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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon: a simple marinade and grilling on a cedar plank make this salmon totally unforgettable! Perfect for a summer BBQ!

Overhead view of Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon on a white plate with asparagus and lemon slices

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

I first tried this fantastic salmon preparation about a month into my blogging career. Some kind soul “stumbled” my post and I got hundreds of hits versus the usual 10 or so views I had been getting. I figured that alone signaled this recipe bears reposting! This Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon is cooked on a thin cedar board that can be found at most supermarkets.

Forkful of Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon on a white plate

How to Grill Using a Cedar Plank

The cedar plank board is soaked in water for a few hours, then preheated on the grill before the marinated fish is placed upon it. The cedar imparts a faint woodsy flavor which reminds me of the scent of the pine forests we hike through when transitioning to higher elevations in Colorado.

The soy-based marinade is made with all pantry ingredients except for a wee squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Part of it is reserved and reduced to drizzle on the salmon after cooking. Don’t skip that step!

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon on a plate in front of another piece of salmon on a cedar plank

An Easy, Elegant Grilled Salmon Recipe

First cooked for a family dinner to rave reviews, I realized it was perfect for company. I love to focus on a rich dessert, so an easy entree is a key to balancing out the menu so you’re not stuck in the kitchen all day long!

So test it out on your family first, and if you love it as much as we do, you’ll want to fire up the grill and make this scrumptious salmon for your next dinner party.

 Two fillets of Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon on a cedar plank

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Cedar Planked Salmon

A simple marinade and cooking technique for salmon that impart a complex, irresistible flavor

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons, dry white wine (I used Gallo Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 salmon fillets


  1. Combine the first six ingredients. Reserve half this marinade for later use.
  2. Marinate salmon for 20-30 minutes.Soak cedar plank in water about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat plank on grill. Grill salmon on plank about 8-10 minutes with the lid on or to desired doneness. For glaze, take reserved marinade and simmer in saucepan till reduced by half. Place salmon on serving platter and cover with glaze.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 633Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 579mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 51g


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55 comments on “Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon”

  1. Those cedar planks always catch my eye, bet they’d be good for chicken too:@)
    PS-No Sunday Supper link list this week? I’ll stop back…

  2. Aw, yah. I loves me some planked salmon! This sounds divine…

  3. Wow, this is so interesting and sounds absolutely delicious. I’m still surprised that the board doesn’t burn!

  4. I have yet to bust out a cedar plank on the grill. This salmon looks amazing. Pinned.

  5. For all the grilling I do, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve not grilled on a cedar plank yet. I can only imagine the amount of flavor that is sent up through the wood. It definitely looks delicious.

  6. Count me as another one that hasn’t grilled on a plank…yet! Inspiration to try it here.

  7. p.s. your mention of StumbleUpon reminded me I hadn’t been on the site in awhile. Stumbled your post & adding my SundaySupper swordfish.

  8. What an interesting way to cook the fish. We’re not salmon lovers, but I’m sure you could use this method for other fish as well, right? I hope you’ll bring this recipe by my recipe link party The Yuck Stops Here this Tuesday evening sometime after 8pm ET to share with my friends there, I’m sure they’ll love it too. You can find the party on my blog, Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos. HUGS

  9. Hi Liz, yes, I have cooked with a cedar plant before and it was wonderful, love your glaze/sauce.

  10. This is beautiful – and another great salmon recipe that is calling me to go back to Alaska! 😉

  11. Lis–I can get on board with this type of planking …LOL The other one is just too hard, my abs are weak. Looks great!

  12. Oh my! That sounds amaaaaayyyy-zing!

  13. Stunning! Definitely worth posting again – I missed it the first time. You have the luckiest family.

  14. I just had my eyes on a cedar plank the other day specifically to grill salmon! I can’t wait to try this recipe Liz!

  15. Cedar plank salmon is one of those things that is so simple but so flavourful!

  16. Yum!! Salmon is so divine on the grill

  17. This is how my dad cooks salmon. I haven’t had it in years though. Your description has my mouth watering.

  18. I’ve never grilled on a cedar plank before, but I’ve always wanted to give it a try!

  19. Cedar plank grilling sounds fantastic. Great salmon!

  20. This looks incredible – so wish I had a plate right now!

  21. I ‘planked’ years ago when it was trendy but I haven’t since then. I think it’s time to drag the cedar back out after looking at this!

