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Salmon Cedar Plank on the Grill

cedar plank salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe
A very popular grill fish, salmon on the grill is made even better when it is grilled on a cedar plank. The cedar plank adds a sweet, almost honey-like, smoky flavor to the salmon. This smoky flavor on top of the mild flavor of fresh salmon makes a tasty, healthy dish. In this salmon cedar plank recipe we use wild sockeye salmon. If you can find fresh wild sockeye salmon, it has better flavor than farm raised salmon.

When using a cedar plank, always make sure you use untreated cedar.  We recommend you use cedar planks that are made for cooking.  We use these cedar planks from Amazon but you can find them at many local stores.

1 1/2 lbs wild sockeye salmon fillet
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup dry sherry
1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Prepare the plank
Soak the plank for several hours in water. This allows the plank to absorb the water, which will keep it from burning and steam the fish while on the grill.  We use a pan filled with water to keep the plank from floating since keeping it submerged will cause it to absorb more water.

Soak the cedar plank

Prepare the fish
In a dish, mix the brown sugar, the soy sauce, white wine and dry sherry.  In a baking dish that will hold the salmon, lay out the salmon fillet skin side up. Pour the marinade over the salmon. Lift the fillet to allow the marinade to reach all parts of the salmon. Marinate for 1/2 hour. Marinade the salmon skin side up

Turn the salmon over, skin side down, and marinate for another 1/2 hour.

Marinade the salmon skin side down

Prepare the grill
Heat the grill to medium high heat, 375 to 400 degrees. Five (5) minutes before you are ready to start grilling, place the plank on the grill.  We use indirect heat with a closed lid in this case, as it preserves the plank so you can use it several times, so don’t place the plank directly over the flames or coals.  After heating the plank for 5 minutes, brush a thin layer of oil on the surface of the plank being careful not to spill any on the open flame.

Grill the salmon fillet
Add the salmon fillet to the warm and oiled cedar plank.  Close the lid and let the salmon cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees.

Grilling salmon on a cedar plank

Remove from the grill and serve your delicious cedar plank salmon.  A nice California chardonnay goes great with salmon.

As a side dish, we recommend grilled asparagus and grilled potatoes (coming soon!).

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3 Responses


Jimmy Mills


One (or more) of these cedar planks would be a perfect hostess or Christmas gift for the one who has everything (or who doesn’t.) Neither is apt to have one of these, so the donor is almost certain to have made a gift that will be unique, appreciated, remembered, and talked about for a price, I assume, less than that for a totally unimaginative, totally forgettable bottle of wine, for example.




I do the salmon on cedar Plank a lot and for parties I serve the Salmon right on the plank with some crackers. I also enjoy making some fresh salsa ( not cooked ) and topping the Salmon about 5 min. before removing from the grill.


mighty missy max


love it!

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