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

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 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 remind 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 the 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 Print

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Cedar Planked Salmon

A simple, delicious salmon recipe cooked on a cedar plank.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Seafood
  • Method: Grilled


  • 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.

Total time: about an hour if using charcoal grill

Summer BBQ Party with my Sunday Supper friends

Thanks to Melanie, of Melanie Makes, for hosting us this week!



Sides and Accompaniments

Main Dishes



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55 comments on “Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon”

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

  2. It looks great Liz! And I’m willing to bet that this was Bill approved! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 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?!

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

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