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
 
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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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