Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

This is one of the most flavorful ways to grill!! My Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon is not only healthy, but tastes amazing, and is very easy to prepare!  It will be your new summer favorite!


Grilled on a gas or charcoal grill, this salmon is easy, delicious and has just a few simple ingredients.  The perfect healthy, delicious summer dinner!

Have you ever made and ate a meal and then when finished ask yourself, “Why don’t I make this more often?”  That’s what I said to myself last night after making this super delicious and easy Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon.

Grilled on a gas or charcoal grill, this salmon is easy, delicious and has just a few simple ingredients.  The perfect healthy, delicious summer dinner!


In our house we love eating salmon – its probably from our years living in the pacific northwest, where salmon is very fresh and plentiful.  I eventually learned how to grill using cedar planks, and it couldn’t be easier!  The cedar plank gives the salmon a subtle, yet very flavorful smokey flavor.  When using the cedar plank, you don’t need a fancy glaze or a heavy tarter sauce to accompany the fish.  It is simply perfect with just a few ingredients.

Grilled on a gas or charcoal grill, this salmon is easy, delicious and has just a few simple ingredients.  The perfect healthy, delicious summer dinner!

You can find cedar planks almost anywhere grilling supplies are sold.  I purchased mine at Target in the seasonal grilling area where the accessories are located.  You can definitely find cedar planks on line as well.  Rule of caution: DO NOT use a regular piece of wood you would get at a hardware store.  Home building lumber has typically been chemically treated and is not intended to be used for cooking.


Grilled on a gas or charcoal grill, this salmon is easy, delicious and has just a few simple ingredients.  The perfect healthy, delicious summer dinner!

Anytime you’re grilling with a cedar plank there are a couple simple rules to remember.  Rule One: ALWAYS remember to soak your cedar plank in water before grilling.  This prevents the wood from going up in flames with your food along with it.  I do this by filling a large roasting pan with water, a couple inches deep, and submerging the plank, and holding it down with a bottle of wine or jar of sauce from the pantry.  Something to keep it fully submerged.  I soak the plank for at least a couple hours.  Rule Two: When grilling the salmon, keep a spray bottle of water on hand, just in case the plank flames a bit.  Don’t worry – its fine if this happens.  The spray bottle is there to shoot down the flames, and keep the food from being charred.

Grilled on a gas or charcoal grill, this salmon is easy, delicious and has just a few simple ingredients.  The perfect healthy, delicious summer dinner!

Another bonus to this fantastic dish:  its Clean Eating and a Paleo friendly dish.  There is definitely something to say for simplicity!  There are very few ingredients in this dish – but you don’t need much.  Salt and pepper, garlic, dill and some lemon slices accompany the salmon and provide it with some extra depth.  Here’s how it comes together:

Yields 3-5

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

This Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon is deliciously simple. Made with just a few ingredients, it gets its flavor from the smokey cedar plank that its grilled on. Clean Eating and Paleo Friendly, this dish is super health, and super delicious!!

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 3-4, (4-6 oz.) salmon fillets, or one large half salmon (look for wild caught if available) fresh or frozen
  • 1 lemon
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. -3 hours prior to grilling, prepare your cedar plank by soaking it in water. (A large roasting pan filled with a couple inches of water works well. Submerge the plank in water by holding it down with a heavy item like a bottle of wine or jar of sauce.) Let the plank soak fully for at least 2 hours. DON'T SKIP THIS STEP!
  2. Using an outgood gas or charcoal grill, light it for medium high heat. Don't use a cedar plank indoors.
  3. When plank has been soaked, place your fully thawed salmon fillets on the plank. Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper to your taste. Next sprinkle on the minced garlic and dill. Lastly, slice the lemon in half. Squeeze one half of the juice of the lemon onto the fillets. Slice the other half of the lemon in slices, then the slices in halves. Place the halves on top of the salmon.
  4. Place the prepared salmon onto the hot grill. Check the salmon on occastion to ensure the plank isn't flaming up. Use a spray bottle filled with water to shoot out any flare-ups. Grill for 12-15 minutes, or when salmon flakes. For a thicker salmon, increase grill time appropriately. Safely remove the hot plank from the grill with grilling tongs. Transporting on a baking sheet works well, as the plank will be very hot.
  5. Serve right away with additional lemon wedges if desired.

As you can see, this recipe is incredibly simple.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, and grilling season is upon us, I’ll definitely be making this much more often.

This recipe is part of the 2014 Clean Eating Challenge, and post 2 of 4.  Me and several other fantastic food bloggers will be coming up with some fantastic Clean Eating options to keep us healthy.



Grilled on a gas or charcoal grill, this salmon is easy, delicious and has just a few simple ingredients.  The perfect healthy, delicious summer dinner!


