Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia E. DeGaris
4 servings

This easy grilled salmon recipe gets its sweet, mellow flavor from the marinade of bourbon, orange juice, brown sugar and soy sauce. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, and add salmon to bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 1 1/2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Step 2

Prepare grill or broiler.

Step 3

Remove salmon from bag, reserving marinade. Place salmon on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Cook 6 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting frequently with reserved marinade.

Ratings & Reviews

Not very flavorful

August 22, 2016
I was disappointed in the flavor. I basted frequently, but still found it to be bland, especially given all of the ingredients. I much prefer the Grilled Salmon with East-West Spice Rub and Orange-Soy Glaze.

oh my goodness! delicious!

June 10, 2015
I made this tonight exactly as written and it's wonderful! My husband, 7 year old and I all loved it. My salmon fillets were very thick (probably 3 inches) so I had to grill it quite a bit longer. But by searing it on the skinless side first for about 4 minutes, then flipping it and cooking for another 15 minutes, it was perfect. I basted it often and cooked the marinade down for a sauce that I drizzled over the top. I will definitely be making this again!

flowbleu's Review

September 29, 2014
Wow, we loved this. Mqrinated it a couple of hours and grilled it. Basted it frequently as we grilled it. Came out perfectly! As others recommended we saved the marinade and simmered it on the stove to drizzle over the fish and rice we served with it. Awesome! Had some marinade left so we grilled some peach halves basted with maple syrup and then drizzled the marinade over them. better than bananas Foster!!!

ShellyV's Review

May 19, 2013
My first bite was very disappointing. It did not have much flavor and it should with all of the great ingredients. Turns out husband missed an appointment step in the recipe..."baste frequently" with the reserved marinade. I'm bummed and will have to try it again..BASTE FREQUENTLY.

DoggieMom's Review

April 02, 2013
Easy but not much flavor. I wouldn't make this again as I've got much better salmon recipes.

kris2003's Review

July 08, 2012

carolfitz's Review

June 15, 2012
I didn't get to eat this, just did the prep work. Made the marinade in the morning & left in fridge. That afternoon the salmon was added to the bag and brought to a cookout where I'm told it grilled perfectly, looked & tasted great. Will have to make it again and see for myself -or- find some other use for the leftover bourbon!

KYRedhot's Review

March 10, 2012
My daughter and I made this recipe last night - the salmon was scrumptious, and we also deglazed the sauce with a pat of butter and poured in on the salmon, and whipped potatoes - we mixed sweet and white potatoes. It was fantastic. We grilled red and yellow peppers and they tasted good dipped in the sauce. It was so good, we were still talking about it the next morning.

JekkaV's Review

December 14, 2011
I don't like salmon, but I made this anyway because my husband loves it.. And suddenly I like salmon. It was THAT good. After marinating, I thickened up the sauce on the stove and poured it over the cooked salmon. I would serve it to company anytime.

Camillka's Review

October 24, 2011
This is beyond outstanding. It is such an elegant entree. I have never gone without rave reviews when I serve this at a dinner party. I have used the marinade to glaze steelhead fillets which I smoke on our Traeger grill. Superb!!! I have used this recipe no less than 5 times this year alone. A list topper when I want to serve fish. It is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!