme leaves

  • 4 cloves

    garlic, minced


  1. Place the water, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and oregano in a glass measuring cup and whisk to combine.

  2. Place the lemon slices, salmon, thyme, and garlic in a large zip-top bag and pour the marinade over the salmon. Seal the bag and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight before cooking.