Looking for a unique recipe for summer grilling? Grab a cedar plank and make this Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon!
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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!
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.
Did you make this Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon
For the Salmon
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.