Cedar Planked Salmon With Spice Rub

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

Cooking fish on wooden planks is a native tradition. Use untreated cedar that you can buy at the local lumberyard or hardware store. You can usually use them a few times if they are not too badly charred.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak plank in a tub of cold water for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.
  2. Score top side of salmon in about 2"/5cm diagonal strips but do not cut through the skin.
  3. Rub olive oil into salmon.
  4. In a small bowl combine sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper and cumin.
  5. Rub into slits.
  6. Allow salmon to marinate 10 to 20 minutes.
  7. Place salmon on soaked plank.
  8. Place the whole thing, plank and salmon, on the rack of a barbecue.
  9. Close the lid or cover fish with an inverted metal baking dish and barbecue 20 to 25 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
  10. Remove cover for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  11. Do not turn fish during cooking. This can be brought to the table on the plank decorated with fresh herbs or the salmon can be transferred with a wide lifter to a serving platter or a clean plank.
  12. Bonnie Stern.
Most Helpful

I wish I could count the number of times I have made up this rub for salmon. We plank year round and this is our #1 recipe for planked salmon. I make the rub up x 4 so we are never out and I have given this recipe to so many people. Thank you!

buddy3229 July 17, 2014

Simple & delicious!<br/>The brown sugar & grilling on the cedar plank gave it SOOOO much flavor!

Carliles1028 March 12, 2014

We love this recipe. Quick and easy. Thanks for posting.

gwynn August 24, 2013