Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

I’m sharing my absolute favorite dish to prepare on the grill and my favorite recipe. This is Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon and it is fantastic! Fresh salmon grilled on a cedar plank, smothered in creamy lemon dill sauce.

Amazing Cedar Plank Salmon smothered in creamy lemon dill sauce for you to grill this summer! | willcookforsmiles.com

This is one amazing dish that I hope you will get a chance to make this weekend…or any other day really!

This salmon gets it’s wonderful smokey flavor from the cedar plank that it is cooked on. I just love that wood flavor that is smoked into the fish. It reminds me of all the camping trips I used to go on a long, long time ago.

When I was still in Russia, my friends and I used to go camping almost every weekend in the summer. Our camping trips involved campfires, shish kebabs and listening to guys play guitar all night. I really miss those fun days in the woods, especially the grilling on a wood campfire. There is something about  meat that was cooked over wood fire that is unbelievably delicious.

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First time I tried salmon that was grilled over wood fire was in New Mexico, on my honeymoon. That was the best grilled salmon that I’ve ever tried and no other restaurant was able to recreate it. The only way to eat salmon that tasty is to grill it on cedar plank and throw some wood chips into the coals.


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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon
  • 1 lb of fresh salmon, skin on
  • 1 cedar plank, soaked for 2 hours in water
  • Soaked wood chips (preferable but not necessary)
  • Sauce:
  • ⅓ cup of mayo
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp minced fresh dill
  • salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  1. Make sure the cedar plank was soaked for a while. While the plank is soaking, marinade the salmon.
  2. Cut salmon into 3-4 even pieces. Leave the skin on.
  3. Mix mayo, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper together until all combined.
  4. Rub creamy sauce over the salmon, cover it in foil and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  5. Once the coals are ready, add wood chips if you are using them. Follow directions on the package.
  6. Place salmon, skin down, on the cedar plank.
  7. Place the plank on the grill and cover it. Cook for 15-25 minutes, until light pink throughout and still moist. Cooking time will depend in the thickness and size of salmon. While cooking, touch salmon on the thickest part to feel if it is firm. It will feel firm and no longer squishy when done.
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  1. Wanda Barcomb says

    I am anxious to try tour planked salmon! I have a gas grill however, so what temperature should I use? Also, should in cook it with direct or indirect heat. Thanks!

  2. Cynthia Weatherly says

    My husband and I shared this recipe and found it to be healthy, delicious, and very good paired with a rice pilaf and Tarragon Avocado dish. Thanks Lyuba for sharing.


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