Campfire Salmon with Herbed Lemon Butter

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Grilled salmon over a campfire


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Juice from ½ lemon *Salt and pepper, to taste


Prepare the campfire by creating a hot bed of coals about 8 inches in diameter. Place the grate over the coals. Allow it to heat for about 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine softened butter, garlic, thyme and lemon juice until blended and set aside.

Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper then place skin-down on the grate over the fire. Cook for 4-5 minutes and then flip carefully with tongs and cook an additional 4-5 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Cook time may vary depending on size of fillet.

Serve salmon topped with herbed butter sauce and enjoy!

Grilled salmon over a campfire

Side Dish

A great side dish to serve with Campfire Salmon with Herbed Lemon Butter would be Grilled Potatoes. Start by cutting 4-5 potatoes into wedges and place them in a large bowl. Toss the potatoes with oil, salt and pepper then spread out on a sheet of foil. Place the foil onto the campfire grate or directly over the coals for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until potatoes are tender. Serve hot alongside your salmon!

Grilled salmon over a campfire

Substitution For Thyme

If you can’t find fresh thyme, you can always substitute with a teaspoon of dried thyme. Just be sure to reduce the amount used since the taste of dried thyme is more concentrated than that of fresh thyme. Additionally, you could try substituting other herbs such as oregano or rosemary if you don’t have thyme on hand.