  22. Liz, I love cedar plank salmon although I’ve not made it at home. On my “to do” list. Thanks! 🙂 Pinned

  23. Look delicious Lizzy!I love salmon!

  24. Look delicious Lizzy!I love salmon!

  25. Lizzy,
    What a fabulous meal! I only recently began eating salmon but I’m hooked. I wouldn’t mind having this for supper any day of the week.

  26. Your salmon looks like heaven, love grilling with a cedar plank!

  27. I’ve seen cedar planks (and a few other varieties, too!) at the grocery store, and I have heard of “cedar plank grilled” foods before, but never really knew HOW to do it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  28. This salmon looks fantastic, what a wonderful recipe 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. Your salmon has my name written all over it, Liz. The essence of oak mingling with salmon (which has marinated in soy sauce) sound divine! And yes I know what you mean about those lovely scents of Colorado pines =)

  30. a very flavorful and delicious dish…the Cedar plank gives salmon so much more than if they would have been grilled otherwise,thanks 🙂

  31. This looks absolutely irresistible!

  32. What an awesome way to make salmon! And I just wanted to leave one more (yes, another one) note here to thank you for walking me through and introducing me to this awesome group of bloggers. You are SUCH a lovely lady, it’s an honor just being here reading through your wonderful blog 🙂 here’s to many more!

  33. I love cedar plank salmon but had kind of forgotten it. Thanks for reminding me Liz and for a delicious looking recipe. I love that the marinade works for a glaze as well! It’s funny salmon was the very first recipe on The Café. 🙂

  34. I have never walked the plank but clearly I should try it. Looks so goooddd.

  35. I never have cooked on a cedar plank and I wonder what in the heck I’m waiting for? Your salmon looks perfectly cooked and I’m sure that cedar adds a lovely flavor. Great choice adding the wine too. Nice with the cedar I’ll bet!

  36. We have been wanting to do this for ages! It’s really time to buy a plank!

  37. Hey, Liz!!! Although I am not a fan of salmon, this looks beautifully prepared and photographed as well! It is great to have healthy and quick recipes for the week.

  38. I’m a salmon junkie, so I know I’d love this!

  39. –What an interesting idea.
    I could live and die eating salmon. xx

  40. Definitely worth reposting! I’ve always wanted to try this, but now I guess the “new” version is the salt block. We actually tried it and it was great, too!

  41. I haven’t done this yet but I’m sure my fish loving family would really like this.

  42. Time to go purchase some salmon. We have several cedar planks but haven’t used them in a long time. Thanks for the inspiration. Your salmon looks fantastic!

  43. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve planked a salmon Liz. I don’t know why. It’s such a treat! And your post reminds me of that! Pinning!

  44. Love this recipe!! Your salmon looks so juicy and mouth watering good!!

  45. Eating like this.. now I know how you can stay so skinny. Looks like a perfect meal. 🙂

  46. Drooling over this beautiful dish. Love salmon grilled on the plank and yours looks perfect!

  47. Liz you just perfected one of my favorite foods! This sounds amazing!

  48. I love salmon so much but I haven’t tried cooking it on a cedar plant yet. Not sure I have seen them sold here in the UK but I will have to look again because this sounds so good.

  49. Oh so beautiful… I make a cedar planked salmon once every summer, you’re reminding me that I haven’t yet done so this year! Time to get a move on! Thanks for posting. 🙂

  50. I’ve grown very fond of salmon over the past couple years. This salmon looks and sounds dee-licious!

  51. It looks great Liz! And I’m willing to bet that this was Bill approved! 🙂

  52. Oh Liz! This is hands down my favorite way to make salmon, and you even paired it with my favorite veggie! My little foodie heart is going pitty pat 🙂

  53. I’ve been eyeballing the planks at the store for a while now! I’ve yet to try it, but once I get my new grill set up, guess what’s going on?!

  54. So simple, yet so delicious looking! That piece of salmon is picture perfect!

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