Cedar Planked Salmon with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs

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Grilled cedar planked salmon has a delightfully smoky flavor and never sticks to the grill!

cedar planked salmon

Cedar planked salmon is a mainstay on restaurant menus, yet it’s so easy — not to mention less expensive — to make at home. This is one of my favorite ways to prepare it: the cedar plank and herbs impart a smoky, woodsy flavor, while the lemon zest and garlic add zing.

To make life easy, I buy the salmon already skinned and portioned at the supermarket; then, when I get home, I make the marinade in ten minutes, put the salmon in the fridge, and go about my day. Come dinnertime, all that’s left to do is soak the plank, fire up the grill and make the sides. What’s more, the plank prevents the fish from sticking to the grill and makes clean-up a breeze. This dish pairs well with any number of salads and sides, but I like it best with my Caesar SaladSautéed Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes, and Rosemary Focaccia.

What you’ll need to make Cedar Planked Salmon

ingredients

As you can see, the ingredients are very straightforward. Even the cedar planks are easy to find; most large supermarkets carry them near the seafood department.

How to make Cedar Planked Salmon

marinade

Begin by making the marinade: combine the olive oil, lemon zest, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in a dish large enough to hold the salmon. Add the salmon to the dish and turn to coat evenly. Let the salmon marinate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to grill.

salmon-in-marinade

Meanwhile, soak the cedar plank in a sink or bowl of water for at least one hour, otherwise, it will be more prone to catch fire on the grill. Then, pat dry and place the marinated salmon on the plank.

ready-to-grill

Grill over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the salmon is done to your liking.

on-the-grill

Serve the salmon right off the plank with lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Cedar plank(s) for grilling
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, from 2 lemons
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (6-oz) salmon fillets, skin removed
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Fill a large bowl or sink with water. Soak the cedar plank(s) under the water for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a baking dish large enough to hold the salmon, combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Mix well. Add the salmon and turn to coat evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to grill (you can do this up to 4 hours ahead of time).
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (400°F to 450°F).
  4. Pat the soaked plank(s) dry and place the salmon on top. Place the plank(s) on the grill grates, close the cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is done to your liking. Douse or mist the plank(s) with a bit of water if it catches fire. Serve the salmon on a platter right off the plank(s) with lemon wedges.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 478
  • Fat: 36 g
  • Saturated fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Sodium: 392 mg
  • Cholesterol: 94 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • I am not usually I huge salmon fan but I loved it (and my two teens did too)! It is easy to prepare and super fresh tasting!! Can’t wait to try some of your other Salmon recipes, you might have converted me!!!! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • — Michelle on January 31, 2021
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  • Last year, I was recruited to make my mother-in-law’s birthday dinner (they didn’t want to eat out due to COVID) – she’s a good cook and a healthy eater. I made this salmon on the grill using fresh filets from a local seafood market, skin on. The only difficulty was making sure the cedar planks didn’t catch on fire, even after soaking. She said it was one of the best birthday meals she’d ever had!! Thanks, Jenn, for coming through when it matters most.

    • — Sarah Key on January 29, 2021
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  • We were looking for new ways to eat salmon. This has become our favorite!

    • — Lynn C. on January 28, 2021
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  • Absolutely amazing !! What else can I say.

    • — Barb on September 4, 2020
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  • Made this last night. Absolutely delicious, better than restaurant quality! Started with a great 1 lb. skin-on salmon fillet, marinated for a half hour and plank grilled to perfection! We will definitely be making this often! Thank you. @onceuponachef

    • — Ralph A. on August 11, 2020
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  • So easy with fresh herbs. for 2 pieces of salmon I used only a 1/4 cup of olive oil. I used lemon thyme and added a tsp of fresh chives. Delish. My husband wants to try in foil too vs plank.

    • — Melissa Sprague on July 17, 2020
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  • We tried this Jenn and felt it was just OK. I wasn’t a fan of all these herbs on salmon. Felt kind of bland and overpowering at the same time. I did enjoy using the cedar plank and am wondering if there are other recipes that it can be used for.

    • — Aman on July 6, 2020
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    • Hi Aman, Sorry you found this to be a bit bland. If you have the cookbook, I have a recipe for cedar plank salmon with an ancho-brown sugar spice rub on page 120. If you don’t own the cookbook, but would like the recipe, let me know and I can email it to you.

      • — Jenn on July 7, 2020
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  • Delicious and easy to make. The flavors were clear and perfect balance. I used steelhead trout instead of salmon – good with both kinds of fish.

    • — Diana Sikes on June 17, 2020
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