Father’s Day Meal Ideas: Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Dill


Treat Dad to a healthy and flavorful meal this Father’s Day with grilled salmon. This recipe is simple yet sophisticated, combining the fresh taste of lemon and dill to create a dish that’s perfect for any celebration. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also packed with nutrients, making it a guilt-free indulgence.


  • 4 salmon fillets (6-8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lemons (one sliced and one for juice)
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: lemon wedges and fresh dill for garnish


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, juice of one lemon, chopped dill, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate the Salmon:
    • Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Ensure each fillet is well-coated.
    • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. Preheat the Grill:
    • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (about 400°F/200°C).
  4. Grill the Salmon:
    • Lightly oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.
    • Place the salmon fillets skin-side down on the grill. Arrange lemon slices on top of each fillet.
    • Grill for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Serve:
    • Remove the salmon from the grill and let it rest for a couple of minutes.
    • Garnish with additional lemon wedges and fresh dill if desired.
    • Serve with your favorite sides.

Tips for Perfecting Grilled Salmon

  • Don’t Overcook: Salmon can dry out quickly, so keep an eye on it and remove it from the grill as soon as it’s done.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh lemon and dill for the best flavor.
  • Resting Time: Let the salmon rest briefly after grilling to allow the juices to redistribute.

Suggested Sides

  • Asparagus: Grilled or roasted asparagus pairs wonderfully with salmon.
  • Wild Rice: A hearty side that complements the lightness of the fish.
  • Mixed Greens Salad: A simple salad with a lemon vinaigrette enhances the fresh flavors of the salmon.

Beverage Pairings

  • White Wine: A crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay complements the lemon and dill.
  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water with a splash of lemon is refreshing.

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