Cedar Plank Salmon

Our family has been going to Ludington, Michigan every summer for the past twenty years.  Every year we catch fresh salmon and try new recipes to make the most of our fresh catch.  This year we did two grilled salmon recipes that were pretty tasty.    We did cedar plank salmon and a new twist on fish tacos which you can find here.  The cedar plank salmon instructions and photos are below.

Here’s an example of the salmon we catch every year.  In the pic below, from left to right are me (Tom), my best friend, Brad Barker, and my dad Gary:

Cedar Plank Salmon
Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon Ingredients
:
1.5 cups brown sugar
3 tbsp course ground coffee
1.5 tsp cumin
1.5 tsp garlic powder
.5 tsp salt
.5 tsp pepper
2 large salmon fillets
Cedar Planks (purchase planks that are marketed for cooking purposes that are unseasoned)

I realize that for some, cedar is off putting. There are lots of other varieties of grilling planks. We get ours at Bob’s Smokin’ Hardwood who carry Alder, Cherry, Hickory, Maple and Oak along with Cedar. They also carry smoke wood and grilling wraps. Grilling wraps, you ask? Check out this Double Tequila Shrimp recipe cooked in a cedar wrap.

Soak cedar planks in water for approximately 60 minutes.  While the planks are soaking prepare a charcoal fire for direct grilling.

Combine all ingredients (except the salmon and cedar planks):

Cedar Plank Salmon

Cover the salmon with the combined ingredients:

Cedar Plank Salmon

Wipe the planks dry with a paper towel, place the plank on the grill, drizzle with olive oil then spread some of the rub on the plank:

Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon

Next place salmon on the plank and place a generous amount of rub over the top of the salmon:

Cedar Plank Salmon

Place the cedar plank salmon on the grill over medium to medium high heat (approximately 375 degrees) and close lid.  Grill for 20 to 30 minutes until salmon is done.  Grilling times will vary depending on size of fish.  Do not turn the fish.

Cedar Plank Salmon

As you can see the rub will cook off as the fat from the fish and the sugar combine forming a syrup that will run off the sides into the grill:

Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon

When done, carefully remove the grilled cedar plank salmon from grill and transfer to heat resistant surface.  Serve from the plank:

Cedar Plank Salmon

If you have any questions about the grilled cedar plank salmon recipe, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

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Cedar Plank Salmon
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Seafood
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Salmon, seasoned and rubbed, cooked on the grill on a cedar plank
Ingredients
  • Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon Ingredients:
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp course ground coffee
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • .5 tsp salt
  • .5 tsp pepper
  • 2 large salmon fillets
  • Cedar Planks (purchase planks that are marketed for cooking purposes that are unseasoned)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients other than the plank and the salmon
  2. Put the salmon in a flat container and cover with the combined ingredients
  3. Place the cedar plank over a medium high grill and cover with any extra rub
  4. Cook for 20-30 minutes until the desired doneness
  5. Do not flip the salmon
  6. Remove the plank carefully from the grill as it will be very hot and place on a heat resistant surface
  7. Serve from the grilling plank
 

Tom Jones

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We’ve been making cedar plank Salmon for years and the best way is to keep it simple. Finely chopped rosemary, salt, pepper and some lemon. That’s it, you can’t go wrong. Oh and don’t over cook!

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