Cedar Plank Salmon

It’s finally Fall in Central Florida (kinda similar to September weather in the Northeast). There are some warmer days and some cooler days but the summer humidity is mostly gone (woohooo!!!)! So, now is the time I like to BBQ again. It’s not sweltering to stand in front of the bbq and I still get to enjoy some of my favorite dinners, like this grilled salmon.

Cedar plank salmon is easy to make – what can make it a little tricky is if you haven’t used cedar planks before. Really, the only thing you must do is soak them (like fully submerge them) in water for at least an hour so they don’t catch fire when you put them on the grill. They will smoke a little, but that’s what you want – it gives the salmon the good taste that way! Once you do that, it’s basically just normal grilling and fish is the easiest thing in the world to cook!

So, grab some cedar planks from the hardware store or Amazon (I like these) and get grilling!

Cedar Plank Salmon

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 3 (12 inch) untreated cedar planks
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 lb. salmon fillet, skin removed


  1. Soak the cedar planks for at least 1 hour in warm water. Soak longer if you have time.
  2. In a shallow dish, stir together the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Place the salmon fillets in the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to one hour.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. The boards are ready when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.img_6525
  4. Place the salmon fillets onto the planks and discard the marinade. Cover, and grill for about 20 minutes. Fish is done when you can flake it with a fork. It will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill. Enjoy!

Recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com.

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