Lime & Cilantro Salmon Marinade Without Soy Sauce Recipe

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by Maggie Turansky

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Salmon is a healthy, quick and easy meal to whip up on any day of the week, but if you want to jazz it up a bit, then this recipe for a lime and cilantro salmon marinade without soy sauce is sure to be a hit.

The marinade only takes a few minutes to throw together and you don’t need to plan well in advance in order to soak your salmon in flavour – it only marinates for thirty minutes or less!

So if you’re looking for a healthy, quick and delicious dinner to make, then this lime and cilantro salmon is sure to be a winner. And if you’re looking for a completely vegetarian meal, check out my tofu marinade (which also doesn’t call for soy sauce!).

Lime & Cilantro Salmon
Lime & Cilantro Salmon

Simple Salmon Marinade Without Soy Sauce

Making this marinade could not be easier, and you can even build it in the zip-top bag that your salmon will sit in – so you don’t need to dirty any dishes!

To start, we’re going to add a good amount of olive oil. Use extra virgin olive oil here because it is there to flavour the salmon – you won’t be eating the entirety of the oil that we use in this marinade.

Ingredients for this lime & cilantro salmon
Ingredients for this lime & cilantro salmon

To the oil, add the zest of one lime. Make sure to zest the lime before you cut it in half to juice it (you will be doing that later) because it is very hard to zest a cut piece of citrus.

Then, using the same rasp-style grater that you used to zest the lime, grate in a few cloves of garlic to the olive oil mixture.

Adding garlic to the marinade
Adding garlic to the marinade

Then, add the juice of your lime to the bag. After that, chop a bunch of cilantro and add it to the bag, as well. Season the marinade liberally with salt and pepper and then seal the bag.

Squish the marinade around in the bag until it is well combined and then add in your salmon fillets.

Adding cilantro to the marinade
Adding cilantro to the marinade

It’s super important that you do not let the salmon sit in the marinade for too long – any more than 30 minutes will cause the lime juice to effectively cook the salmon and completely ruin the texture of your fish. It is the same process that goes into making ceviche, but that isn’t what we’re making here!

While your salmon is marinating, go ahead and preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

Marinating the salmon
Marinating the salmon

After your salmon has spent about twenty to thirty minutes sitting in its flavourful bath (the marinade), take the fillets out and let the excess marinade drip off. Then place the salmon (skin-side down if your fillets have skin) on the baking sheet.

Cook your salmon in your preheated oven for about fifteen minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 50°C (125°F). Then, remove the salmon from the oven and let it rest for about five minutes before serving.

Salmon coming out of the oven
Salmon coming out of the oven

This salmon pairs particularly well with a topping of my mango salsa and my sesame and scallion rice, which is something that you can whip up in the time it takes for the fish to marinate and cook. And if you want more salmon recipes, check out my salmon pasta!

Salmon Marinade Without Soy Sauce

Salmon Marinade Without Soy Sauce

This bright lime and cilantro salmon marinade is easy to throw together and makes for a flavourful option for a weeknight dinner.
4.8 from 4 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tsp cilantro/coriander chopped
  • 3 g (½ tsp) coarse sea salt
  • 500 g (1 lb) salmon fillets


  • In a large, zip-top bag, combine olive oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Seal the bag and squish around to combine.
    Adding cilantro to the marinade
  • Add the salmon fillets to the bag, seal, and ensure the marinade is covering the fish. Transfer to fridge and allow to marinate for no longer than 30 minutes. While the salmon is marinating, preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
    Marinating the salmon
  • Remove salmon from the marinade, allowing the excess marinade to drip off before transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    Marinated salmon
  • Move salmon to the oven and cook until the internal temperature measures 50°C (125°F), about fifteen minutes. Allow the fish to rest for five minutes before serving and enjoying.
    Salmon coming out of the oven



Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 636mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information is automatically generated and provided as guidance only. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

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As you can see, preparing a simple salmon marinade is one of the easiest dinners you could make any day of the week. The effort is minimal, but the results are vibrant, zesty and very flavourful and this healthy meal is sure to become a quick favourite!

Are you after a great salmon recipe? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments!

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