Copycat Outback Steakhouse Grilled Salmon Recipe

If you’re looking for a filling and delicious meal, you have certainly come to the right place. Outback Steakhouse, as their name implies, is known for their steaks that are grilled to savory perfection. However, if there’s one item on their menu that steals the spotlight from steaks, it’s the grilled salmon. So what makes them great? It’s certainly the smooth and crisp texture and its relatively lighter feel to the tummy. Grilled salmon is truly perfect for barbecues, birthdays, and luncheons. Above all, you can now make this grilled salmon recipe at home and enjoy it whenever you want!

For this recipe, you only need salmon fillets that you can buy in the market. But if you know how to fillet some fish, you can go ahead and buy a whole salmon. In addition, we recommend sprinkling your salmon with lemon juice before you grill it to add some flavor to it.

Discover how to make the perfect grilled salmon similar to Outback Steakhouse. As an added bonus, we also included a recipe for tartar sauce to add that sweet tangy flavor to your grilled salmon. Lastly, you can certainly enjoy your grilled salmon recipe with an equally delicious appetizer like this Cocktail Rye Canapes.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Grilled Salmon Recipe

How To Make Copycat Outback Steakhouse Grilled Salmon

Replicate this flavorful dish from Outback Steakhouse in the comfort of your own home. This recipe lets you prepare a meal just enough for the family with minimal effort.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • 3 salmon fillets, 1-inch thick

For the tartar sauce:

  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp horseradish, prepared
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

For the seasoning sauce:

  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp horseradish, prepared
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp soy sauce


Tartar Sauce:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, basil, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of horseradish, and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce.

  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper, mix, and set aside.

Seasoning Sauce:

  1. Combine the olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of horseradish, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.

  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce and mix using a whisk until ingredients are well combined.

  3. Brush seasoning sauce to both sides of the salmon.

  4. Grease and heat the grill at medium-high heat.

  5. Cook the salmon for 5 minutes on each side.

  6. Serve on a plate and garnish, and you're all set!

Recipe Notes

  • For added flavor, marinate your salmon for a couple of hours -- or 24 hours -- before grilling.
  • Preheat the pan on the stove for a few minutes before adding the fish. This creates a nice crust on the fish and will prevent the meat from falling apart later on.
  • Serve with a side of seasonal vegetables of your liking, just like in Outback Steakhouse restaurants.


  • Sugar: 2g
  • :
  • Calcium: 48mg
  • Calories: 278kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 482mg
  • Protein: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 618mg
  • Vitamin A: 324IU
  • Vitamin C: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when the salmon is done?

Check the thickest part of the fish with a knife or fork. The fish is cooked if the meat is slightly flaky. It’s fine if the flesh inside is still a bit translucent. You can then cook it for a longer time to adjust to your liking.

How do I grill salmon correctly?

Salmon is already a fatty fish so there’s no need for excess oil. However, if you have skinless fillets, you can add a thin layer of oil on the pan and heat till it shimmers. Use an oil with a high smoke point, like canola oil. Also use the right kind of charcoal. Charcoals that are made from hardwood is a great choice because it burns at a higher temperature and can shorten the grilling time. Of course, you need to make sure that the grill is hot before putting the fish. 

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Give this recipe a try! Make a dish that's perfect for sharing that requires only little effort. Besides having to prepare it a night before you plan to serve it, it's really quite an easy dish to cook. A flavorful flakey fish is sure to be a hit at dinner parties. Perfectly moist, thanks to the simple overnight marinade that ensures you don't have to deal with tough and dry fish meat.
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