Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Looking for a unique recipe for summer grilling? Grab a cedar plank and make this Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon!

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

I really enjoy fish, but I don’t often make it at home.  I find cooking seafood at home to be a bit of a pain.  If I make it indoors, then the house will almost certainly smell like fish for the next 2 days.  If I try to go outdoors and grill it instead, then it almost always falls apart on the grill.  But then I decided to try grilling on a cedar plank…and it was amazing!  There was a bit of a learning curve for sure.  (I may or may not have incinerated the first plank because the grill heat was too high.)  But now that I’ve got the hang of it, I really enjoying cedar plank grilling!

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

This Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon recipe is a classic…and so easy to make! I found the salmon to be perfectly cooked with just a hint of smokiness from the salmon.  (And the best part?  My house didn’t smell like fish for days afterwards!)  I also made a quick Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce to go along with the grilled salmon.

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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Looking for a unique recipe for summer grilling? Grab a cedar plank and make this Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soaking Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 317kcal

Ingredients

For the Salmon

  • 1 cedar plank storebought
  • Apple cider optional
  • 2 salmon filets each about 6-8 ounces
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil

For the Yogurt Lemon Dill Sauce

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill or 1 tsp dried dill
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions

For the Salmon

  • Rinse the plank with water and soak in water for at least 2 hours. For extra flavor, try soaking the plank in a mixture of water and apple cider or wine. (If needed, place a weight on top of the plank to keep it submerged in the liquid. A can of beans works great for this task!) A large roasting pan or the kitchen sink is a great place to soak.
  • Preheat grill on medium-heat for 10 minutes, or until grill reaches 350°F.
  • Rinse salmon in cold water, and then pat dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pat the plank dry and lightly brush one side with olive oil.
  • Place salmon skin-side down on the oiled side of plank. Place plank directly on grill. Cover the grill, and cook for 13-17 min depending on size of salmon filet. Salmon is done when it is fully pink in the center, or when an instant-read thermometer reads 135F. Fully cooked salmon will also flake easily when scraped with a fork. The salmon does not need to be flipped while grilling. Note: keep a close eye on the plank once it starts to smoke to ensure that it does not catch on fire. A spray bottle of water next to the grill is quite helpful to keep the plank from catching on fire!
  • Remove skin from salmon. Sprinkle lemon juice on top and garnish with Dill Sauce. Serve hot.

For the Yogurt Lemon Dill Sauce

  • Combine all of the ingredients for the Dill Sauce in a medium bowl and stir together. Using a mini-food processor or immersion blender, blend the sauce until it reaches a smooth consistency. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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6 Comments

    1. Definitely grab two…I totally incinerated one when I was making this recipe because I had the grill temperature too high. Oops. But the second one worked…and that was some of the best salmon I’ve ever had!

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