Grilled Limoncello Salmon

Grilled Limoncello Salmon on a large piece of lettuce

Grilled limoncello salmon is my favorite way to enjoy salmon.

With the warm months fast approaching, we find ourselves using our grill more often and I just love the taste of grilled salmon that has been immersed in a limoncello marinade.  The sweet citrus taste of limoncello is a perfect choice for a marinade and it makes the delicate grilled limoncello salmon burst with flavor!

My husband makes his own limoncello from a recipe he got while he was in Italy on business, but you can find limoncello on the store shelves.  It's a delightful liqueur to enjoy in a chilled glass on a hot summer afternoon or added to champagne to create a Limoncello Champagne Aperitif for a special occasion.

Closeup of Grilled Limoncello Salmon

To begin, I first prepare a limoncello marinade.  For the marinade, I mix olive oil, lemon juice and a few spoonfuls of limoncello with dried crushed rosemary and a pinch of salt and pepper and pour it over the salmon.  I keep the salmon in the marinade for at least 20 minutes and then place it on a hot grill.

Limoncello marinade is also a delightful marinade for tofu and tastes great grilled.  The otherwise flavorless tofu is infused with the sweet limoncello taste and gives it a wonderful flavor.

Grilled Limoncello Tofu topped with blue cheese crumbles on a large piece of lettuce

We served the grilled limoncello salmon on a simple bed of lettuce.  It was tremendously enjoyed as always outside with a glass of sauvignon blanc.

Grilled Limoncello Salmon

The sweet citrus taste of limoncello is a perfect choice for a marinade and it makes the delicate grilled limoncello salmon burst with flavor.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 pound of salmon, cut into pieces about 2-inches wide and 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons limoncello
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • Preheat the grill on a high heat.
  • Place the salmon pieces in a baking dish and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour over the salmon.
  • Turn the salmon pieces over halfway through marinating time.
  • Remove the salmon pieces from the marinade and place on the grill and cook for 8 minutes on one side.
  • Turn the salmon over and cook for an additional 8 minutes on the other side.
  • Remove salmon from the grill and place on a plate.
  • Cover the salmon with foil and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  • Serve.


This marinade is also wonderful for marinating tofu.

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