Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe

One of the best ways to eat this omega-3-rich fish is by grilling it on cedar planks outside. The spice rub is a simple mixture of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and paprika, and it pairs perfectly with the smoky flavor of the cedar planks.

When we’re not grilling, we love to make salmon indoors, and we have a few favorite recipes for it: Baked Asian Salmon in Foil, Blackened Salmon Burgers with Avocado Crema, and I recently shared my Blackened Salmon Tacos!

  1. Soak the cedar planks. One to two hours before grilling, submerge the cedar planks in wine, sake, cider, or water.
  2. Heat the grill. …
  3. Lay the planks on the grill. …
  4. Place the salmon on the planks. …
  5. Grill for 12 to 15 minutes. …
  6. Remove the skin. …
  7. Cut into portions and serve.

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Cedar Plank Salmon πŸ”—

Using a cedar plank to grill salmon infuses every bite of fish with woody flavor, plus it keeps the fish from getting charred.

Prep: 10min

Total: 2h30min


  • 2 cedar planks
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-oz.) salmon fillets, skin removed, patted dry
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Place the cedar planks on a rimmed baking sheet, fill the baking sheet with water and let soak for 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, 1 tablespoon salt, and ΒΌ teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Coat each fillet with the dry rub, and place on a small rimmed baking sheet or plate. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 2 hours, or up to overnight.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium high for 5 minutes. Place 2 salmon fillets on each cedar plank and place on the hot grill. Cover and cook for 16 to 20 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Remove from the grill, garnish with lime wedges, and serve right off the wood plank.


How long does it take to grill salmon on a cedar plank?

The internal temperature of the salmon should read 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer the salmon and plank to a platter and serve straight off the plank. Place the cedar plank in the middle of the hot grate, away from the heat. Cover the grill and cook until the salmon is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes.

What temperature do you grill salmon on a cedar plank?

According to Susie Bulloch of, the ideal grill temperature for cedar-planked salmon is between 375 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit (191 and 204 degrees Celsius).

What do you soak cedar planks in for salmon?

A charcoal or gas grill should be heated to about 400Β° F, or medium-high, and should be ready to use. Soak the cedar plank for 30 minutes, and up to 2 hours, by completely submerging it in water, wine, or cider. You can use a combination of water and wine/cider.

Can you grill salmon on plank?

The salmon should cook for 12 to 20 minutes, depending on thickness, after the plank has been placed on the grill rack and has been preheated for about 5 minutes or until it starts to smoke and crackle.

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