This Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce is a light and fresh dinner that’s packed with flavor. Tender, flaky salmon is coated in a simple blend of seasonings, then smothered in a sweet, tangy, and spicy chili lime sauce.

planked salmon on the grill topped with chili lime sauce overhead

It’s Salmon Season! 

First, let’s season our salmon for our Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce.

Love salmon? Try my Nashville Hot Cast Iron Salmon, Salmon Al Pastor Tacos, Crab Stuffed Salmon, or Smoked Salmon Burnt Ends

So, preheat a two-zone medium heat fire to a temperature of around 325ºF. Lather your salmon with canola oil, then rub your Smoked Chipotle Mezcal seasoning all over the outside of the fish. Now, you can also use whatever seasoning your heart desires, but (if I do say so myself), the Smoked Chipotle Mezcal seasoning is the way to go. Trust me on this one.

Don’t hold back. We want all of that smoky, spicy flavor because the meal just isn’t the same without it! 

whole salmon on a baking sheet being rubbed with chipotle mezcal seasoning

Make Your Sauce for Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce

Next, we’ll throw together our sauce. This sauce is insanely flavorful, tastes like you spent a whole lot of time on it, but actually could not be easier.

So, in a bowl, mix together minced garlic, chopped cilantro, Sriracha sauce, honey, unsalted butter, orange juice, and lime juice. And that’s it! 

Now, the beauty of making your own sauce for the Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce is you can customize it to taste. Prefer a spicier sauce? Add more Sriracha. Like it sweeter? Add more honey. Big fan of garlic? Add more! Just do your thing, because you really can’t go wrong.

Love the bright lime flavors in this recipe. Try my cast iron skillet salmon, Spicy Tequila Lime Shrimp Skewers, Smoked Tequila Lime Burnt Ends, Coal Roasted Baja Lime Lobster, or Chipotle Lime Red Snapper.

bowl of chili lime sauce held

Let’s Go Grill

With the grill hot and ready to go, it’s time to cook our Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce. 

First, add all of your orange slices and all of your lime slices onto the cooler side of the grill to create a “plank” for the salmon to lay on. Hence the name “planked” salmon. Get it?

Next, place the salmon on top of the fruit, close the grill lid, and cook for 15 minutes. 

salmon being placed onto a grill full of citrus fruit
overhead of seasoned salmon on a "plank" of orange and lime slices on the grill

Sauce Things Up

After the first 15 minutes of cooking, open up the grill and lather the planked salmon generously with the chili lime sauce. As with the seasoning, don’t hold back, because we want that flavor.

Next, close the grill lid again and cook the salmon for another 10 minutes or so. After 10 minutes, use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 130ºF because no one likes undercooked salmon. Then, it’s good to go!

Serve Your Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce

So, pull the cooked salmon off of the grill, allow it to cool for a couple of minutes, then serve it up with your favorite side dishes! 

planked salmon w/chili lime sauce on the grill
finished salmon being scooped with a spoon

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Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce

This Planked Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce is tender, flaky salmon smothered in a sweet, tangy, and spicy chili lime sauce.
Author:Derek Wolf
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people



  • 1 Whole Side of Salmon
  • 3 tbsp Smoked Chipotle Mezcal
  • Chopped Cilantro for garnish
  • 4-5 Navel Oranges sliced
  • 3-4 Limes sliced
  • Canola Oil

Chili Lime Sauce:

  • 2.5 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2.5 tbsp Chopped Cilantro
  • 1.5 tbsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp Honey
  • 1.5 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ½ Navel Orange juiced
  • ½ Lime juiced


  • Preheat a two zone medium heat fire (around 325F).
  • Lather your salmon with canola oil and generously season with the Smoked Chipotle Mezcal seasoning or your seasoning of choice. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients for the Chili Lime Sauce.
  • Add all your sliced oranges and limes to the cool side of the grill to create a “plank” for your salmon to lay on. Place the salmon on top of the citrus. Close your grill lid and cook indirect at 325F for 15 minutes. After the first 15 minutes of cooking, open up the grill and lather your salmon with the Chili Lime Sauce all over. Close the lid and continue cooking the salmon until it reaches 130F internal (about 10 more minutes). Once done, use a large spatula to pull the salmon off the grill to cool for 1-2 minutes.
  • When done, serve the salmon and enjoy!


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 116mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 5mg

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks insane unfortunately I have a gas grill and a smoker. Can this recipe be used for either of those by chance? I’d love to try it.

    1. Hi Lynnae, Yes you could make this recipe on a smoker or gas grill. If using a gas grill, be sure to use a soaked wooden board for smoked under the salmon. Cheers,

    2. I’m going to use this on a pellet smoker/grill. I know depending on what brand you’re cooking on, as long as you cook it close to the 325 and indirect heat you should be fine. Get that internal temp is the key

    1. Hey Salvatore, this recipe works with skin on or skinless salmon. If you have the skin on, make sure to cook it skin side down. If you do not like salmon skin, you can easily remove it before serving.