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Cedar Planked Salmon with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs


– Cedar plank(s) for grilling – ¼ cup olive oil – ½ teaspoon salt – ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper – 2 teaspoons lemon zest, from 2 lemons – 1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary – 1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme – 2 cloves garlic, minced – 4 (6-oz) salmon fillets, skin removed – Lemon wedges, for serving

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


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.


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.


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


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