Grilling on a Cedar or Alder Plank

Grilling on a Cedar or Alder Plank

Why Grill Salmon on a Cedar (Or Alder) Plank?

Grilling salmon on a cedar or alder plank is a fantastic way to infuse the fish with a smoky, earthy flavor. The cedar plank acts as a natural aromatic, enhancing the taste of the salmon and adding a unique touch to your grilling experience.

What You'll Need

To grill salmon on a cedar plank, you'll need the following:

  • A fresh salmon fillet
  • A plank, soaked in water for at least 1 hour (see ours here)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: additional seasonings like garlic powder, lemon zest, or dill

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps to grill salmon on a plank:

Step 1: Prepare the Cedar Plank

Soak the plank in water for at least 1 hour. This prevents the wood from catching fire on the grill.

Step 2: Preheat the Grill

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 375°F to 400°F).

Step 3: Season the Salmon

Brush the salmon fillet with olive oil and season it with salt and pepper. You can also add additional seasonings according to your preference.

Step 4: Place the Cedar Plank on the Grill

Place the soaked cedar plank directly on the grill grates and close the lid. Let the plank heat up for about 5 minutes until it starts to smoke.

Step 5: Grill the Salmon

Place the seasoned salmon fillet on the heated cedar plank. Close the lid and let the salmon cook for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

Carefully remove the cedar plank from the grill using heat-resistant gloves or tongs. Transfer the grilled salmon to a serving platter or leave on the plank for a rustic presentation, and garnish with fresh herbs or lemon slices. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Grilling salmon on a cedar plank is a simple yet impressive cooking technique that will elevate your next outdoor gathering. The smoky flavors and moist texture of the salmon will leave your guests raving. Give it a try and become the grill master of your neighborhood!

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