  1. Salmon is one of my favorite foods and this recipe looks incredible! Might just have to make this for dinner tonight! :)
  2. Oh how I wish I had some salmon to make this tonight! Of course I would also need a new barbecue, but it would be worth it. It looks incredibly delicious Erin. :)
  3. Cedar Plank Salmon is my husband's favorite! He orders it every chance he gets!
    • says
      This is so easy to do at home, Sandy!! Your husband will love you even more once you make this salmon at home and not have to go out for it! Enjoy!! ~Erin
  4. I've never made cedar planked salmon! Dying to try it this year though now that the weather is getting nicer. Sounds delish! Trish
  5. Definitely making this! I have some planks in the pantry too! I love salmon, and this looks delicious!
    • says
      Bust out those planks, get 'em soaking and you'll have an amazing dinner in no time! ;) Hope you get to enjoy soon, Michelle! Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Erin
  6. Erin, this looks unbelievable! For some reason, I rarely make fish at home but this looks so gorgeous I just have to try it for myself :)
    • says
      Thanks, Amy!! Give it a try - its pretty easy, and tastes amazing! Hope you get to enjoy soon. ~E
  7. We love salmon and it's always nice to have several recipes. The looks and sounds amazing. Found you from a hop. Stop by any time. Theresa
  8. Oh how I LOVE cedar plank grilled salmon. Yours looks totally delicious. Pinned and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!
  9. We hardly ever make or eat salmon, but I absolutely LOVE it!! Your recipe looks mouthwatering...definitely pinning to make this summer! Thanks for sharing all your fabulous recipes with us at SNF!
    • says
      Thanks so much, Cathy! Definitely a great summer dinner - super easy to make, tastes amazing! Hope you get to enjoy soon. ~Erin
  10. I am featuring this tomorrow on my Tasty Tuesday blog hop. I'd love if you'd stop by and link up again. Make sure you grab a featured button! Julia @ Mini Van Dreams
  11. This looks so delicious, I had to feature it for this week's Create & Share party that goes live at 6pm PST! I can't wait to see what you've been cooking this week! -Karly
  12. Erin, this is beautiful, and your photography is gorgeous. I'm so glad you brought this to Treasure Box Tuesday- I'm sharing on Facebook this evening at 8:00 p.m. CST! :)
  13. Cedar lumber at a hardware store is not chemically treated because it's naturally resistant to decay and insects. Treating or coating it would defeat the purpose of using cedar, because it's not as strong as most other woods. I worked in the forest industry for twelve years and it was a running joke to consider how much people pay for cedar cut into small grilling planks when it's the same thing as the boards in the lumber yard.
    • says
      Thank you for the feedback, Marc. You could certainly stop by the hardware store and pick up some cedar. That's a great idea. I put the caveat out there simply to keep people from grilling with a random piece of lumber. Some people may not be aware of lightly varnished wood, or something that may have been previously painted, or pretreated. I hope you get to enjoy the cedar plank salmon, Marc. Happy Summer!
  14. Marisa says
    I have never liked Salmon, but always try it (the hubby loves it) and have never found a way that I like it until your recipe. I just started Paleo and wanted to add Salmon into my routine somehow since I know how good it is for me. Just wanted to say thanks!
    • says
      Marisa, I'm so happy that this recipe has brought you to enjoy this great fish! I hope you get to enjoy it again soon. All the best, ~Erin
  15. Any suggestion for a wine that pairs well with this dish? Thank you, and thanks for this recipe I am soaking my planks at this very moment.
    • says
      Hi Steve! I would go with a nice Chardonnay or Pino Grigio. The pino will go especially well with the slightly smokey notes that the salmon will have. Enjoy!! ~Erin
      • I think it is only fair that I come back and leave a compliment. Simply started, I will never cook Cedar Plank Salmon any other way then this. Incredible, in one word. Thanks for the recipe an I will be sure to check out the rest of your recipes as well. You've won my wife and myself over. :) The only thing I did different (but not really) was that instead of table salt, I used Pink Himalayan Salt. PS, Chardonnay (Horse Haven Hills, 2013) went very will with this and the only thing we had on the side was a Rosemary loaf broiled with Avocado oil. Thanks again for an incredible recipe. :)
        • says
          Thanks so much, Steve!! So glad you and your wife enjoyed it. Happy Summer! ~Erin
  16. cheryl says
    3/8" or 1/2" planks? which is better?
    • says
      I would definitely go with the 3/8" - the 1/2" is a bit too thick. I've always used the 3/8" plank and have had great success with getting a nice smokey char. The 3/8" holds up well, and is still very sturdy once the cooking is done and you need to trasfer the plank over back in the house afterwards. Enjoy!! ~Erin
  17. Totally YUMMO! Wild Sockeye Salmon was on sale @ Fred Meyer today for only $5.99 Boy do I love the Pacific NW! Your recipe was amazing, I added my homemade Emeril's seasoning, Lemon Pepper, and Olive Oil. DELISH! I'm your newest FB fan!! THANKS!!
    • says
      Yeahhhh!!! Victory! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much! ~Erin
  18. Now THAT'S what's for dinner! thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!
  19. This salmon looks amazing! Thanks for linkin' up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!
  20. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Pinned and shared! Can’t wait to see what you bring to the party this week.
  21. What a classic! And the photos are lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday! Mollie
  22. I have to try this! This Salmon looks amazing! Thank you for sharing on Tasty Tuesday's :)
  23. You have some amazing recipes on your blog. We love salmon at our house. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party.


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