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Best Grilled Salmon Recipe using Grilling Cedar Planks

This Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon is easy and is our best grilled salmon recipe.  Learn how to use cedar grilling planks for this cedar plank salmon grill dish and serve it with our homemade mango pico de gallo.


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Cedar Planked Smoked Salmon is our all-time favorite way to cook a gorgeous salmon fillet.    It’s quick and easy and we can have a healthy dinner on the table in no time at all.   Smoked salmon can be on the pricey side but if you have a few little tricks up your sleeve, your family can enjoy this gourmet dish for a fraction of the cost.


How to use cedar grilling planks:

How to use cedar grilling planks
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The best way to use cedar grilling planks is to soak them for 30 minutes to an hour prior to using. Place salmon, pork or item of your chose on the wet planks and carefully lay them on a hot grill.
  These  Cedar grilling planks can be found in most kitchen shops.   But they can also be ordered online.  It’s easier and we can always keep a supply around inexpensively so you can enjoy this best grilled salmon recipe anytime.  These cedar planks can be bought in several size packages, we order the larger sizes since it’s more cost-efficient. 

The Best Grilled Salmon Recipe:

This smoked salmon is seasoned with store-bought teriyaki sauce and smoked for about 10 minutes.
Equipment Needed:


How to make cedar plank salmon on the grill


Salmon fillets in dish
While the planks are soaking, place salmon fillets in a marinade dish and pour the teriyaki sauce over them.
Salmon on grilling planks
Spray a small amount of cooking spray on the soaked planks.   Then place the salmon fillets skin side down on them.
smoking salmon on cedar planks
Carefully place the soaked cedar planks with the salmon on a hot grill.  And close the lid to trap the aromatic smoke.
Cedar plank salmon on the grill
Cook for about 10 minutes until the salmon is done.  It should be flaky but not dry and the internal temperature of 145 degrees measured in the thickest part of the fillet.  (you could use an instant-read thermometer)  Remove from the grill while still on the planks.
smoked salmon
This cedar plank salmon grill to perfection and it is golden brown and flaky.  The cedar gives the fish that gorgeous sheen and a light smoky taste.
grilled salmon with asparagus and couscous
You can have a cedar planked smoked salmon gourmet meal and not break the bank using these tips.    Just keep an eye out for salmon on sale or at your local market and enjoy this easy dish as often as you wish.

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5 from 5 votes

Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon Grill

Make this Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon with our best grilled salmon recipe. How to use cedar grilling planks for this cedar plank salmon grill dish with mango salsa
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Soaking Planks30 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Grilled Salmon Recipe, Cedar plank Salmon Grill, Cedar Planked Salmon, Cedar Planked Smoked Salmon, How to use Grilling Cedar Planks
Servings: 4
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Evelyn


  • Soak cedar planks completely submerged in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking
  • Place salmon fillets in a plastic baggie or marinade container and pour teriyaki sauce over them.
  • Heat grill to high
  • Lightly spray cooking oil on planks and place salmon fillets on planks, do not crowd the fillets.  So to allow plenty of room for smoke to circulate on every side of each one.
  • Place planks containing fillets on the grill and close the grill for about 10 minutes
  • Check for doneness, the salmon fillet should be flaky and cooked completely. Remove the entire plank with salmon.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Potassium: 41mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg


5 from 5 votes
Recipe Rating


Tuesday 20th of March 2012

Cedar planked is one of our fav ways to prepare salmon. Can't wait to try the mango salsa with it next time. And we get our salmon from Costco. It is quite good.


Tuesday 20th of March 2012

I've only done cedar planked salmon a handful of times--don't know why I don't do this more often since it's so good. Sounds like a winner with the mango salsa.


Thursday 15th of March 2012

This recipe seriously looks delish!


Friday 9th of March 2012

What a GREAT recipe. My husband would absolutely LOVE this. I just hope I can find those neat planks. I've seen it done before but haven't done it myself. And the salsa sounds like it is delish.


Monday 27th of February 2012

This salmon looks delicious and healthy too.