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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Cilantro Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Cilantro Sauce

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Grilled salmon skewers with cilantro sauce are the perfect quick and easy, healthy weeknight dinner. Now that summer is almost here, I’m back to sharing all my favorite grilling recipes!

These grilled salmon skewers only need a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes to get this delicious dinner on the table. The cilantro sauce is super creamy thanks to the use of skyr or yogurt and packed with protein. Serve with some grilled veggies and steamed rice for a balanced meal!

grilled salmon skewers

In any place where I’d use sour cream, I love swapping in yogurt or skyr. It’s super creamy without being too sour and it packs some serious protein!

grilled salmon skewers

How to make Grilled Salmon Skewers

This recipe is a cinch to make! I love having a go-to grilled salmon recipe for nights when I don’t have a lot of time on my hands.

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Ingredients you’ll Need

  • Salmon. Pick your favorite salmon here! I like using Atlantic salmon because it’s a little fattier and doesn’t dry out while cooking.
  • Lemons. Lemon juice in the cilantro sauce and sliced lemon grilled with the salmon makes these skewers extra fresh.
  • Olive Oil. Opt for an olive oil with a higher smoke point.
  • Spices. I used a bit of ancho chili powder and cumin to make these grilled salmon skewers extra flavorful.
  • Yogurt/skyr. Anytime I can, I like swapping in yogurt or skyr where I would usually use sour cream.
  • Avocado. A bit of avocado adds some healthy fat to our cilantro sauce.
  • Cilantro. Fresh cilantro pairs so well with the salmon!
  • Jalapeño. Gotta have some spice! Remove the seeds or just use half a jalapeño to make the cilantro sauce more mild.

Best Salmon for Grilled Salmon Skewers

For grilling, you want to choose a firm and slightly fattier salmon so that it holds up to grilling and won’t dry out. I used high-quality Atlantic salmon because it’s flavorful and readily available. Other great options would be Coho, Sockeye, and King salmon.

No matter what salmon you use, make sure to purchase from a reputable location that handles their seafood in a sanitary and safe manner. If you have a local seafood store, check with the fish monger and see what they’d recommend that day. Nothing is better than building relationships in your community with local businesses!

grilled salmon skewers

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Grilled Salmon Skewers with Cilantro Sauce

These grilled salmon skewers are the perfect weeknight dinner! Healthy, gluten-free, and they only take minutes to throw together.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 4 -6 servings


Salmon Skewers

  • 2 lbs. Salmon filet cubed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced

Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Plain Skyr or full-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • In a medium mixing bowl, toss the salmon cubes with the olive oil, spices, salt, and pepper until evenly coated. Thread the salmon onto metal skewers, alternating salmon pieces and lemon slices.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates well, or oil a grill basket. Grill the salmon skewers about 4 minutes per side, until just cooked through. Remove from the heat and rest before serving.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the skyr/yogurt, avocado, lemon, cilantro, jalapeño, and olive oil. Process until smooth, adding water as necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve salmon with lemon wedges and cilantro sauce on the side.


Serving: 4ozCalories: 236kcalProtein: 23gFat: 15.5gSaturated Fat: 3.4gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 300mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner and it was so amazing!! My husband said he felt like he ate out at a restaurant. Def going to make this again!